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23rd December 2009 RORC Announce Change to the Class Bands for Commodores’ Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) today announced a change to the class rating bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup.  The lower limit of Class 1 has been lowered by 10 points from 1.120 to 1.110.  The rating bands for classes 2 and 3 remain unchanged. Eddie Warden Owen, RORC CEO explained the thinking behind the change: “We have become aware that many countries have struggled to find competitive Class 1 boats and by lowering the bottom rating limit of Class 1 and creating an overlap between Classes 1 and 2, I am sure it will help countries select competitive teams.”

“Interest in the event continues to grow from all over the world: America, Scandinavia, the Baltic, Germany and South Africa are all assembling competitive teams as IRC continues to grow worldwide,” explained Warden Owen.

The Pre-Notice of Race has been altered as follows:

BOAT/TEAM ELIGIBILITY: A team shall consist of three boats, one from each of the following rating bands:

Class 1       1.110 – 1.230     DLR not exceeding 200

Class 2       1.075 – 1.119     DLR not exceeding 200

Class 3       1.025 – 1.074     DLR not exceeding 215

DLR = Displacement Length Ratio

CHALLENGES: (which need not identify the boats) shall be lodged by a Member National Authority. RORC shall have the discretion to accept a Challenge or Challenges from two or three Member National Authorities in combination, with the intention that any such team is representative of an identifiable region (e.g. Scandinavia).

NATIONALITY: At  least  50%  (rounded up e.g. a crew of 9 = 5) of the crew of each boat on board in any race shall comprise individuals who are Nationals of the country of the relevant team or individuals who have since1 August 2009 had their principal residence in that country or individuals who were born in that country.

SAILOR CLASSIFICATION CODE: ISAF Regulation 22, Sailor Classification Code, shall apply

(a) Crew Limitations

The crew of each boat shall include no more than:

            For Class 1: two Group 3 sailors

            For Class 2: one Group 3 sailor

            For Class 3: one Group 3 sailor

The full Notice of Race will be published in January 2010.

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  • Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and the IRC European Championship (includes the Commodores' Cup) in the Solent
  • The RORC works with other yacht clubs to promote their offshore races and provides marketing and organisational support. The RORC Caribbean 600, based in Antigua and the first offshore race in the Caribbean, has been an instant success. The 10th edition took place in February 2018. The RORC extended its organisational expertise by creating the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, the first of which was in November 2014
  • The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after a merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4,000
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