This years IDOR event took place with a well attended field from across the UK. Provision al results are now available.
Once again thanks to the organising committee and crews for taking part again this year.
Passage Race Friday 23rd June:
1st HASSRA A (Tres Jolie)
2nd NCA 1 (Faux Pas)
3rd HASSRA B (Avant Garde)
The roots of the event can be traced back to 1968 with a challenge between two boats to race across the Channel from the Solent to Cherbourg. Over subsequent years the event grew in numbers but it remained a handicap fleet of boats owned, borrowed or chartered by their skippers and crews. The event grew through the seventies into the early 80s by which time it was being run under the auspices of the Island Sailing Club at Cowes and included a number of inshore races in addition to the offshore cross-Channel race (weather permitting). In 1982 the date was brought forward from October to July. Thereafter it has been held in early to mid-summer, usually based in the Solent but always with a scheduled offshore race.
1985 saw a move to the Royal Solent YC in Yarmouth for one year. In 1988 and 1989 the offshore race was to the Normandy harbour of St Vaast. Perhaps the most significant change was the introduc-tion of a one-design fleet in 1996, with a separate handicap class for those who wanted to race their own boats. The one-design boats were Sigma 362s that year and Sunfast 36s in ‘97 and ’98. In both years Cherbourg races were planned, though cancelled in ’97. 1999 saw a change of venue: twelve Dufour 35s were chartered from Portway Yacht Charters of Plymouth, and the in-shore races were held in Plymouth under the auspices of the Royal Western YC. The offshore race was up-Channel and finished at Warsash in the Solent.
In 2000 it was back to Cowes, in Sunfast 32s, and a race round the IOW which has remained a feature ever since. For 2001 and 2002 the Sunfast 32s were retained with the regatta base in Poole and Cowes respectively. Bavarias were the one-design choice for 2003. 2004 saw the first IDOR using Sunsail’s one-design fleet, in Sunfast 36s. In 2007 these were replaced by Sunfast 37s and 2011 was the first IDOR to use the new Sunsail Beneteau F40s. Unfortunately the tides in 2011 precluded a race round the Island, so instead there was a race to the Nab and back and a second coastal race into Christchurch Bay.