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UK IRC National Championship Leaves the Solent for the First Time in 2024

16th March 2024

IRC rating's 40th anniversary year sees the GBR IRC National Championship leave the Solent for the first time; in 2024, it will be held at 'International' Poole Regatta over the spring bank holiday, 25-27 May, with three days of racing in Poole Bay.

As regular Afloat readers know, Ireland will stage the IRC European Championships in September at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay.

In addition, the 2024 GB IRC Championship calendar is:


IRC Welsh National Championship

Pwllheli, Cardigan Bay Celtic Regatta

17–19 May 2024

IRC Double Handed National Championship

RORC, Cowes

18 May 2024 – De Guingand Bowl

25 May 2024 – Myth of Malham

IRC Scottish Championship

Tarbert, Loch Fyne; Clyde Cruising Club

24–27 May 2024

IRC National Championship

25–27 May 2024


IRC Bristol Channel Championship

Portishead: 15–16 June 2024

Cardiff: 29–30 June 2024


IRC Two Handed European Championship

5 July – Cowes to St Malo

11 July – Drheam Cup, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin to La Trinité-sur-Mer

IRC South West Championship

Plymouth, Royal Western Yacht Club

12–14 July 2024


IRC East Coast Championship

West Mersea, Mersea Week 50th Anniversary Regatta

18–23 August 2024


IRC Channel Islands Championship

Jersey Regatta

14-15 September 2024


IRC Inland Championship

Windermere Cruising Association

November 2024 – March 2025

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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