2024 Regattas: A Calendar of World-Renowned Events

With a new year approaching, we have put together an extensive calendar for 2024 regattas to inform you of when and where to visit. The yachting industry hosts many competitions each year, including many annual favourites. Since the 17th century, yachting clubs and marine institutions have been arranging races for competitive and recreational purposes around the globe. Whether attending as an amateur to try your hand or dropping anchor to enjoy the spectacle, these 2024 regattas should be on your radar.

2024 regattas – Race Start

© Rolex Sydney Hobart Race / Carlo Borlenghi

2024 Regattas

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Caribbean – 29 February – 3 March 2024

Celebrating its 44th year, this warm water regatta offers a four-day spectacle attracting over 20,000 visitors and is known for its motto of “serious fun” – a perfect start to 2024 regattas! With ideal conditions and a selection of races running throughout the week, this event is one for those who enjoy mixing business with pleasure – with ice-cold Heineken available to enjoy throughout the entertaining nights after a hard day of sailing.

2024 regattas – St. Maarten Heineken Regatta / Laurens Morel

© St. Maarten Heineken Regatta / Laurens Morel

Rolex China Red Sea Race, Hong Kong – 27 March 2024

Competitors will race from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines on a 600-nautical mile journey. Having started in 1962 with just five competitors, the event has grown in size and has been officially recognized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1972, drawing crowds to spectate this Asian blue-water classic.

2024 regattas – David Forster / Rolex

© David Forster / Rolex

52 Super Series, USA – 10-26 June, 224

For the 2024 Regatta, 52 Super Series returns to the USA – this time in Newport, Rhode Island which will coincide with the New York Yacht Club’s main summer events. Races for the Newport trophy will take pace throughout the week up and down the iconic Hudson River.

2024 regattas – 52 Super Series St Tropez, 2023

52 Super Series St Tropez, 2023

Cowes Week, UK – 27 July – 2 August 2024

Taking place each year on the Solent, situated between southern England and the Isle of Wight, Cowes Week draws crowds of 60,000 spectators to watch everyone from Olympians to weekend sailors race. With around 40 races a day and 5,000 competitors, this is one 2024 Regatta not to miss. There are many social activities alongside the races, including a week of live music and stage entertainment with food and drink stalls along the shore to enjoy the festival atmosphere to the fullest while watching the races.

2024 regattas – Paul Wyeth / Cowes Week

© Paul Wyeth

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Barcelona, Spain – 22 August, 12 October 2024

The opening ceremony for this annual event will be held in Barcelona on the 22 August. Following on from the Preliminary Regatta, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match will take place on 12 October. In the final, there is no second place – only one will be crowned victorious. At the 2024 regatta, the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand will face the Challenger Selection Series in a 13-race match.

2024 regattas

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Australia – 25 December 2024 – 2 January 2025

Closing the 2024 regattas is one of the world’s most respected Category One races; this major race is a special way to celebrate the holiday season. A fleet of over 100 yachts are expected to take part, with many more anticipated as spectators. The race begins at 13:00 on Boxing Day each year, with competitors arriving in Hobart for New Year celebrations after the 628 nautical mile stretch. Competitors often range form 30-footers up to 100-foot maxis.

2024 regattas – Rolex Sydney Hobart Race / Carlo Borlenghi

© Rolex Sydney Hobart Race / Carlo Borlenghi

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