• 2024 Sailing Instructions now available

    The Sailing Instructions for the 2024 edition of the Shanghai Cup Bristol Channel IRC Championships and Nimrod Cup are now accessible on the Race Documents page of this website.

    If you haven’t entered yet, then you need to get your entry in soon, as there is only 2 weeks until the first weekend in portishead.

  • 2024 Entry now OPEN!

    The entry form for the 2024 Shanghai & Nimrod Cups is anow available on the website at: https://www.shanghaicup.co.uk/race-entry/

  • Notice of Race 2024

    The Notice of Race for the 2024 edition of the Shanghai & Nimrod Cup – Bristol Channel IRC Championships is now released, and live on this website.

    You can view the NoR on the Race Documents page.

    Entries will hopefully be open some time this week.

  • Change of SI’s #1 – Nimrod Cup Discards

    Visit the Race Documents page for the latest version of the Sailing Instructions

  • Skippers Welcome!

    Good afternoon Skippers!

    Welcome to the Shanghai & Nimrod Cup – Bristol Channel IRC Championships 2023.

    You can download and read the the Skippers Welcome HERE , which is a document that details lots of extremely useful and essential information you will need for participating in this years event. This was emailed out to all skipper emails.

    This information is also available on our website under Race information.

    You will also find a lot of other extremely useful information on there, such as the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions – which are in the Race Documents page, along with other important race links.

    While you may receive information about the event by Email, Whatsapp or Facebook, official race communications (such as change of SI’s etc) will be posted to the Official notice Board on the website.

    Don’t forget that you need to supply us with a copy of your IRC certificate. The cutoff date for the certificate is 1 June 2023.

    Lastly, we’re on the hunt for anyone who wants to support us by being a sponsor for the event. we already have a few, but more is better.

    Any queries or questions, feel free to get in touch.

    Tim & Anthony

  • Shanghai Cup – May Update

    We’re almost there!

    Today, the Sailing instructions for the 2023 Shanghai & Nimrod Cups have gone live, and can be accessed on the Race Documents page. Also on that page is the Notice of Race, Conditions of Entry and other forms and links to rules etc.

    An addition to the Sailing Instructions this year is Appendix 1, which has a list of fixed marks that may be used during the event and their positions. Remember we will also be using laid marks at times.

    Information on arrivals/departures at the events, locking info, social activities etc will be released later this week.

    See you in three weeks!

  • Shanghai Cup March Update!

    Time is marching on, and the 2023 Shanghai & Nimrod Cups are getting ever closer. The Shanghai Cup Bristol Channel Championships is held over two weekends (10/11 and 24/25 June) with the Nimrod Cup taking place on the second weekend (24/25 June) as well.

    A reminder that the Early Bird offer for entries ends on Friday 31 March. If you haven’t entered yet, please get your entries in early as it helps is plan logistics etc for the event.

    Entries can be made at https://www.shanghaicup.co.uk/race-entry/

    Cardiff Weekend Info

    Also, an update on the Cardiff weekend (24/25 June). The Cardiff Triathlon is taking place on the Sunday of that weekend. The only impact on the event is that vehicle access to the club is restricted on the Sunday morning between 05:15 and 10:30. After a meeting with the organisers, the plan is that we will have access to the Toys R Us Car Park for competitors to park in, then walk down to the club from there.

    The race is not going all the way across Cardiff Barrage, so the locks & bridges will be operating as per normal, all weekend.

  • Shanghai Cup Entry – NOW LIVE!

    Entry for the 2023 Shanghai Cup – Bristol Channel IRC Championships & Nimrod Cup is now open, with early bird fees applicable until 31 March 2023.

    The full fees table and entry form can be found at www.shanghaicup.co.uk/race-entry/

    The Notice of Race, as well as other documents can be found at www.shanghaicup.co.uk/race-documents/

    If you wish to advertise the Cups, then the below poster can be distributed, or printed and displayed at your club etc.


    Dates for the 2023 Shanghai Cup – Bristol Channel IRC Championships are confirmed.

    See you in Portishead on the weekend of the 10th and 11th June 2023, and Cardiff on the 24th and 25th June 2023.

