Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010

The RORC announce the rating bands for next year's event

Tuesday July 14th 2009, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
The RORC, together with Rolex, is delighted to announce details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight, over Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 August.

This tough mix of inshore and offshore races will be compacted into a challenging 7 day racing schedule on the testing waters in and around the Solent. As in 2008, the handicap system will be IRC (Endorsed) and there will be three rating bands.

The international teams will consist of three boats, with one boat from each of the following Bands:

Class 1 1.120 - 1.230 DLR (Displacement Length Ratio) 200
Class 2 1.075 - 1.119 DLR 200
Class 3 1.025 - 1.074 DLR 215

The RORC states that it reserves the right to change the rating bands slightly in the light of any changes to the IRC Rule. It is not intended to change the range of eligible boats.

Within these Bands, each boat must also comply with STIX and AVS (Safety and Stability Indices) requirements.

The three bands proved successful in 2008. These remain the same for 2010. This will promote close racing on the water, whilst still ensuring competing teams have a sufficiently large pool of yachts from which to choose.

The race format is broadly similar to 2008 except that the regatta will finish one day earlier so that teams will have the Sunday to travel home. The dates of the regatta have been changed for 2010 in the light of feedback from 2008. The last Cup attracted 15 highly competitive teams from six nations including: Spain and Hong Kong along with multiple challenges from France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK. The RORC is confident that the change of dates will result in even more teams participating.

The offshore race remains in the middle of the week and the short passage race, provisionally a Round the Island course, towards the end. The final inshore race of the series will again carry double points to add to the excitement at the event climax.

Nationality rules remain as per 2008, with a 50% requirement.

While recognising the significant role the professional element has had to play in raising standards amongst the crews, the same limitations as in 2008 have been placed on the number of Group 3 (ISAF Competitor Classification Code) sailors allowed on board each boat:

Class 1 2 x Group 3
Class 2 1 x Group 3
Class 3 1 x Group 3

Corinthian sailors will continue to play their integral role throughout the inshore series and at the start of the offshore race, when they are required to helm.

RORC Chief Executive, Eddie-Warden Owen: “The event came of age in 2008 and attracted attention all around the world. Moving the event to August allows countries more time to do trials and be better prepared which will make the racing even closer”.

Commenting on the changes, RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine said: "We are delighted to be making this announcement. The English will be keen to defend their title as usual, but there will be strong challenges from France and Ireland. We also anticipate new international challenges, so the stage is being set for an even more competitive event”.

Complete details of the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 will be published in the Notice of Race later this year.

Provisional programme & POINTS WEIGHTING

Day 1 Registration/Skippers & Navigators briefing
Day 2 2 x Solent inshore races (1.0 each)
Day 3 2 x Solent inshore races (1.0 each)
Day 4 Offshore race (2.5)
Day 5 Offshore race continues
Day 6 1 x Solent inshore race (1.0)
Day 7 Round the Island race (1.5)
Day 8 1 x Solent inshore race (AM) (2.0)
Prize Giving (Royal Yacht Squadron) 1700

Past Winners:

The USA has won the event twice (1992 & 1994), GBR twice (2004 & 2008), France twice (2002 & 2006), Germany once (1998), the Channel Islands once (2000), England once (1998). The Netherlands has entered at least one team in every event except 2000. Hong Kong competed in 1992 and 2008. Spain has competed three times in 1998, 2002 and 2008.

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