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Vice Admiral's Cup to be held again this year

Monday January 16th 2006, Author: Louise Morton, Location: United Kingdom
By popular demand following the outstanding success of last year's inaugural event, the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes today announced that it will host the 2006 Vice Admiral's Cup on the weekend of 30 September to 1 October. Introduced by the RCYC in the wake of the Admiral's Cup's cancellation, the Vice Admiral's Cup was an instant hit with competitors who loved its combination of "first past the post" racing and laid back social events.

The level-rating and short course format, which produced a fast, furious, fun and above all extremely close competition in 2005, will be retained for this year’s regatta. Entry is open to yachts of a series production class of which at least 4 shall be constructed with fleets being organised as follows:

Class 1 - 44-46ft Class. Maximum IRC rating 1.240
Class 2 - 37-41ft Class. Maximum IRC rating 1.18

In addition the Club is keen to introduce a fleet to include smaller boats such as the Mumm 30 if sufficient interest can be generated. Owners of suitable boats are asked to register their interest as soon as possible.

Racing will take place in the central Solent with après sailing parties being hosted at the RCYC's Cowes clubhouse. Already many of 2005's competitors, which included Swan 45s, Farr 45s, DK46s, Farr 40s and a Ker 11.3, have confirmed their attendance. In addition the Beneteau 40.7 Class has enquired about making this the final weekend in their 2006 Championship and so an entry of at least 25-30 boats is expected.

To take part in the regatta which Nick Lutte (DK46 Shockwave), described as "The best fun I've had with my clothes on all year" and of which Keith Miller (Swan 45 Crackerjack), said "A great format, huge fun and just what the owners want." please contact Louise Morton, Secretary, Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, The Parade, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QU, E-mail louise@rcyc.co.uk , Tel 44 (0)1983 293581 or visit www.rcyc.co.uk

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