The deadline for entry for the 2020 event is Tuesday 14th April. After this any spare yachts will be allocated by ballot to aspirant entries not granted priority in 2020.
Given the Covid-19 emergency entrants will not be required to make deposit payments.
Implications of the 2020 split fleet
For the 2020 Regatta only there will be no match-racing competition because Sunsail are in the process of changing their fleet from their old F40s to the new F41s. The fleet will therefore be split, with ten of the old F40s and 15 of the new F41s. The Management Committee’s current plan is to run a series of split-fleet race on the same course on Saturday, probably on windward/leeward course, with trophies being awarded to 1st and 2nd in each fleet. For the Sunday, there will probably be one or two single fleet races on handicap, probably ‘around the cans’.
Most crews choose to sleep onboard the yachts, but there are rooms available at the various Cowes yacht clubs and B&Bs and links are below. Note that despite the crew sizes mentioned below the F40s sleep only eight, mainly in double bets. The new F41s in theory sleep nine, but that is in four double and one single berths – so perhaps too cosy for some!
Sunsail’s F40 fleet was developed from the Beneteau First 40. Whilst Sunsail say these can be operated by an experienced crew of 8, we require a minimum of 9 crew (maximum of 12) and are allowing up to 3 declared ‘ringers’ who are not former pupils of the school they are sailing for. The spinnaker is 128 square metres of sail (dip pole system) and needs firm handling!
The new F41s are based on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range and like the F40s have a symmetric (dip pole) spinnaker. Details can be downloaded here. We are requiring a minimum of eight crew (maximum ten) for the F41s, and are allowing a maximum of two declared ‘ringers’.
Schools with confirmed entries will be invited to state a preference for an F40 or F41 and if necessary allocations will be decided by ballot.
FRIDAY 9th October 2020
Assemble at Sunsail, Port Solent. Plenty of PARKING.
Download directions [PO6 4TH] – Tel: 02392 222300 / 222336
Motor or sail over to Cowes Yacht Haven
The Royal London welcomes participants and their families for the duration of the regatta, hosting a Dark & Stormy Hour on Friday evening. Rooms may also be booked by calling the Clubhouse – Tel: 01983 299727.
SATURDAY 10th October 2020
Skippers’ briefing at 08.00 hrs on the dock at Cowes Yacht Haven
Races 1-4, from 10.00
Arrow Trophy Dinner at the Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre. Bar opens at 1900 hrs, dinner at 1930 hours – dress code for gentlemen: jacket and tie
SUNDAY 11th October 2020
Skippers briefing at 0830 hrs Cowes Yacht Haven
Races 5-6, from 1000 hrs
Return to Port Solent by approx 1500 hrs
Notice of Race
See the link opposite
See the link opposite