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Double-handed racing debuts at Lendy Cowes Week © Paul Wyeth
Double-handed racing debuts at Lendy Cowes Week © Paul Wyeth

Lendy Cowes Week

Cowes Week Ltd, the organisers of Lendy Cowes Week, the world’s largest regatta, is delighted to announce that in a new and exciting development the 2018 regatta will see the introduction of a new Double-handed class.

Double-handed racing has recently become incredibly successful worldwide, both inshore and offshore and this new class reflects the demand for, and interest in, Double-handed sailing. Entries are invited for boats with IRC ratings between 0.900 to 1.085.

Racing will be held as part of the Black Group and courses will be about 3½ hours long with an interesting range of wind angles, but somewhat fewer legs than for the standard IRC classes. The courses will, however, be challenging and we expect a highly competitive fleet. The class will be offered its own start every day and, if there is enough demand going forward we would be delighted to offer two class starts, enabling a wider range of boats to compete, including some of the smaller boats.

Commenting, Laurence Mead, CWL Regatta Director said, ‘We are very happy to open up this new class to Lendy Cowes Week as it reflects a growing part of the sport and at CWL we want to offer the racing that sailors want. For some classes that is a bit more of a bias to windward/leeward courses and for others a more ’round the cans’ structure. Welcoming the Double-handed boats is a natural evolution of the week and we look forward to seeing them on the water and at the social events which form such an important part of the Lendy Cowes Week experience.”

The updated Advance Notice of Regatta is now available online. Lendy Cowes Week 2018 takes place from the 4-11 August.

by Cowes Week Ltd

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