Illingworth Challenge - New 400 mile JOG race

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A new offshore race, the Illingworth Challenge, has been announced by the Junior Offshore Group (JOG). Starting from the JOG start line in Cowes on 19th July 2008, the race will take competitors west out of the Solent, around Ushant to the finish off La Trinite, a distance of approximately 400 miles.

Open to all monohull yachts with an IRC handicap rating of 1.200 and below, the race is in the typical Corinthian style of JOG. With three classes and double handed racers also catered for, the race will finish in the beautiful port of La Trinite, one of the most popular yachting centres in the Bay of Biscay.

The Race is ISAF/ORC Special Regulations Category 2 and will be run under JOG General Conditions with all entrants complying with ISAF (RRS) Regulation 20 Category A.

JOG was founded in 1950 and has run a successful series of races from their start line in Cowes for over twenty years. Each year JOG runs an Offshore Category 3 Championship and an Inshore Category 4 Championship. Nearly all of the races in both Championships are 'destination' races, designed so that competitors can enjoy time at the finish socialising and exploring the location.

The Illingworth Challenge Race celebrates the origins of JOG, true Corinthian offshore racing in small, seaworthy boats to pleasant destinations. The race will run every two years.

For information on the race contact the Junior Offshore Group on 01983 291 192 or visit their web site at www.jog.org.uk

The race will run every two years. For information on the race contact the Junior Offshore Group on 01983 291 192 or visit their web site at http://www.jog.org.uk