Please select your home edition
Edition
Typhoon 2022 LEADERBOARD

RORC GBR IRC Nationals 2024 to be part of International Paint Poole Regatta

by RORC Press 21 Sep 16:02 BST 25-27 May 2024
L to R: Andrew Pearce, President International Paint Poole Regatta, Jeremy Wilton, RORC CEO, Michael van Harmelen, International Paint/AkzoNobel, Regional Marketing Manager, Yacht Coatings - at the Southampton International Boat Show © Chris Jones

For the first time, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's GBR IRC National Championship in 2024 will not take place from the club's base in Cowes but will form part of the International Paint Poole Regatta.

The 26th edition of the IRC Nationals, one of the major annual regattas for the international rating system operated by the RORC, will take place on Poole Bay over 25-27th May 2024.

Held biennially, International Paint Poole Regatta as usual will be organised by the Combined Yacht Clubs of Poole and Poole Yacht Racing Association, with the title sponsor International Paint. This year's event included the IRC Southern Area Championship.

One of the oldest sailing events in the world, the Poole and Bournemouth Regatta, as it was originally known, was first held 1849. At this time yachting was a popular pastime of royalty and the aristocracy with clubs being set up and regattas held around the UK's entire coastline.

Originally the Poole and Bournemouth Regatta was raced for The Canford Cup, a George IV silver vase made in 1822. The trophy was first awarded in 1849 to Gleam, of P Roberts, Esq of the Southern Yacht Club in Southampton. It subsequently disappeared for decades, until it was recovered in 2015. Recently it has been won by Sam Laidlaw's Quarter Tonner Aguila in 2016, Richard Powell's Marvel in 2018 and this year by Ed Wilton's Who's Next.

The UK IRC National Championship was first held in 1999 with the advent of the RORC/UNCL's new IR2000 rule. Developed from the Channel Handicap System (CHS), the maths behind the IRC rule is undisclosed to avoid the arms race that inevitably occurs when competitive, well-resourced teams attempt to optimise their yachts to published rules.

Between CHS and IRC, the rule has been refined over the course of almost 40 years and between them the RORC/UNCL rating offices hold a huge database spanning small keelboats to the world's largest superyachts, from cruisers to grand prix racers. Significantly all certificates issued in the UK, both Standard and Endorsed, are verified by the professional staff at the RORC Rating Office.

As adding complexity to rating systems typically leads to little or no change in results, the IRC has been deliberately kept simple with ratings calculated from declared boat data for standard certificates (i.e. no need for measurement) while for an IRC Endorsed certificate a yacht's data must be verified by measurement but without the requirement for complex stability and hull measurements. A yacht's IRC rating is expressed as a single number (TCC) for time-on-time rating and can be used at events internationally. In practice this makes it relatively simple for teams to calculate their position on the course and their result within seconds of finishing.

Andrew Pearce, International Paint Poole Regatta President commented: "We are delighted that the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have announced that they are inviting the International Paint Poole Regatta to host the IRC Nationals as part of their regatta in 2024. Moving it out of the Solent to Poole is something we have been talking about for some time as the two regattas fit very comfortably together. With three days and eight races the two regattas are a perfect fit, and Poole being a very short trip out of the Solent should encourage all potential boats that are interested in racing in the event."

Jeremy Wilton, RORC CEO was present at the announcement on the first day of the Southampton International Boat Show and commented: "It is a real pleasure for RORC to be part of the International Paint Poole Regatta. It may not seem like a big decision to move the IRC Nationals away from its traditional home of Cowes, but it is a big decision within the Club and within IRC to actually move the event. It's never been done before and as it has the title 'Nationals' we felt it was really important to take it to a different part of the UK.

"The prestigious International Paint Poole Regatta is very well-established and International Paint is a well-known brand that's been with the regatta and supported it for a long time, so there's no better synergy for the Regatta, the IRC Nationals and the International Paint Poole Regatta to come together in 2024. We hope it will be the start of moving it to other great regattas around the UK," continued Wilton.

Jason Smithwick, Director of Rating at RORC Rating Office commented: "We are excited to have the event as part of the International Paint Poole Regatta. For some time we have had the idea of moving the IRC Nationals to other locations to vary the venue and allow other boats to participate in their local waters and now is the perfect time. We hope Poole will attract the regular Solent racers and in particular the boats from the South West and beyond. Poole is a perfect first edition of this initiative with great race organisation and sailing waters. RORC will of course be part of the core team in helping the International Paint Poole Regatta deliver a world class Nationals event that IRC sailors deserve."

For further information please go to:

Related Articles

Announcing the RORC Caribbean 600 Series
Three days of racing followed by the main event The series will include three days of racing followed by the main event; the 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The RORC Caribbean 600 Series is open to boats racing under the IRC, CSA and MOCRA Class Rules, plus other suitable classes. Posted on 12 Sep
Malice wins RORC Cherbourg Race
Concluding event of the 2022 RORC Season's Championship The 2022 RORC Season's Championship concluded on Saturday 3rd September with the finish of the 75-mile Cherbourg Race. A light southerly wind, oscillating both to the east and the west, giving a strategic edge to the race. Posted on 5 Sep
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race overall
Triumph through guile and determination Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years, the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race is one of the most challenging offshore races in the world. Posted on 3 Sep
Record entry for RORC Cherbourg Race Finale
81 teams are entered for the dash across The English Channel The world's largest offshore racing series concludes next weekend with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Cherbourg Race, starting from Cowes on Friday 2nd September at 1800 BST. Posted on 31 Aug
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, day 20
Polished Manx II was the 20th and final boat to succeed in completing the 1,805 mile race Kuba Szymanski's First 40.7 Polished Manx II racing in IRC Two-Handed with Adrian Kucmin finished the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race on Thursday 25th August at 14:00:54 in an elapsed time of 18 days 01 hrs 50 mins 54 secs. Posted on 25 Aug
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, day 18
All received a heroes welcome dockside in Cowes Day 18 of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, 19 teams have now finished the 1,805nm race with just one team still racing; Kuba Szymanski and Adrian Kucmin on the First 40.7 Polished Manx II. Posted on 24 Aug
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Bar Talk
Bellino & Mzungu! were in sight of each other for 15 days of match racing over 1,800nm In the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race the battle to be the first Two-Handed team to finish was extraordinary, with two teams in sight of each other for 15 days of match racing. Posted on 23 Aug
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race concludes
A thrilling climax to the 1,805 nautical mile race The Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race came to a thrilling climax on the 16th day of the 1,805 nautical mile race. Posted on 22 Aug
Tquila finishes Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland
The team received a warm welcome and cold beer at Trinity Landing in Cowes James McHugh's Tquila is the first Class40 to complete the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Finishing on Saturday 20 August at 14:06:47 BST in an elapsed time of 13 days 2 hours six mins and 47 secs. Posted on 20 Aug
Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race day 12
Medallia takes Line Honours IMOCA Medallia, skippered by Pip Hare, took Line Honours in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in an elapsed time of 10 days 13 hours 23 minutes and 22 seconds. Posted on 18 Aug