Overlapping rating bands
The Royal Lymington Challenge Cup Notice of Race, issued today, reveals that the interclub challenge event being held in June has introduced overlapping Class rating bands. In response to feedback from teams wishing to enter, the new limits facilitate flexibility on team selection while still offering close racing.
The IRC rating bands are:
Class 1 1.025 - 1.080
Class 2 0.985 - 1.035
Class 3 0.950 - 0.995
Event Chairman Chris Neve explains: “While the inaugural Challenge Cup last year was very successful with 8 competitive teams, we have made a significant change to the rating bands for 2010 to allow more teams to participate.”
Eight teams have already issued firm expressions of interest and with today’s publication of the Notice of Race entries are expected to start to be confirmed by national clubs, which will each select and put forward their three-boat teams. Discounted early entry is available until 30th April
“We are hoping to attract even more clubs this year” continues Neve. “The event is open to competitive yachts and their crews not just from UK clubs but from those from further afield’’
The Challenge Cup which is sponsored by Seatrack and supported by Fullers, RIB-It.com, Sanders Sails, Spinlock, Harken and Wight Vodka, will be held from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th June. The regatta consists of three days of racing with a combination of Solent navigation and windward-leeward courses in Christchurch Bay.
The crew classification requirements have also changed to reflect the recent changes by ISAF, with the limit now two ‘Cat. 3’ on each yacht, helming only if they are the majority owner or charterer. The Notice of Race and entry form is now available on the event website.