The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), together with Rolex, has announced details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight between Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st August 2010.
This tough mix of inshore and offshore races will be compacted into a challenging 7 day racing schedule on the testing waters in and around the Solent. As in 2008, the handicap system will be IRC (Endorsed) and there will be three rating bands.
The international teams will consist of three boats, with one boat from each of the following Bands:
Class 1, TCC 1.120 – 1.230, DLR (Displacement Length Ratio) 200 Class 2, TCC 1.075 – 1.119, DLR 200 Class 3, TCC 1.025 – 1.074, DLR 215
The race format is broadly similar to 2008 except that the regatta will finish one day earlier so that teams will have the Sunday to travel home.
The offshore race remains in the middle of the week and the short passage race, provisionally a Round the Island course, towards the end. The final inshore race of the series will again carry double points to add to the excitement at the event climax.
Nationality rules remain as per 2008, with a 50% requirement.
Complete details of the Rolex Commodores’ Cup 2010 will be published in the Notice of Race later this year.
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association under Commodore Barry Rose held a preliminary meeting earlier this year to seek expressions of interest and at this meeting it was decided that trials would be held for the 2010 event.