The programme for the first part of 2020 is mostly based around the RORC offshore race calendar, of which the Round Ireland Race will be a highlight. But then, in July, the boat will be moved to the Mediterranean for 3 major events there. It is likely that the boat will be based at Port Napoleon in France and returned there after each of the three events.
The programme below is based mostly on the Notice of Race from RORC and JOG, etc. Dates may be subject to change but as of now (January 2020) changes should be unlikely. The RORC 2019 Notice of Race gives further details for each of the races, including dates, start times and rough courses):
To these races I have added the date of Med events as precisely as possible and as publicised in Jan 2020.
The key events are in bold below; the others are less certain. (Ones in italics are just for information.)
There should be a shakedown and testing weekend early in the season for some new sails.
A couple of changes in the RORC calendar are worth mentioning. Firstly, because of the way that public holidays fall in the Netherlands and the UK this year, the North Sea Race is on the same weekend as the Myth of Malham. So, although I would normally do the NSR, this year it won't be possible. Secondly, the Morgan Cup (a race with a variable destination) is going to Cork (Ireland) which will make the race longer than usual (and mean it starts during the week). The logic is that the following week is Cork Week, including the IRC championships, so boats doing the race can stay for the inshore racing. Unfortunately, the next weekend is the St. Malo race so it will not be possible to stay for Cork Week without missing the other race.
|April||Shakedown weekend||TBA||Sea trials in the Solent for the new jibs etc., possibly including a WSS race on the Sunday|
|JOG||NJO Sails Cherbourg races||Friday 10 + Sunday 12 April
|Cowes - Cherbourg - Cowes, one race there, one back, Saturday in Cherbourg|
|May||RORC||Cervantes Trophy||Friday 8 May||Cowes - Le Havre|
|RORC||Myth of Malham||Saturday 23 May||Cowes - Eddystone - Solent|
|June||RORC||De Guingand Bowl||Saturday 6 June||Cowes - Around Marks|
|RORC||Round Ireland Race||Saturday 20 June||Cowes - Dieppe|
|July||RORC||Morgan Cup||Wednesday 8 July||Cowes - Cork|
|RORC||Dinard-St Malo Race||Friday 17 July||Cowes - St Malo|
|August||Palermo MC race||Tuesday 18 August||Palermo - Monte Carlo|
|September||Voiles de St. Tropez||Saturday 26 September to 4 October||Coastal racing|
|October||RORC||Rolex Middle Sea Race||Saturday 17 October||Valletta - round Sicily - Valletta|