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COWES CLUBS CHOOSE YOUR CLUB Cowes has a club to suit all tastes In front of the RYS is a great place to watch the racing ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON Founded in 1815, the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) is one of the oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. e home of the RYS is the iconic Cowes Castle, built in 1539 as part of Henry VIII’s chain of coastal defences. Today the cannon in front of the Castle signal the start of races, rather than approaching invaders. In front of the Castle, at the western end of e Parade near e Green, is a spectacular spot to watch the starts during Cowes Week and other major events. e RYS has an active racing and cruising programme including this year the 8 Metre World Cup. ROYAL LONDON YACHT CLUB e Royal London YC (RLYC) has a full programme of both racing and social events, including an active Younger Members’ division. Originally founded in London in 1838, membership is exclusive, being limited to just 500. e Club’s home since 1868 is an elegant Regency house on e Parade in Cowes, with some of the finest views across the Solent. e club organises and hosts the Cowes Classics Week, the largest regatta of its type in the world, for Metre classes, dayboats, classic yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition yachts, managed in association with several other Cowes and Island clubs. 46 In 2019, the Club will host a number of other regattas including Propsail, the Bank of England and the 26th Arrow Trophy. roughout the year, the Club offers full facilities, excellent accommodation and catering including fine dining. e recently installed London Landing outside the Club is reserved for RIBs and support boats but Members also moor on the Club’s private section of Trinity Landing. COWES CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB e Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club is based in the heart of Cowes – on Birmingham Road by land and opposite the Red No.6 Harbour buoy by sea. Established in 1952 by the late Tiny Mitchell, the CCYC is the only Yacht Club in Cowes that can provide marina berths and shoreside boat storage and facilities to its members. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere the CCYC prides itself on welcoming all local and visiting sailors. We offer visitors short-stay berthing and our bar opening hours can be found on our website along with all points of contact. We hold sailing, racing and social events throughout the year and encourage new members of all ages. For more details, please visit our website or contact the office. We look forward to seeing you. COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK