Harken to support RC35 Class


Harken UK are proud to announce their support of the RC35 Class for 2017

The RC35 Class was formed last year out of the Scottish Series Class 2 to facilitate close, competitive racing within a tight rating band.

Taking its example from classes like the mega successful Fast40 and TP52, the RC35 is a 'box-rule' class designed to encompass a multitude of similar smaller one-design classes. This means owners are no longer reliant on their  chosen one-design boat being popular to have access to close racing. To qualify for RC35 yachts must be cruiser-racers with an IRC handicap 1.015-1.040, a length of between 32ft and 38ft and a minimum weight of 3,000kg. It must also conform to RCD category B Offshore or above. This includes a wide variety of popular racing cruiser classes such as Beneteau First 35s, Beneteau 36.7s, J109s, Archambault 35s, MAT1010's and Corby 33s. 

Recently described as 'the most positive move in Scottish sailing', the new box-rule class has been instantly popular and fleets have now developed rapidly outside of Scotland, in Ireland, Wales and Northern England.

Reacting to the agreement RC35 representative Patrick Condy said: "We're excited to have Harken on board. Given that we're trying to develop the class, having a large sponsor with so much knowledge in the industry is ideal for us. Harken's size and experience will be really useful in helping us grow the RC35"

Harken UK MD Andy Ash-Vie said: "We are delighted to be supporting the RC35s. Small one-designs make up a large proportion of all yachts but with such a diversity of boats it can be difficult to find good-sized fleets to race against. The RC35 box rule is already getting more people on the water, more owners buying new yachts, and more existing yachts racing. We felt it only right to support of this growing fleet."

Starting next month the inaugural RC35 class championship will run over eight events with five to count. Boats must sail at least five events to qualify. The eight events are:

  • Kip Regatta - West Patch, Inverkip, Scotland - 13/14 May
  • Silvers Scottish Series - Loch Fyne, Scotland - 26-29 May
  • Mudhook Regatta - East Patch, Scotland - 17-18 June
  • Dun Loaghaire Regatta - Dublin, Ireland - 6-9 July
  • Largs Regatta Weekend - Largs, Scotland - 26/27 August
  • RGYC King George V Race - Gourock, Scotland - 2nd September
  • RC35 Scottish Championship Weekend - Rhu, Wales - 16-17th September 

The Harken Tech Team van will be on hand at the Scottish Series to provide tech support and go-faster upgrade suggestions. RC35 skippers who drop by the van during the series can get their hands on a goodie bag, packed full of Harken loot. 

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