Outright Speed Record Course (500m and one nautical mile) Course
There are no specific rules about the location for breaking the outright speed records. The best location would ideally provide sheltered, calm water with surrounding, flat land and a steady offshore breeze. We are currently considering several locations in the UK for preliminary testing and have also identified a five kilometer course on the Ijsselmeer in the Netherlands suitable for attempting record-breaking runs.
The cross channel route begins at Cowes and heads in a westerly direction towards Yarmouth and the English Channel. The course then bears south westerly to round the Channel Islands passing St Peter Port on Guernsey. After that it is a straight race to the finish at Dinard and St Malo in France. The Cowes-Dinard Race happens every year at the end of June.
The route around the Isle of Wight is the shortest ratified ocean record and begins at Cowes heading in a westerly direction towards Yarmouth. The course passes round the Needles Lighthouse, along the south-west coast of the Island to St. Catherine's Point and then up across Sandown Bay and round the Bembridge Ledge Buoy. The final stretch makes its way past the Forts and across Osborne Bay to the finish line back at Cowes. The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race takes place every year, with the next one scheduled for 23rd June 2007.
The Fastnet course is a classic offshore route of 608 miles. The course is unusual, as it begins off Cowes and travels to the Fastnet Rock off the south-west coast of Ireland. The Fastnet Rock has to be rounded and then back to Plymouth via the southern side of the Scilly Isles. Held every two years, the next Fastnet Race is due to take place in August 2007.
The course encloses the whole of Ireland and all offshore islands and is 708nm long. Currently the only WSSRC approved starting/finishing point is Dun Laoghaire near Dublin.
Again there are no specific rules about the location of 24 hour distance record except that it must be completed offshore. We would again be looking for calm water with a steady offshore breeze strong enough for Monofoil to fly. As we get nearer the record attempt we aim to locate a suitable 1000nm course.
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