The IRC Europeans incorporates the most active and competitive IRC racing boats that fall into the rating band 1.00 to 1.27. This fleet has had its own European Championship held in Cork Ireland in 2016 and Marseille in 2017. In 2018 the IRC European Championship will take place in Cowes, and incorporate the Commodores’ Cup. It is expected to attract up to 100 individual entries over the nine-day period.
The European Championship will be an Open event, meaning that amateurs and professionals will race each other and the presence of professional sailors on board the entries is unrestricted. However, to compete for the Commodores’ Cup within the championship, each three-boat team will be restricted to just one World Sailing Category 3 sailor per boat.
The Commodores’ Cup is a team-based keelboat event and has been running every other year since 1992 and has seen incredible competition amongst amateur-sailed IRC rated offshore keelboats representing various countries and regions.
The 2018 IRC European Championship will be multi-disciplinary event incorporate a variety of different races; short windward-leeward races, round the buoys, one long day race around the Isle of Wight (scoring coefficient 1.5) and one 150 nautical mile/30-36 hour offshore race (scoring coefficient 2.0).