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RC35 Weekend Entry Deadline Approaches at Royal Ulster Yacht Club

27th April 2023
Pat Kelly’s J109 Storm from Rush and Howth was a 2021 Bangor Town Regatta winner
Pat Kelly’s J109 Storm from Rush and Howth was a 2021 Bangor Town Regatta winner Credit: Afloat

There are only a few days to go until the discounted entry fee for the RC35 two-day event at Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough ends.

Before 30th April, it is £100; after that and before 17th June, it’s £125.

Last year Bangor Town Regatta welcomed several Scottish competitors, but it is not clear if they will sign up for the two-day event this year.

It has prompted the question will Scottish RC35s warm up on Belfast Lough at the inaugural RC35 weekend less than two weeks ahead of the biggest IRC battle of the season in the 25-boat IRC Class One at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta? Or will they go direct to Dublin Bay? Or do both?

On Belfast Lough, there will be five races over the two days, 24th and 25th June and Event Organiser Rory Flannigan is keen that the event is a success. “The event is for yachts falling inside the IRC classes. As well as prizes for IRC 1, IRC 2 and IRC 3, there will be separate prizes for those yachts which are part of the RC35 class. With three races planned for Saturday and two for Sunday, we are hoping for high-octane racing around a windward/leeward course followed by a barbeque and social on the lawn overlooking the entirety of Belfast Lough. At a very affordable price, any yacht from any port or yacht club is welcome.”

The Notice of Race has been published on the Royal Ulster website (Royal Ulster Yacht Club, Bangor, Northern Ireland | RUYC) and is downloadable below.

For further information, please contact: [email protected] for Rory Flannigan’s attention.

Published in RC35, Belfast Lough
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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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RC35 Class

The concept of the RC35 Class is to bring together similar boats within a close handicap banding and to work with owners and crews to develop the best racing experience possible on the Clyde and the Irish Sea area. The Class is within a tight rating band (IRC 1.015-1.040) yacht racing will be in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Q: What is the RC35 ‘Rule’?
A: Qualifying yachts for the RC35 Class will sit within an IRC Banding of 1.015 to 1.040. In 2017 it is proposed that a tolerance of +/- 0.05pts will be permitted

Q: Are there any other criteria?
A: RC35 takes the most prevalent IRC racing boats on the Clyde and groups them within a fixed rating band. Qualifying boats will have an LOA 32ft—38ft and displacement of between 3,000kg—9,000kg. The rule also requires boats conform to ISAF Cat.4 be anti-fouled and not dry sailed. A limit of sail purchases (2 per year) also applies.

Q: What is the RC35 Championship?
A: The RC35 Championship will cover 8 events (6 to count) and include events such as Scottish Series, Dun Laoghaire/Bangor and an RC35 Championship weekend. Each year the Class will make a commitment to one ‘away’ regatta as part of the Championship.