100 years of The Houghton Cup

by Louay Habib

The Crouch Estuary is one of the most picturesque sailing locations within the British Isles and yacht racing has been a part of the river's history for well over a century. Located on the East Coast of England, it is easily accessible by sea from Belgium, France and Holland, with good rail and road connections from London.

2011 marks the centenary year of Houghton Cup, originally an 82-mile night race, starting and finishing from the Crouch, via the Sunk and Cork Light Vessels. Sidney Houghton originally presented the trophy in 1911, predating the Fastnet Race by some fourteen years. The race now always takes place on the first day of Burnham Week, which for 2011, runs from 27th August to 3rd September.

by Louay Habib

Organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, the 10th Azores and Back Yacht Race (AZAB) will start from Falmouth in June 2011. The course covers about 2500 miles of ocean, approximately 1220 miles on each leg. The majority of yachts usually take between 7 and 10 days to reach the Azores, allowing a week or so to relax and restock for the return passage. 

Mike Sturrock and Tim Taylor will be racing their Sadler 34, Stratagem, double-handed to the Azores and back to Falmouth and they will not be alone. So far 104 teams racing under IRC, in a huge variety of boats, will be making the trip. 

Heineken Cape Town to Rio - back to celebrate turning forty

by Louay Habib

The Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race is a direct route, 3,320 Nm usually downwind between Cape Town, South Africa and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The race is one South Africa's iconic sporting challenges, the next edition of the Royal Cape Yacht Club's premier South Atlantic race will take place in January 2011.

An international fleet is expected to be racing under the IRC rule for monohulls and the MOCRA rule for multihulls. 25 boats are expected to take part in this prestigious race, which was last raced from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro 11 years ago.

by Louay Habib 

The inaugural IRC Baltic circuit has received worldwide acclaim. The initiative by leading owners associations in northern Europe has broken down the barriers between a group of countries to provide an impressive list of competitors with a huge variety of racing. Eleven events across six countries make up the IRC Baltic Circuit which kicks off in May this year and runs right through until October.

Boats from Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden will compete over a variety of events.  The vast range of yachts competing come from the drawing boards of the best production and custom yacht designers from around the world.

International Yacht Forum 2010 - The future in Offshore Yacht Racing

The offshore racing scene has changed a lot during the last few years, so there was a need for an update on design, technical development, rating rules and race formats. So this weekend the German Offshore Owners Association (http://www.ger-oo.org/) together with Pantaenius, North Sails, hanseboot Boatshow and SGS arranged a free forum on the future in Offshore Yacht Racing.

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John Crawley (CAN IRC)  
Jinno (c/o JPN IRC)
 
 
 
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