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20 December 2003, 12:52 pm
New Shorthanded Race Announced
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Petit Bateau 2004

The event is aimed specifically at sailors who want to rise to the challenge of longer solo offshore racing but find themselves with neither the time nor the budget for a Mini Transat, Figaro or an Open 50/60 campaign.
The race has been designed to fit into a two week holiday period in order to suit amateur sailors who can take only limited time away from their full time jobs. One leg of the race is over 500 miles and will, it is hoped, count as a qualifying passage for any skippers planning to enter the 2005 Singlehanded Transatlantic Race for small boats, being organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club.
The Course & Dates

Leg One
Falmouth - Kinsale, Ireland. Start Saturday 17 July, approximately 200 miles
Leg Two
Kinsale - Gijon, Spain. Start Wednesday 21 July, approximately 500 miles
Leg Three
Gijon - Camaret, France. Start Wednesday 28 July, approximately 300 miles
Finish, Camaret, with a prize giving Saturday 31 July.

Boats & Classes

The race is for boats, of any country, of between 30 and 45 feet l.o.a. smaller boats may be allowed to enter subject to approval by the race organisers. All boats, of whatever nationality, must comply with ORC Special Regulations Cat 1.
It is planned, depending on entry numbers, to run three open classes: 30' - 35', over 35' - 40' and over 40' to 45'. There will also be IRC and MOCRA prizes for boats with valid certificates.

Further details are available on the event website at the address below.
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