sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Can you Cant at Cowes or not?

Can you Cant at Cowes or not?

'CHIEFTAIN, Ger O’Rourke, across the finish line, corrected time winner - 2007 Rolex Fastnet'    © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

In what is looking more and more like the Event That Never Was, Stuart Quarrie, Chief Executive of Cowes Week, has issued another press release outlining the organisers view of canting keelers taking part in this years Cowes Week, if any had wanted too!

Quarrie had earlier deflated the claims of Chieften owner, Ger O'Rourke, that the canters were being unfairly treated, by pointing out - 'that if there were half a dozen or so owners of boats with canting keels who wanted to come and race at Skandia Cowes Week 2008 then I am sure the sailing committee would look favourably on having a class for them.'

This was not enough for O'Rourke who weighed in with a follow-up release arguing that Cowes was breaching the IRC constitution objectives and that their attempts to stop progress would harm IRC globally. Strangely, Chieftain has not taken part in Skandia Cowes Week in recent years when she would have been eligible to race with her canting keel, despite claiming that this was the way to grow the canting keel class in the North.

Stuart Quarrie and that canting keel issue again - Tuesday, 04 March 2008

There has been much speculation over the last few days regarding Skandia Cowes Week and canting keelers following an open email from Ger O’Rourke. I therefore feel it is important to address some of the partly thought-out ideas and comments that have been made, in order to try and lay this matter to rest.

Cowes Week has always welcomed innovation and new types of boat and will continue to do so in the future.

Any class or type of boat is welcome to come to us and ask for inclusion. Given enough interest, these requests are accommodated wherever possible. As one example this year, we will have IMOCA Open 60s racing for the Artemis Trophy on the Tuesday.

We have looked carefully at the anticipated entries for this year’s Skandia Cowes Week and are confident that there would only be one or two large boats with canting keels wishing to enter, if indeed there are any at all. If we are wrong and there are a number of owners of large canting keel boats wishing to come and race then we would ask them to contact us as soon as possible so that we may be able to consider them as a class (admin@skandiacowesweek.co.uk).

At the smaller end, we have the local boat Full Pelt and possibly one Schock 40. Owners of fixed keel boats racing against these have not expressed the same concerns as we have seen from owners of bigger boats.

The owners and crews of some of our classes believe that boats designed with canting keels are as far apart from their boats as multihulls and in general do not wish to race against them – not because the canting keeled boats will always win but because the quality of racing is compromised.

Our sailing committee is fully aware that, in the ideal world, we would split our handicap fleets on a mixture of rating and boat style. However, we currently have 10 IRC fleets of between 30–60 boats, racing within close rating bands each day. To fully embrace the concept of splitting the fleet on type of boat as well as on rating, we would need to either go to at least 15-20 IRC classes or dramatically extend the rating bands within classes. We are not able to do the former and do not believe that the latter would give better racing to the majority. Internally, we have been looking for some time at the possibility of giving prizes for more than one division within each rating class, perhaps splitting the fleet on DLR (displacement to length ratio) or some mixture of DLR and sail area.

Mike Urwin, RORC Rating Office technical director, sits on the Skandia Cowes Week sailing committee and has been kind enough to make the following statement available:

“The RORC Rating Office recognises that canting keel boats are different from other boats. They have performance profiles which are such that when they find their conditions, their actual performance versus predicted performance can make good racing difficult to achieve. The same is true to a lesser extent of boats at other extremes of the design envelope. The effect of this is to potentially compromise the quality of racing for all.

“It is far from uncommon for race organisers to restrict entries to a regatta, or a class within a regatta, based on physical parameters. A maximum or minimum length, TCC within a defined range, IRC Hull Factor, displacement/length ratio, etc. Examples include the ‘High Performance Class’ at Cork Week a few years ago, and ‘performance cruising’ classes at events such as Phuket King’s Cup, etc.

“At the heart of this is that race organisers continually strive to serve the best interests of their fleets. Inclusion of popular one design classes and sportsboat classes for instance. Closer definition of boat types is just another example of this, and is a matter entirely for an event organiser based on anticipated entries and the overall constraints of the regatta.”

To conclude, I would like to add to the last paragraph from Mike’s statement. We, as organisers of Skandia Cowes Week, believe passionately in the regatta. We solicit and listen to feedback from our competitors. We can never satisfy everyone but continually strive to ensure that the majority have the regatta that they want.

Stuart Quarrie




by Sail-World.com/uk

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42348

8:28 PM Tue 4 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Yachting News

Related News Stories:

05 Jan 2013  The yacht club with no water.
11 Jun 2012  Yacht Club of Monaco-'New clubhouse new horizons,' says Prince Albert
11 Apr 2012  Yacht Club celebrates fifty years
25 Jan 2012  European Yachts of the Year: Beneteau, Oyster, Pogo and Esse
28 Jun 2011  What, actually, is a superyacht? Australia ponders
04 Jun 2009  OBE for Sailing Team Manager Stephen Park
03 Jun 2009  Leaders of world’s premier yacht clubs 'in the same boat'
01 Jun 2009  UK boat builders feel the stress
30 May 2009  Sailing Clubs named as Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp venues
29 May 2009  Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit WPNSA
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World















The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI


















Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,




















2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup final qualification system published
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Karma Sailing Group wins
Red Bull 49erFX: Easing into the Olympic scene at Rio
Kempe thrilled to invite himself to Gold Cup party
2014 420 World Championships - Singapore wins Day 2 race
Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals
Etchells Invitational Cup - Girls on top in Cowes
National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge   
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named   
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4   
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014   
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston   
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Polishing the silverware   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT