Meow Takes the Title

Photographs Published Here

Three races in challenging conditions gave Chris Charlesworth and Rob Gullan the title of Overall IRC Double Handed National Champions 2016. Meow, a Contessa 26, was the winner of Class 3 with three bullets.   Each of their three races was won by a healthy margin. 

IRC Double Handed National Champions 2016

Overall Winners 2016

Chris Charlesworth 
& Rob Gullan

Pipped to the post for the Overall Title, Andrew Roberts and Bill Edgerley also sailed their J105 'Jin Tonic’ with considerable skill achieving three first places too, and in the process succesfully defended their 2015 Class 2 title.

Class 1 saw three separate winners with Malice (HOD 35) winning the windward leeward race, Hot Cookie (Sunfast 3600) the ‘Round the Cans’ and Synerjy (J11s) the 3-hour passage race.  Neil Martin and Philip Barnes with Hot Cookie showed the best overall performance and successfully defended their 2015 Class 1 title by just two points.

Saturday’s Course

Saturday’s course is likely to be:

All classes will start in the vicinity of Royal Thames (3S)

Class 1
3C to port

5M to starboard

4K to finish

Class 2
3C to port

5F to starboard

4K to finish

Class 3
3E to port

5F to starboard

4K to finish

Race Documents and Class Lists Published

Race Documents have been published.  Go to the Official Notice Board to see the Notes to Competitors, Sailing Instructions and Class Splits.

Competitors have all been emailed asking for the number of tickets required for the Friday supper and Saturday dinner and any dietary requirements we need to cater for.

Last Chance Saloon

The deadline for the Early Entry Fee for the 2016 edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championships is midnight tonight.  After then the full cost will apply.  Ensure that you do not miss the deadline by entering here.

  • Weather forecasts are showing nice breeze for both Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September
  • The Sailing Instructions have been modified for this event to allow the race officer considerable flexibility over the format and the start areas in order to facilitate the completion of a full programme.
  • 31 boats entered so far.
  • Racing will take place in three classes.
  • Social events on both Friday and Saturday are included in the entry fee as is berthing at Cowes Yacht Haven.
  • Additional tickets for the social events will be available at cost for partners, spouses and friends who may wish to join you.

All in all a great value for money event and the opportunity to be crowned the IRC Double Handed National Champion for 2016!

Why not make a full weekend of short handed racing by joining the Royal Southampton’s ever popular Nab Tower Double on Sunday 18th September, the day after the Nationals completes.  Details of that race can be found here.

Entry List Published

The current list of entires is now posted. Click here to view it.  This will be updated eveery few days until the event kicks off on Friday 16th September.

We will be running three classes again this year.

We are 10 days away from the first day of the event which is now just showing on the longer range weather forecasts.  Accepting that it is early days, the forecasts on ‘Windguru’, ‘Windfinder' and 'TheWeatherOutlook' show good conditions with at least 10 knots, no more than 15 knots of wind and no rain! 

Ensure you take advantage of the Early Entry fee that expires at midnight on Thursday (tomorrow) by entering here.

It’s a Sociable Sport!

Double handed yacht racing is probably one of the most sociable sports there is, well known for its ‘Après-Race’.  The format of the 2016 championships has been designed to enhance the social experience on top of great racing.


On Friday evening there will be a two course supper at the RORC clubhouse in Cowes.  Saturday sees the Prize-giving dinner at the same venue with a three course menu and coffee.  This is all included in the entry fee as is berthing in Cowes Yacht Haven.  With all the boats moored together sailors are encouraged to have drinks afloat before the short walk to the RORC clubhouse.

We realise that some will want their other-halves to attend the social events too.  Additional tickets for the Friday evening supper and Saturday prize-giving will be available at cost - £15 for Friday; £30 for Saturday.  Details will be sent to entries in due course.