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If you’re thinking about entering for the first time, here are a few answers to the things you might be wondering about.

The event is organised by a volunteer committee who all work in the industry. They meet each month in Central London and are dedicated to sailing within the industry. They are always looking for new committee members.

Can anyone take part?

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is organised by and for the Construction and Property Industry.

Developers, architects, contractors, consultants, manufacturers and specialist products suppliers and service provider from the industry are invited. They send teams to the event and most participants are high-level industry professionals and decision makers.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to enter please read the Notice of Race section 5.5

When does entry for the event open?

The booking office for entries typical opens at the end Feb, early March each year, once the Notice of Race NOR is published. The NOR is emailed to all of the previous year’s entrants plus any new enquiries. You can also find a copy on this website. To make sure you receive your copy, subscribe to our mailing list, below.

What is the Event Entry process?

It’s quite simple. Once the NOR/ entry brochure is published online, you can enter. The entry form is available on-line.

Complete the entry form and send your payment. We need your company details, your boat details and any extra event ticket orders.  Detail of crew suppers are announced separately each year subject to the marina’s availability.

Secure Online payments are accepted using your credit or debit card.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your boat details or crew number when you register. You can provide this later, reserve your place and pay a deposit .


Once your registration and payment have been accepted by the Regatta Office, you’ll then have until the end of July to submit all remaining information and outstanding fees to the Regatta Office.

You will need to provide details before the event of your crew for each race day – this facility will be made available online.

What happens if I’m unsuccessful in securing an entry?

You will be contacted by the Regatta Office to ask if you would like to go on the waiting list and your payment and entry form will be held until a place becomes available. We usually accommodate all those on the waiting list.

Social Only Entry

If you still want to be part of the LBCC but don’t want to enter a boat, you can book a Social Only entry. The booking form can be completed online.

When does the racing take place?

The event has five races – two on Friday and three on Saturday.  The Island Sailing Club Race team  [ISC – RT] will manage this year’s racing and set the courses. Committee boat starts as well as ISC line starts will be organised and ‘passage racing’ for the cruising classes.

Is there a practice race or warm up race on Thursday

There will be no Thursday practice or warm-up race organised. This is to keep the running costs of the event down.

Amazingly, most boats are out practicing on Thursday as they get over to West Cowes.

It is anticipated that most of the fleet will arrive at Shepards Wharf on Thursday evening.

Remaining boats arrive early on Friday morning for registration.


Where can I charter a yacht from?

There are many chartering companies based in the Solent. Google them.

However, Little Britain’s Official Charter Partner is Prometheus/ Sunsail Events who we work closely with and have some fantastic charter offers available for the regatta.

Sunsail EventsPrometheus/ Sunsail Events

Prometheus-Sunsail offers the only matched fleet of new Jeaneau 41 yachts available for charter at the Little Britain Challenge Cup. Matched Fleets or One-design fleets offer exciting, accessible racing on identical boats with no handicap rating involved. Crews can test their boats skills, teamwork, strategies and tactics against each other knowing the boats are all ‘equal’.

We also work with other charter companies who provide excellent IRC boats. They generously donate a percentage of their fees to the Little Britain charities.

What happens Shoreside?

Typically, on Thursday everyone arrives at the marina in the afternoon.  A few beers are had at the local pubs, and everyone organises their own suppers and accommodation.  Friday is regatta day.  On Friday afternoon, boats finish racing and arrive back in the marina at about 4pm.  Pontoon parties are organised which are a great way to meet all crews to each other.  The marina is bar is open, and food is available from the bar.  The programme of crew activities and social venues is announced nearer the regatta.


What happens when I arrive at the event in Cowes?

the marina officers will advise you where the boat is to moor.  Crews disembark and meet up with those who arrive by Redjet.  A representative from your boat or company needs to register at the Regatta Race Office in the marina prior to your first race where you will receive your Welcome registration Pack which will include various items required during the regatta, such as race flag or pennant, race chart, sailing instructions, event wrist bands id. plus some sponsored gifts.


Photography at the Little Britain?

Little Britain is supported by the very talented Paul Wyeth: Marina Photography  .  His regatta photos are displayed on this website.  Unfortunately, we don’t have permission to allow others to use .  However, the good photos are available to purchase from PWP and you can order them from his website.  During the regatta, customers can pre-book Paul’s services to ensure a set of action shots are taken of your crew and boat in race mode.



If you require further information about boat charter, boat graphics, accommodation,  branded clothing,  flags and banners and photography please contact the regatta team via email –