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In the starting blocks: IRC European Championship inc. Commodores' Cup

Crews make final preparations before the start of the IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup on Sunday 10th June in Cowes © RORC

Crews make final preparations before the start of the IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup on Sunday 10th June in Cowes © RORC

Racing gets underway tomorrow on the Solent for the first two inshore races of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's combined IRC European Championship and the Commodores' Cup.

Over the last 48 hours the RORC's scrutineers have been checking all of the yachts to ensure they comply with the equipment requirements for the event, including World Sailing's Offshore Special Regulations Category 3, although due to the offshore element of the event boats must have Category 2 liferafts.

Meanwhile Jason Smithwick's team from the Lymington-based RORC Rating Office have also been busy carrying out measurement checks. All yachts must have IRC Endorsed certificates to compete at this European championship for the rating rule, created and managed jointly by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Union Course au Large in France. To be eligible to enter the IRC Europeans, boats must have an IRC rating of 0.995-1.270, a displacement-length ratio of <210 and a maximum draft of 3m.

2018 irceuro measurement

By modern standards the IRC Europeans/Commodores' Cup is a lengthy event providing competitors with a full seven days of racing. This provides more than adequate opportunity to challenge crews in not just a variety of conditions, but also on different race courses. The event schedule follows the Commodores' Cup format of recent years comprising a 24-36 hour 'long' offshore plus a race around the Isle of Wight, with inshore racing in between.

However, the race committee led by Stuart Childerley, has the right to change the schedule if it is felt it will improve the racing given the forecast weather. Chris Stone, Royal Ocean Racing Club's Racing Manager has also been monitoring the coming week's weather closely. "In the last three or four days it has changed several times, which is a concern. We are going to have three or four lighter days but only one's looking marginal. If conditions get too soft, that may make it hard racing against the tide, but in terms of the schedule at this point of time, we'll play it by ear. We'll change it if conditions don't come to fruition."

Stone adds that courses for the long offshore will be set to offer a range of points of sail so that all competitors will have their day. It is very likely there will also be two courses, one for the faster boats in Class One led by the FAST 40+s, Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe and James Neville's Ino XXX, and the other for two smaller classes. "In an ideal world we'll do that to ensure everyone comes back at the same time and has similar exposure to the weather."

Racing gets underway tomorrow with a first warning signal at 1115 BST.

How to follow the IRC European Championship (inc. Commodores' Cup):

RORC Website: www.rorc.org 
All the latest news, daily race reports and results will be on the RORC website.

Tracking:
All yachts will be fitted with a SailRacer tracker and can be followed at:
http://rorc.sailracer.org 

Social Media: Regular updates and images will be found at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/royaloceanracingclub 

Twitter: #IRCEuros #CommodoresCup
@RORCracing

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rorcracing 

Schedule of Races:
Sunday 10th June - two inshore races - (first warning signal 1115)
Monday 11th June - Race around the Isle of Wight - (first warning signal 0930)
Tuesday 12th June - two inshore races - (first warning signal 1115)
Wednesday-Thursday 13-14th June - long offshore race (first warning signal 1000)
Friday 15th June - two inshore races - (first warning signal 1115)
Saturday 16th June - two inshore races - (first warning signal 1115)

A Welcome Party follows the skippers briefing later today (Saturday 9th June), with a Crew party on Thursday 14th June and the prizegiving concludes the event on the final day.

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UK

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Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QU
UK

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RORC Rating Office
(Seahorse Rating Ltd)

Seahorse Building, Bath Road
Lymington, Hampshire
SO41 3SE
UK

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