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Annapolis YC Double-Handed Distance Race announcement

by J/Boats 27 Sep 2020 23:27 PDT October 3-4, 2020
2019 Annapolis Y.C. Double Handed Distance Race © Alan R Schreitmueller

With thirty-eight entries confirmed in three classes, the Annapolis YC's Double-Handed Distance on October 3rd & 4th is the largest double-handed overnight race of the 2020 USA season. Its popularity after last year's debut is impressive, having doubled in size in only its second year.

Driving this popularity are the favorable early Fall sailing conditions on the Chesapeake and an accessible yet challenging format: an overnight race of 24 hours duration held on course options that vary from 95 to 100 miles in length.

The J/105 Class will have mandatory mixed-gender crews, while the other two classes will be raced using ORC ratings determined for boats varying in size and design diversity from a 21-foot Mini-Transat to Jim Demerest's J/46 Sodalis III.

Each ORC entry has an ORC Double-Handed certificate, introduced this year to give not only more accurate ratings due to the smaller crew weight aboard, but the option of having a different sail inventory that is more suitable for shorthanded sailing as well.

This versatility along with four scoring model options will give Annapolis YC PRO Dick Neville the opportunity to better tailor the race to the course and weather conditions for fair and transparent scoring.

More AYC Double-handed Distance Race sailing information here.

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