Isle of Wight Dinghy Championship 2019
The Isle of Wight Dinghy Championships 2019. Gurnard Sailing Club has been running Cowes Dinghy Week since around 1974, before that date dinghies were included in Cowes Week, hence the name, however it was decided to separate the fleets for mainly safety reasons. The event ran very successfully for many years, primarily as a 'regatta' with the focus firmly on families and a one race a day format around an extensive social programme over six or seven days. However, leisure habits and time constraints for competitors reduced the numbers attending and they diminished slowly until the end of 2017 event when it was decided that a five day event was no longer viable and would be replaced by a three-day championship.
The focus on the new championship is to have 2 days of competitive racing with a mixture of courses starting from the club line as well as committee boats. The event will be overseen by a mixture of volunteers and professional race managers. There will also be an overall winner declared using a formula that balances out the discrepancies in fleet numbers.
Last updated 08:13 on 5 August 2020