For yachting enthusiasts, the return of Cowes Week cannot come soon enough. As this summer’s event gets underway, there will be a renewed interest in yacht ownership and its benefits. We explain how ZEDRA’s management and crewing services can support your seafaring ambitions.

By Edward Leigh


The 195th Cowes Week 2021 is set to kick off on 31 July 2021. After having been cancelled because of the pandemic, sailors are no doubt desperate to get back in the water.

This year’s event will include eight IRC classes, Black Group One Designs such as the J/109 as well as 17 One Design Day Boat classes in the White Group.

A completely new class this year is the Club Cruiser Division. It is planned to run with two starts at the regatta each day, depending on the number of entries.

There will be a further four starts in the Performance Cruiser Division and of course there’s the epic Rolex sponsored Fastnet race which sets off on 8 August.

Laurence Mead, director of Cowes Week, said regardless of weather the event was set to be fantastic for boat racing. He added: “There won’t be any fireworks this year (at least not up in the sky!) as a Covid-safety decision but there will be great racing for thousands of keen sailors, and in the end, that’s what matters most.”

How ZEDRA Marine’s specialised team can help you take to the seas

Whether or not you make it to Cowes Week, if you own or are thinking of buying a yacht, ZEDRA can help. We can provide seamless and efficient management of all the necessary requirements associated with yacht ownership and operations whilst ensuring full legal and regulatory compliance.

So if you are considering chartering out your yacht for Cowes Week or another special occasion, or even purchasing a yacht for longer term enjoyment, our fast-tracking of the importation paperwork and procedures as well as our management and crewing services can help.

We can also assist you keep on top of the administration that comes with employing seafarers. You’ll need to track annual leave, store medical certificates and other certifications and ensure you keep a record of other documents and that they remain valid.

Expert service providers like ZEDRA are ideally placed to take over the challenges that come with making sure your yacht and all the aspects of crew employment are handled in a streamlined, timely and compliant manner. To find out more contact Edward Leigh in our Isle of Man office.

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