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We are up to 16 entries.  See the entry list here.

13 Entries and Counting!

Two more entries over the bank holiday weekend - 12 more required before September 1st to allow the championship to run in 2017.  See the entry list here.

If the event is cancelled this year, entry fees received will be returned in full.

11 Entries So Far

It is still early days but the current entry for the 2017 edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championships is 11 boats.  The double handed fleet in the Solent alone is now large and significant.  

The organisers feel that at least 25 boats are required to constitute a meaningful championship.  If this entry level is not met by 1st September the 2017 event will be cancelled (entry fees will be returned) and a suitable date found for the 2018 championship.

The 2017 race entry fee includes prizes and trophies, two event branded shirts per boat; berthing in Cowes Yacht Haven; tickets to supper on Friday evening and the event dinner on Saturday evening.  The Prizegiving will be held in Cowes as soon as possible after racing on Sunday.

Entry List Published

The entries received so far are published here and will be every few days until the IRC Double Handed National Championships start on 8th September.

Nab Tower to be the Passage Race

Saturday’s passage race is to be to the Nab Tower and back.  The start will be combined for all classes and will be using the Squadron Start line, with cannons and flags as is the norm on that line.

It should be a great spectacle to both witness and be part of, with all the IRC Double Handed National Championship boats starting together.  The warning signal on that day for all boats will be at 0855, so family and friends can watch the start from the Squadron castle on the shoreline.

This race will also be the RSYC Nab Tower Race.  Their two IRC Classes will start at the same time and on the same line, thus allowing results to be meaningful for both events.  RSYC Club Class boats will start later.

The entry fee includes two event branded shirts per boat; berthing in Cowes Yacht Haven Marina; tickets to both supper on Friday evening and the event dinner on Saturday evening.  Prizegiving will be as soon as possible after racing on Sunday.  

Classes

The organisers have received what amounts to significant feedback concerning the asymmetric v symmetric class splits.  As a result and after listening to our customers, the classes will revert to conventional IRC classes, each containing both asymmetric and symmetric boats,  as we have had in previous years.

Depending on the number of entries, we will have probably 3 or 4 classes.

Entries will be shown on this website from Wednesday 23rd August and they will be updated frequently as entries are received.

The entry fee includes two event branded shirts per boat; berthing in Cowes Yacht Haven Marina; tickets to both supper on Friday evening and the event dinner on Saturday evening.  Prizegiving will be as soon as possible after racing on Sunday.  

Asymmetric v Symmetric Revisited

It should be emphasised that the decision to split into four classes as per the previous news item (2 symmetric and 2 asymmetric) is dependent upon two issues.  Firstly, we need more or less equal numbers in each of the four classes if at all possible; secondly, the proposal will not go ahead if the feedback we receive from the sailors is strongly negative.

Feedback in either direction may be sent by email to the race director  and/or posted on the event Facebook page  - uk double handed national championships

Asymmetric v Symmetric

The organisers have made the decision that the classes will seperate  boats with bowsprits from those with conventional spinnaker poles if the entry numbers allow four classes.  In previous years three classes have been made on IRC rating splits.  

This new initiative will give boats with conventional spinnakers an equal footing when the Overall IRC Double Handed National Champions for 2017 is determined.  The Solent is a great place to race but in normal circumstances an advantage is gained by the asynnetric boats.

The Notice of Race can be found here.  In order to give the best possible chance of creating four classes - two asymmetric classes and 2 symmetric - entries need to be made as soon as possible.

The 2017 IRC Double Handed National Championships are to be held in the Solent on Friday 8th September to Sunday 10th September inclusive.

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