New dinghy class

Latest developments from Vattenfall Ramsgate Week

Monday March 8th 2010, Author: Harriet Flory, Location: United Kingdom

The organisers of Ramsgate Week, sponsored by Vattenfall, are collaborating with Broadstairs Sailing Club to incorporate a dinghy sailing regatta into the 2010 programme. A six race dinghy series will take place on 21st and 22nd August.

The exciting addition will result in a fleet of over 200 boats – IRC, Cruiser and Dinghy – sailing off the coast between Ramsgate and Broadstairs on Saturday 21 August. Ramsgate Week IRC and Cruiser fleet will sail over 16-21 August.

With the new additions, competitors can now choose from the following:

IRC Coastal series: IRC Classes 1-3 series of three special and coastal races, 1 race per day from Monday to Wednesday (with the Wednesday race being round the Goodwin Sands). This is a warm up series to the main IRC Series and competitors will be treated to some of the most scenic waters with races taking in Botany Bay, the shingle beaches off Deal and the wildlife around the Goodwin Sands.

IRC International Regatta series: IRC Classes 1-3 series of seven races with three races on Thursday, two on Friday and two on Saturday. This series starts on Thursday and finishes on Saturday.

Commodores Cup for Half Tonners: The class association will make an official announcement at the Belgian Boat show. This is going to be a truly international event with several teams from Belgium, UK & France expected to compete. There will be no restrictions to the number of teams, but all entries must hold a current IRC certificate and will race within IRC Class 3.

Teams to consist of two Classic ‘one off’ Half Tonner (with TCC between 0.935 & 0.950) and one classic production Half Tonner (list available at www.halftonclass-europe.net).

SailEAST: IRC Classes 1-3; a highly competitive four race series of SailEAST qualifying races as part of the IRC International Regatta series. The SailEAST Regatta series starts on Friday and finishes on Saturday. The best three races from this four race series will count towards SailEAST series.

X-35 Class: East Coast Open Championships; results to be extracted from IRC Class 1. Series of seven races with three races on Thursday, two on Friday and two on Saturday. The X-35 class will sail under IRC with all boats using the class handicap. IRC crew limits (not class weight limits) will apply.

Cruiser Classes: The Cruiser Class 5,6 & 7 series starts on Monday with one race each day, finishing on Saturday.

Class 5: Unrestricted cruiser class with spinnakers. This is intended for cruiser sailors or racers who may be shorthanded for the week. There are no sail restrictions for this class but a yacht choosing to be rated in this class without spinnakers must remain without spinnakers throughout the entire series.

Class 6: Fast cruiser class without spinnakers. This is intended for the less serious racer with non high tech sails and the use of spinnakers is prohibited. Boats competing in this class will sail a longer course than Class 7

Class 7: Slow cruiser class without spinnakers. This is intended for the less serious racer with non high tech sails and the use of spinnakers is prohibited. Boats competing in this Class will sail a shorter course than Classes 5 & 6.

Dinghy Regatta: Six race series on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, which three races each day.

Entry fees: Entry fees have not been increased, making Ramsgate Week one of the most reasonably priced regattas in the UK racing calendar.
Discounted Harbour Fees: Boats entering Monday to Saturday and Thursday to Saturday inclusive will be eligible for discounted berthing fees. To qualify, entrants must register and pay in full by 31 May 2010 in order to take advantage of a 50% discount. (NB: The discounted period must be in complete weeks, up to a maximum of two and including dates 16-21 August 2010).

All other entrants will benefit from a 25% discount on one complete week mooring, providing fees are paid upon day of arrival.

Prizes: Ramsgate Week boasts some of the most prestigious trophies including the Noot Cup (overall winner of the Round The Goodwins race), the QEII cup and the coveted Gold Cup.

Accommodation: As with all popular regattas, there is a limited amount of hotel and B&B accommodation in Ramsgate. Competitors and their families are advised to book early using the guide on our website. We can also offer you a helping hand should you need it. For details please email Judy Pearson.

 

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