Covid-19 update
A decision on whether it will be possible to hold the Arrow event this October will be taken by 31st July. In case it proves necessary to cancel this year’s event the Management Committee is investigating the possibility of holding a spring event (weekend 17th/18th May 2021) in addition to the planned main regatta (1st-3rd October 2021).

2020 Entries.
The deadline for 2020 entries has past and the confirmed entry list can be accessed in the sidebar opposite.
Given the Covid-19 emergency entrants will not be required to make deposit payments.

Implications of the 2020 split fleet

For the 2020 Regatta only there will be no match-racing competition because Sunsail are in the process of changing their fleet from their old F40s to the new F41s.  The fleet will therefore be split, with ten of the old F40s and 15 of the new F41s.  The Management Committee’s current plan is to run a series of split-fleet race on the same course on Saturday, probably on windward/leeward course, with trophies being awarded to 1st and 2nd in each fleet.  For the Sunday, there will probably be one or two single fleet races on handicap, probably ‘around the cans’.


The 2017-2020 Yacht Racing Rules are currently in force and can be accessed here.  There have been significant changes to the rules over the years and skippers who earned their stripes in earlier ages are encouraged to ensure that they understand the current version.  Note that a fresh set of rules for the four years 2021-2024 will be in play in 2021.
Those wanting to brush up their knowledge may like to look at the following rules guides available on Amazon: The Rules In Practice by Bryan Willis & The Racing Rules of Sailing Explained by Paul Elvstrom et al.

The RYA have also produced an excellent series of online seminars explaining the rules and these would make great lock-down viewing.  They can be accessed here 


Most crews choose to sleep onboard the yachts, but there are rooms available at the various Cowes yacht clubs and B&Bs and links are below.  Note that despite the crew sizes mentioned below the F40s sleep only eight, mainly in double beds.  The new F41s in theory sleep nine, but that is in four double and one single berths – so perhaps too cosy for some!

Sunsail’s F40 fleet was developed from the Beneteau First 40. Whilst Sunsail say these can be operated by an experienced crew of 8, we require a minimum of 9 crew (maximum of 12) and are allowing up to 3 declared ‘ringers’ who are not former pupils of the school they are sailing for. The spinnaker is 128 square metres of sail (dip pole system) and needs firm handling!

The new F41s are based on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range and like the F40s have a symmetric (dip pole) spinnaker. Details can be downloaded here.  We are requiring a minimum of eight crew (maximum ten) for the F41s, and are allowing a maximum of two declared ‘ringers’.

Ringers must not be either the Helmsman or the Tactician.

Early collection options.
Subject to availability, crews wishing to collect yachts for Friday practice may do so by direct arrangement with Sunsail for £375 for a full day (Thursday night or Friday morning pick up) or £250 for a half day (Friday lunchtime pick up)

Sunsail require pre-payment of an Insurance deposit of £3,000.  This may be reduced by paying a non-refundable waiver fee of £130 per charter day and this reduces the security deposit to only £900.


FRIDAY 9th October 2020

Assemble at Sunsail, Port Solent. Plenty of PARKING.
Download directions [PO6 4TH] – Tel: 02392 222300 / 222336

Motor or sail over to Cowes Yacht Haven

The Royal London welcomes participants and their families for the duration of the regatta, hosting a Dark & Stormy Hour on Friday evening.  Rooms may also be booked by calling the Clubhouse – Tel: 01983 299727.

Other accommodation possibilities:
Duke of York (Mill Hill Road, Cowes)
B & B information (Cowes)
Hotels and Pubs (Cowes)
and of course AirBnb, etc

SATURDAY 10th October 2020

Skippers’ briefing at 08.00 hrs on the dock at Cowes Yacht Haven

Races 1-4, from 10.00

Arrow Trophy Dinner at the Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre. Bar opens at 1900 hrs, dinner at 1930 hours – dress code  for gentlemen: jacket and tie

SUNDAY 11th October 2020

Skippers briefing at 0830 hrs Cowes Yacht Haven

Races 5-6, from 1000 hrs
Return to Port Solent by approx 1500 hrs

Notice of Race
See the link opposite

Sailing Instructions
See the link opposite


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