The race programme has just been published with some small changes to the race calendar that once again offers some challenging and interesting races.

For racers looking to push themselves to the next level there are several night races, a channel race and the classic Royal Cornwall Hosted Trinity Race round the Wolf Rock and Eddystone lighthouses. Once again RORC has accepted COGS races as Fastnet qualifiers proving this series has something to test every sailor looking to build experience.

St Mawes is once again the host of the midsummer night race round the Eddystone. This pursuit race sees exciting racing as the fleet converges on the light before the race back towards the ever welcoming breakfast washed down with probably your earliest pint of the year at St Mawes Sailing Club. There are seven coastal races including the Penzance race organised by Penzance Sailing Club and Falmouth to Fowey weekend with a race back to Falmouth on the Sunday and races organised by Royal Cornwall and POFROC respectively.

The main change for this year is the Penzance race which is now organised by Penzance Sailing Club will now start from Falmouth instead of Helford. Tides mean there is a two week gap between this race and the onward race to the Scillies for those using it as a feeder race for the PASAB weekend. PASAB starts from Penzance with a night race to St Marys followed by a race round the islands and a race back to Penzance.

Visit the website where you can submit your entry to the whole series to receive a big discount, or individual races. There are IRC and Byron classes and prizes for two handed boats in both.

A full list of race dates and the 2017 Coastal Series Notice Of Race can also be downloaded from the site, www.cogsracing.org.uk