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New regatta seriescovers the East Coast

Sailors have been talking about a series of world class racing events, both inshore and offshore, to bring sailors up the east coast from Florida and the Caribbean to New England regattas and the Bermuda Race with great racing along the way.

The new US-IRC Gulf Stream Series invites the best yachts racing in the world to compete for two new trophies. The series will feature racing on the East Coast of America, Florida, mid-Atlantic, New England, plus Bermuda and in the Caribbean. Racing will be scored under the IRC rating system either in specific classes, or dual-scored along with other systems.Organizers anticipate participation from an international IRC fleet and hope the new series will bring a return to the days of big series racing like the SORC, but offer sailors the choice between events best suited for their sailing programs.

The Onion Patch Series, including Newport-Bermuda, is required, as is one of the two medium-distance races — Fort Lauderdale to Key West or the Block Island Race. Two other events, Key West Race Week, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Acura Miami Race Week, International Rolex Regatta St. Thomas or the Annapolis Yacht Club Spring IRC regatta must be sailed at the owner’s choice to complete the series.

Racing will be by individual entry and by teams representing nations, yacht clubs, or other sailing associations for both the Gulf Stream Trophy and the Gulf Stream Team Trophy. All yachts entering the series must qualify for entry in the Newport-Bermuda Race, a Category 1 offshore race for monohull yachts as defined by their Notice of Race. Professional or amateur programs are welcome.