Race Overview


The highly successful Knox-Johnston Cup will be taking place on the weekend of 28-29 September 2024. Entries are now open for this event- click here to sign up and enter a team.

Join us for a thrilling journey of camaraderie and competition with the Knox-Johnston Cup, an event crafted to reignite the joy of big boat racing utilising our fleet of Clipper 68 and Clipper 70 race yachts. Named in honour of our esteemed founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, this flagship race sends our yachts on an exciting circuit around the Isle of Wight, incorporating strategic racing elements from the Clipper Race.

The Knox-Johnston Cup is not just about claiming line honours but also tactically accumulating extra points that can sway the overall podium standings. Divided into legs, the race also features a Scoring Gate, timed sprints, and the game-changing double points Joker Card. Combined with a strong team atmosphere on board and in port, this race promises a dynamic, engaging and all-in-all fun experience for participants.

Open to businesses, organisations, Race Crew alumni, supporters, and teams of friends, this event warmly welcomes participants of all experience levels. Whether you’re an offshore racer with thousands of miles under your belt or you have never set foot on a boat before, the Knox-Johnston Cup ensures a blend of fun, social interaction, and spirited competition. The event features dedicated time for training ahead of the race, with a professional Skipper, First and Second Mate on board to ensure a safe and fun race. Plus, the weekend features the chance to meet new people, network, and share moments with friends, topped off by the classic sundowner gatherings, making for a memorable weekend both on and off the water. Join us for an event where the thrill of the race meets the joy of shared moments on the open sea.

  • New feature race inspired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
  • Unique Clipper Race course features
  • Experience the thrill of racing as a matched fleet
  • Competitive but social event, no experience required


  • Knox-Johnston Cup Race Entry
  • Sail training
  • Prize giving
  • On the water photo package
  • Food and drink all weekend
  • Musto Team Top
  • On board accommodation
  • Fun, social and highly competitive racing

£6,500 + vat per boat

What’s Included

This event includes the following items. If you would like further clarity on event inclusions please contact us.

  • Entry into the Knox-Johnston Cup for up to 12 people on a Clipper race yacht
  • 2 days on the water big boat experience
  • Musto Technical team top to keep, and use of Musto BR2 offshore jacket and salopettes
  • Food and drinks whilst on board, plus the additional hospitality events outlined in the itinerary
  • Take away on the water action photography package
  • Professional Race Skipper, First and Second Mates, berthing and insurance
  • All on board safety equipment including lifejacket


Please note this itinerary is indicative and correct at the time of posting and liable to change at any moment. If you have any questions surrounding the event and listed itinerary do get in touch with a member of the team.

  • Option to join the yacht from 1800 and stay on board
  • Welcome and team allocation with breakfast at Clipper HQ, Gosport followed by a safety brief
  • Once on board day one will includes a morning of sail training, learning or refreshing all the essential skills.
  • Lunch on board and an afternoon of tactical training.
  • Sundowners in Cowes, Isle of Wight
  • That evening the course and all its unique features will be released, followed by dinner, strategising and a key note speech from Sir Robin
  • Sunday is game day, the race itself.
  • Breakfast on board and out to an early start at a start line off Cowes.
  • Three Legs of racing with a mix of first past the post and time trials using a high points scoring system.
  • Add in bonus points from the Scoring Gate and Joker Card, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be victorious and pick up the inaugural Knox-Johnston Cup at the dockside prize giving back in Gosport.

Who Can Enter

In order to take part in some sailing race events additional training and qualification events may need to be completed. Please make sure you meet the criteria listed within this section or contact the team for further information.

  • The Knox-Johnston Cup is open to all over 18’s.
  • Previous sailing experience is not required.
  • This event is open to corporate teams, Race Crew alumni and supporters or teams of friends looking for an unforgettable experience.
  • No discounts or rewards can be used in conjunction with this event.
  • Team entries only [not individual berth bookings], Teams are made up a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12.