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Notice of Race Published for the 2017 Event

The 4th edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championships will take place in the Solent from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017.  Five races will be held with no discards and provide Great Britain with all round champions of double handed keelboat racing - champions of a series that includes a laid marks course, round the cans racing and a long passage race, the main elements of double handed keelboat racing.

The organisers will again be the Royal Southampton YC and RORC.  To compliment the racing, they will host an informal supper on Friday evening with the event dinner on Saturday evening. Prizegiving will be held immediately after racing on Sunday.  All shore-based activity will be held at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes.

The entry fee will include an event shirt for both crew members of each boat, berthing at Cowes Yacht Haven for the evenings of Friday and Saturday and tickets to the social events.

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OUTLINE OF THE 2017 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 4th edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championships will take place in the Solent from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017.  Five races will be held with no discards and provide Great Britain with all round champions of double handed keelboat racing; champions of a series that includes a laid marks course, round the cans racing and a long passage race, the main elements of double handed keelboat racing.

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All three previous editions were great successes, attracting  entries well in excess of 30.    Full details of the 2014 championships can be found here; 2015 here and 2016 championships here.

The organisers will again be the Royal Southampton YC and RORC.
They plan to build on the experiences of the previous three years. Both clubs boast a long history of excellent race management with RORC hosting the fully crewed IRC National Championships for many years; the RSYC managing the UK’s premier double handed series for more than 35 years.

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Format
By popular demand, the event has been expanded to cover three days with five races.

The format is designed to eliminate the advantage given to those boats with assymetric spinnakers which are easier to handle when raced double handed and often have the upper hand in round the cans courses and passage races.

Friday’s racing will consist of two races.  The first is likely to be a windward leeward course using laid marks on the Hillhead Plateau.  The second will be a longer course around the cans.  Saturday will see a long passage race.  Sunday is likely to be a repeat of Friday’s format.  The race officer will have the ability to amend the format to best suit the conditions available.

Saturday’s passage race will be a race to the Nab Tower and back, sharing this race with the RSYC Double Handed Series.  For those who enter the RSYC Nab Tower Race, so a ‘repeat entry’, will be entitled to a reduction in the entry fee of the Nationals of £45.

Unfortunately the availability of the IRC single event rating, introduced by the RORC Rating Office in 2015, has been withdrawn for this event. All entries, therefore, will have to have a full IRC certificate.

The notice of race can be found here.  

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