Notice is hereby given
that the annual Panerai British Classic Week will take place between Saturday 08th and Saturday 15th July 2017. During this period heavy concentrations of sailing vessels of all types will be racing in the Solent, in the approaches to Cowes Harbour, Southampton Water and within the Precautionary Area. Mariners should be particularly vigilant and should maintain an efficient lookout for large vessels and sailing vessels and, at all times, navigate with extreme caution in the area. Starts and Finishes within and in the Approaches to Cowes Harbour
The Panerai British Classic Week races will be from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line and will vary each day. Mariners should also be aware of inner and outer distance marks; namely Panerai Yellow Inflatable marks. The outer mark ‘Alpha’ will be laid approximately 500m north and the inner mark will be laid approximately 150m north from the RYS flagstaff. Full details will be distributed to the commercial harbour users by the RYS in the Race Notification document 24hrs prior to the event; details are also available in the Sailing Instructions
on their website. The Principle Race Officer controlling the shoreline starts may be contacted on VHF Channel 69 call sign ‘Castle One’ throughout the start sequences. Advice for All Mariners - Navigation within the Cowes Harbour Fairways
Vessels may enter or depart Cowes via the main fairway or the Small Craft Channel depending upon their size and draught and the direction of approach or departure.
Small craft including those racing or preparing to race should be vigilant for large and regular commercial traffic including Red Funnel ferries and cargo vessels which cannot safely navigate outside of the main fairways and are reminded of their duty under Rule 9 of the Collision Regulations to avoid impeding their safe passage.
All mariners should make themselves familiar with all relevant Cowes Local Notice to Mariners on the Cowes Harbour Commission website.