We are as excited as any for the season of classic races ahead and we, as a loft, are planning to be at more races than ever. Introducing the Ratsey team yacht 'Cormorant' -A 30 foot Gaff Yawl built by Luke Bros on the Hamble in 1911 to a design by A R Luke. Owned for the last ten years and lovingly maintained by Ratsey Loft's own Steve Meakin. Successfully raced last year at the Hambles Classic, we are planning on seeing Cormorant competing this season. Flying, of course, a comprehensive suit of Ratsey and Lapthorn sails  Cormorant remains pure and unspoilt, without engine and so is sailed as was originally designed to be.



1) 11-13th May Spring Classics Cowes -

Ratsey and Lapthorn are delighted to be entering the company yacht Cormorant in this new regatta for classic wooden yachts. The event is for yachts designed before 1970, including: cruisers & cruiser racers, affordable classic cruisers around 25ft, gaff rigged yachts, pilot cutters, day boats, raters, classic metre yachts plus modern spirit of tradition yachts. Non-racing yachts and motorboats are most welcome.


2) 31 May - June 3, Old Gaffers 60th birthday -

The Solent Gaffers will celebrate at Yarmouth from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June 1018 and the event will include the Solent Gaffers Sixtieth Birthday Race. The event will be open to gaff, sprit and lug rigged boats and Ratsey and Lapthorn are delighted to be taking part with the company yacht Cormorant.


3) 14th -21st July Panerai week -

The premium classic regatta in the UK. The annual Regatta of the BRITISH CLASSIC YACHT CLUB will see the 17th edition in 2018 and not only attracts entries from Britain but also regularly from Europe, and in 2016 & 2017, from Australia and New Zealand. The regatta is an occasion for classic boat enthusiasts to enjoy good racing and to spend time with other sailors who share the same appreciation of classics.


4) 22-27 July Cowes Classic week -

Cowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition yachts will all be taking part as will Ratsey and Lapthorn with Cormorant, an event we will relish!


5) 11 – 18th Old Gaffers August OGA -

Another great regatta by the OGA, this year expecting a large turnout from the East Coast descending to the Isle of Wight. 


6) 16th 17th Hamble Classics - 

Ratsey and Lapthorn are delighted to once again be partners and competitors in this fantastic event. Now in it's 3rd year, the 2018 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type.