2015 Winners Decided

Hot Cookie with Neil Martin and Phil Barnes lifted the trophy (and a magnum of champagne) for the overall GBR IRC Double Handed Champoinship.  Congratulations!

Organised by the Royal Southampton YC, in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the second edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championship took place in the Solent, last weekend. 37 teams took part racing in three IRC Classes, lack of wind on the Saturday was the undoing of the passage race but two excellent races were held on the first day in the Central Solent. 

Luke Photo Watermark New-20

Race Director Robert Lamb, sets the scene for the championship.  “With high pressure dominating the south coast of England racing was delayed on Friday until a south westerly settled in after 4pm. Two races were then run: a laid marks 'sausage triangle’ followed by a round the cans race. Wind eventually strengthened to 10-12 knots to provide good racing. Saturday was disappointing with not enough wind to run the scheduled three hour passage race. So two races only were completed for the championship. All competitors were invited to the RORC Cowes Clubhouse for supper, which had a terrific atmosphere.”

2015 Event Preview

Organised by the Royal Southampton YC, in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. 

Alt Spring Double 0021

The second edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championship will take place in the Solent, this weekend.  A huge variety of keelboats have entered with about 40 teams taking part. Three races are scheduled with no discard. The variety of courses are designed to test all the elements of Double Handed racing with a laid marks course, a round the cans race and a long passage race.

DH prizegiving Jagerbomb

Last year's IRC Class 1winner, Paul Griffiths' J/109 Jagerbomb will be defending their title and Paul will be once again be sailing with his son Mark. Jagerbomb has been competing in the Two Handed class for this year's RORC Season's Points Championship, including the Rolex Fastnet Race.  
“I am sure that we will be making more tacks and gybes this weekend than we did for the whole of the Fastnet.” commented Paul Griffiths. “Full on – would be an apt description, especially with the two races on Friday. Racing Double Handed on a short course is very different to offshore. You don't have the time and the space and you are trying to make manoeuvres that you would normally do with nine people not two, which is just crazy but the secret is to avoid getting into problems and to do that you have to be thinking ahead all the time. Looking at this year's entry list there are some top class sailors and this year we have a group of Figaro II's from the Artemis Offshore Academy, which we didn't have last year.”

IRC Shorthanded Certificates for 2015

If a boat is in possession of a ‘Shorthanded’ certificate as well as one for the boat when fully crewed, it must use the shorthanded certificate for the 2015 IRC Double Handed National Championships.  

This has been confirmed by both the RORC Rating Office and the chair of the Protest Committee appointed for the championships.  More here.

2015 - 33 Entries and Counting …..

33 boats are entered for the 2015 IRC Double Handed National Championships to be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September.  There will be 4 Artemis Figaros including Artemis 23 sailed by Mike Golding and Andrew Baker.

Racing will be conducted with 3 classes so the racing on the water should be tight.

The organisers have agreed to further extend the early entry deadline to midnight on Sunday 13th September.  They have also agreed to reduce the fee for those entering after that time to £250.  With three races over two days, complimentary berthing for two nights and two dinners for each crew, this is great value for money.

Specifically, the entry fee includes the following:

  • Two days racing in the Solent with two races on Friday 18th September (one laid marks course and one round the cans course) with one long ’tide neutral’ race on Saturday 19th September.
  • Complimentary berthing in Cowes Yacht Haven for the nights of Friday and Saturday
  • Complimentary supper at RORC in Cowes, formally the Royal Corinthian YC, on Friday evening.
  • Complimentary Prize Giving Dinner on Saturday at RORC in Cowes.

Racing will be run by the experienced RSYC race management team.Single Event Rating for those without an IRC certificate is available at low cost.  Check it out at