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Photo: Neill Ross Photography

If you are looking for some new challenges in your racing schedule this year, why not head off and enjoy competing in different fleets, conditions, and scenery in one of the many GBR IRC Championships.

There are plenty of opportunities for boats and their owners to become Spinlock IRC champions around the country this summer, says Jenny Howells, Technical Manager of the RORC Rating Office in Lymington.

"Now in its 6th year, the GBR IRC Championship circuit has a variety of events to offer IRC racers, from the Small Boat Championship in the Solent to Regional Championships in six different areas, and of course the National Championship organised by RORC itself."

More details of the events and organising clubs can be found on in the Spinlock IRC section. As is fitting for this season's theme of #ThisBoatCan, most of the Championships are approved to accept Spinlock IRC Single Event Ratings, so even if you are not a regular IRC racer you can compete in two events per year at a minimal rating fee.

The calendar for 2015 is:

May-Sept, Solent, Various Solent venues
06-07 June, Scottish, Helensburgh
11-12 July, Small Boat, Hamble
11-12 July, East Coast, Felixstowe
17-19 July, National, Cowes
20-22 Aug, South West. Fowey
21-23 Aug, Welsh, Pwllheli
18-19 Sept, Double Handed, Cowes
18-20 Sept, Channel Islands, Guernsey

#ThisBoatCan, the Spinlock IRC social media campaign launched earlier this month to highlight the variety of boat types and sizes that race under IRC, is running for six months until the end of September 2015. Owners and crews are encouraged to join in and post photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of their IRC racing, tagged #ThisBoatCan, and will also be entered into a free draw each month to win a Spinlock new WING or FOIL Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Full details are available at including full terms & conditions of entry.

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