Cork week 2010 will strictly enforce its no pro rule next year to ensure only 'Corinthian' sailors helm in the bulk of competing sailing classes. Measures are also being taken to ensure the week is to become less expensive according to racing director Anthony O'Leary.
“We feel it is time to make some changes which reflect the needs of owners and competitors that are attracted to Cork Week. We are also very much aware that many competitors found the last edition too expensive in many areas and the organising committee will shortly be announcing some measures to address this concern.
Cork Week 2010 will be staged from 10th – 16th of July Recent alterations to the rules adopted into the Rolex Commodore’s Cup have proved very successful and it has been decided that certain elements of the event will be used for the bi-annual regatta staged by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This makes even more sense when you consider that the country versus country, flagship RORC event, will be staged a month after Cork Week and undoubtedly teams would love to race at Cork Week with their full crew and against the boats that they will be competing against. Cork Week 2010 will therefore allow Group 3 sailors to race in the relevant classes but they will be restricted to the exact Commodores Cup Format of:
IRC TCF 1.120 – 1.230 2 Group Three sailors
!RC TCF 1.075 – 1.119 1 Group Three sailor
IRC TCF 1.025 – 1.074 1 Group Three sailor
Furthermore the strict RCC rules regarding helmsmen will apply such that Corinthian sailors are required to helm in the above classes. Super Zero & Zero and One Design Classes, whose Class Rules do not limit professional sailors will be allowed as many Group 3 sailors as they like.