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2019 GBR IRC Championships: Regional racing at its best with Spinlock IRC

by Jenny Howells 1 May 12:00 BST
IRC rated boats of all sizes and configurations race in the GBR Championships © Paul Wyeth / RORC

Spinlock are well established as sponsors of IRC and continue their support of the annual IRC Championships around the UK and Channel Islands.

Competitors can enjoy great racing and social programmes while keeping their eye on the achievement of IRC Champion status and exciting Spinlock prizes. James Hall, Spinlock Sales and Marketing Manager, is enthusiastic about continuing support of the IRC Championships:

"Spinlock are pleased to support the 2019 IRC Championships and continue to encourage competitive IRC racing around the regions. We are thrilled to provide a trophy, £250 Spinlock Voucher, a VITO lifejacket and a Deck Pack for the winners at each of this season's Championships."

Ten IRC Championships are held all around the British coast from Scotland to the Channel Islands as well as a specific event for two-handed crews, providing a large variety of venues, racing conditions and social events to be enjoyed both on and off the water. While most events are held over a weekend, some are spread over several weeks or incorporate separate events. The Solent Championship consists of four events organised by separate clubs, while RORC's Two-Handed National Championship comprises both inshore and offshore racing and the Inshore Championship on Lake Windermere runs through the winter. 2019 also sees the return of the GBR IRC National Championship organised by RORC from Cowes, after a break last year when RORC organised the IRC European Championship.

Scottish Series is also a major event for the RC35 class which was developed for close racing within a tight IRC rating band, and along with the Welsh National IRC Championship is part of the Celtic Cup incorporating events in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Two of the first clubs to use the RORC Rating Office's Advocate Scheme to successfully start using IRC for their club racing in are hosting IRC Championships this year the Southern Championship at Weymouth Sailing Club, and the South West Championship which includes the Royal Dart YC as organisers. Reflecting increasing participation in two-handed racing, the Two-Handed Championship returns in September, organised by RORC Cowes.

The 2019 GBR IRC Championships programme is as follows:

  • Solent 4 events (May-Sept)
  • Scottish Scottish Series (May)
  • Southern Weymouth and Portland (May)
  • National RORC Cowes (July)
  • East Coast Ramsgate Week (July)
  • Welsh National Cardigan Bay (August)
  • South West Dartmouth (August)
  • Two-Handed - Cowes (September)
  • Channel Islands - Jersey (September)
  • Inland Windermere (November-March)
Cowes-based Spinlock is an independent company with a range of products under its Control, Protect and Sense categories, including ropeholding, harnesses, lifejackets and data management tools, all designed to help improve performance and enjoyment of your sport. All Spinlock IRC members worldwide, holding a current IRC certificate, benefit from a 25% discount off all Spinlock products.

Full details of the GBR IRC Championships are here

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