Following the successful inaugural IRC European Championship held at Volvo Cork Week in Ireland in July 2016, the Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Michael Boyd spoke about the new IRC European Championship at the Prize Giving: "I am very happy to announce that the 2017 IRC European Championship will be held in Marseille, France during the first two weeks of July and we will be there come what may. In 2018 the championship will be in Cowes, 2019 could be held in Scheveningen, Netherlands and we have an application from the Royal Cork to return in 2020, for their tricentenary, and we hope to respond very soon. Looking forward to Marseille, I would point out that the Royal Ocean Racing Club has strong links with French yachting, especially UNCL and we are sure that IRC European Championship in Marseille will be a superb event."
After a sensational week of racing, that included eight inshores, one 24 hour overnight offshore race and a round the Isle of Wight race held in 20-25 knots and brilliant sunshine, one race was held but ultimately abandoned on the final day of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews. As a result, yesterday's scores stand, with France Blue claiming victory in this Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup on 160 points, 35.5 ahead of Flanders North Sea.
See the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup website for the final report, full results and photos