Class zero returns for Cowes

An update from Skandia Life Cowes Week

Friday May 17th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
With the Melges 24 Class is holding its European Championships in Germany shortly before Skandia Life Cowes Week fewer boats in this classes will be racing at Cowes during this year¹s Regatta.

Following this and the poor number of entries in this class over the last couple of years, it has been decided to put the Melges 24s into the Sportsboat Handicap Class this year. Separate results for the class will also be given, in addition to their SBR handicap results.

As a result of Cowes Combined Clubs' decision there is now one additional start slot within the White Group. To fill this it has been decided to move the Sportsboat Class from Black to White Group. This will mean that these fast dayboats will start on the inner line. As Stuart Quarrie, Director of CCC, explains, "This makes it easier to give them courses that are most suitable to their type and allows them to get courses from the RYS course boards, rather than over VHF radio."

When the Notice of Regatta was printed, it seemed that this year's Event might not see many big boats, however this has proved not be the case and for this reason IRC Class Zero had been effectively amalgamated with Class One.

It now seems likely that there could be up to 14 boats of 50+ft this year and, the class has been reinstated following the representations for several of the big boat owners. Class zero will have a bottom rating of 1.221.

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