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|New cruiser racer programme for Cowes Week|
Cowes Week Limited will be introducing an alternative style of racing for Island Sailing Club rated boats on the final Saturday of this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. The new programme is being introduced following feedback from competitors, and is scheduled for 10 August. Racing on this day will take place over a short course of 2-3 hours duration, with a late morning start and a fee of just £30.
The aim is to allow cruiser-racers to experience the fun of the Cowes Week regatta within a very simple race format and under basic sailing instructions, with the course chosen on the day to suit the weather conditions and keep waypoints to a minimum. The start will be timed so that other racing fleets will have already cleared the starting area.
Stuart Quarrie, CEO of Cowes Week Ltd, says: “We know the potential size of this cruiser-racer group is huge from the 1,000 or so boats which take part in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race under ISCRS.
“We understand that these sailors may not be regular racers and might even feel their boat isn’t suited to a regatta like Cowes Week. However, rest assured that the ISCRS Class has been designed with this in mind. The Class is all about fun and relaxed racing with like-minded skippers who enjoy a little friendly competition without the cut and thrust of the regular racing classes. You have the choice of rating your boat with or without downwind sails, potentially taking even more pressure off your crew.”
The Island Sailing Club Rating System (ISCRS) class will race on each day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, so sailors who decide to do more than one day will be able to join in on whichever additional days are convenient.