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Fridƒy 8 to Sƒturdƒy 16 June Next year the IRC Europeans comes to the UK and will incorporate the RORC Commodores’ Cup T


he third edition of the IRC European Championship will visit one of IRC’s spiritual homes in 2018 with a record entry expected as a result. After two successful editions – a debut as part of Cork Week in 2016 and a stand-alone event in Marseille in 2017 – the 2018 IRC Europeans will take place in Cowes, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Some 53 boats took part in 2017 and the fleet for the Cowes event is anticipated to exceed 100.


Running over Friday 8 to Saturday 16 June, the 2018 IRC Europeans will be open to yachts with IRC Endorsed certificates and TCCs of 0.995 up to 1.270, and having a maximum DLR of 210 and a maximum draft of 3m – boats such as the Sun Fast 3200, X34, HOD35, etc, up to the FAST 40+. Why not larger? “The majority of boats are in that region,” explains RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen. “We don’t want the event to be skewed by forcing the courses and stretching classes. That would make it quite difficult if bigger boats wanted to come.”


The fleet will be split into four classes, but at the end of the week a single IRC European Champion will be crowned.


Apart from competing for this event for the first time on the Solent, numbers will be boosted for two other reasons. Firstly, some teams will use the Europeans as a competitive event to train for the subsequent Offshore Sailing World Championship in July in the Hague.


More significantly, however, the 2018 Europeans will also incorporate RORC’s biennial Commodores’ Cup. This will, as usual, be a competition for three-boat teams with amateur crews. However, for the very first time


RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine’s La Réponse is an early entry in the 2018 IRC Europeans. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth 26 ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| |


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