    Now is the time to suggest any improvements you’d like to see. We’ve already had a few great ideas that we will be hoping to integrate into the format.

    These can be emailed to us at info@shanghaicup.co.uk by our Whatsapp group or via our Facebook Group.

    See in 2023!

  • Protest Decisions

    The Protest Committee has reached their decisions regarding the four protests raised today during Race 9 (Race 3 of Sat 21 May).

    The race results have been updated to reflect these decisions, and the decisions themselves can be seen below:

  • Protest Hearing Schedule – Sat 21 May

    Please see below the Protest Schedule for today.

  • Cardiff Social Activities

    Good evening racers,

    We have just concluded a very productive meeting with the Bar Manager and Head Chef at the club and have some information regarding the social side of this weekend’s Shanghai & Nimrod Cup.


    As always, the biggest challenge is going to be dealing with an influx of people at the same time. They wish to pass their thanks on to everyone who has submitted breakfast orders. They have requested where possible for orders to be collected and paid for by a representative of the boat in bulk or groups, rather than individuals, to ensure that maximum efficiency can be maintained. Collections are between 7:30 and 08:00.

    They would also request that any CBYC club cards (visitors and members) top up their cards while collecting breakfast to help with the rush to the bar after racing.

    In order to help with the post-race rush for liquid refreshments, they will also be opening the lower floor bar to help ease waiting times.

    The BBQ on Saturday will run from 13:30 to 17:00. Hot dogs are expected to be priced at £1.50, and burgers £2.50. This includes potato salad and coleslaw. Veggie options will be available of course. Please pay for any BBQ orders in the downstairs bar and take the receipt to the chef at the BBQ station outside to collect your food.

    Ice creams and sweets are also available, so please feel free to invite families and friends.

    Anyone planning to eat in the club on Saturday evening can do so from the full menu (see board in bar for details and availability) from 18:00. The kitchen will be closed between 17:00 and 18:00.


    For breakfast, the request is that orders are again collected/paid for in bulk/groups. Collections are between 08:30 and 09:00.

    Anyone fancying a Sunday roast has the opportunity to book directly with the bar on 02920 226575. The booking will need to be made by 15:00 on Friday. The bar will not be accepting walk-ins on Sunday.

    The inclusive hot buffet (probably sausage, chips and curry sauce) will be out from 15:00 to 16:00 on Sunday. We hope to start the presentation as soon as possible for all those planning to come along. 

    We have a provisional date for next year with the first weekend in Portishead falling on a bank holiday. They are fantastic tides that will allow a longer window for racing and a more time to recover from hangovers but I’d like to gauge interest in whether a bank holiday weekend makes it more difficult to arrange crew etc. Please talk through with crews and let us know feedback over the weekend.

    Think that’s it.

    See you on the water

    The organising committee

  • Important Cardiff Information

    Almost the weekend and the climax to the 2022 BC IRC Champions incorporating the Shanghai Cup, we need a shorter name next year. . . .

    I’m still wating on breakfast orders from some boats, please make sure they are in by Wednesday evening.

    All vessels entered into the Shanghai or Nimrod Cups that are non-resident to CBYC have been granted temporary membership for the duration of the event. This means that skippers are able to obtain a CBYC members card valid for the duration of the event. This card will allow access through the pedestrian gates and to the building, and also entitles the holder to 10% off drinks orders. There is a £10 refundable deposit for each card. The card can then be topped up at the bar in order to make use of the 10% discount.

    If you let us know via the info@shanghaicup.co.uk email address, Tim will have the cards, and will provide them to skippers on payment of the £10 deposit to him. When you are done with the card, you can return it to Tim for a return of the deposit.

    To make life easier on the barstaff, and reduce queues at the bar, we request that cbyc members add money to their club cards on the run up to the weekend (i.e. tonight), or at Saturday breakfast.


    The organising committee

    Other information concerning the Cardiff Weekend is available at Cardiff Weekend Information

  • SI Amendment

    Addition to Sailing Instructions:

    Add to section 10: Time Limits

    10.4 For the passage race, a time limit of 3 hours

  • Postponement

    Due to locking times and the wind , AP is currently up, and our 10.30 start has been postponed.

    All boats are to lock out as arranged to be ready for racing as soon as we can.