In the bag for Bear

Final report and overall results from the MeesPierson Yachting IRC Championship Trophy PLUS full results

Monday June 21st 2004, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
Bear of Britain were announced overall winners today of the MeesPierson Yachting IRC Championship Trophy, consolidating her lead in the series with 12 points after competing in eight races over the three day regatta. Racing consistently well in the Championship, Jonathan and Lisa Goring’s J/109 Jeronimo were also awarded the Jackdaw Trophy at the overall prizegiving ceremony held after racing today in Cowes Yacht Haven.

It was another exciting and challenging day out on the water with racing taking place in the Western Solent when predicted winds of around 250deg along with heavy showers came true. The first race of the day got underway in a strong easterly tide with a 10 knot breeze and a number of moveable marks were laid to get the racing off to a good start. With about 25-30deg of port end bias, the boats were tempted down to the far end of the line and were evenly distributed.

However, around midday a vicious squall came through bringing rain and winds gusting to over 30 knots, causing some problems out on the race course. By the last race of the day, the tide had turned and several more squalls came through causing Panther, the Mumm 36 in IRC1 to lose her mast on the last downwind leg of the course. She broached into Passion who carried her forestay away as they parted. She was assisted by the Venturers Rescue Service and another boat went to help recover the mast. A medical emergency also occurred on board Leo Lady in IRC3 after an crew member suffered an eye injury caused by a shackle and they were aided by the Hamble Lifeboat.

In the first race for IRC0 Yes! was over the line at the start but rapidly dipped back and did not suffer a penalty with Flag ‘P’ flying. The remainder of the class got away without incident and I-Site managed a first place ahead of Bear of Britain and El Gringo after a good race, however the wind was then beginning to swing right causing some bias on the line.

Racing in IRC1, Magnum started close to the ODM taking a fourth place in the race although the majority of boats in the same class favoured the committee boat end despite their being a 15deg bias on the line to encourage boats out into the tide. Tundra led their class in this race closely followed by Tarka, Exabyte 2 and Magnum II.

The smaller boats in the fleet in IRC2 and IRC3 bunched up at the committee boat end of the line to keep out of the fast running tide and most boats short tacked up the mainland shore to keep out of the tide. Jeronimo led the fleet in IRC2 followed by Voodoo Chile and Civils with Flair but and it was Software Mistress who had a good start in IRC3 taking a third position. However, Whooper continued to consolidate her lead and stay ahead of Exile.

A thunder storm and heavy squalls in the last half of the race with heavy rain and winds up to 31 knots caused a number of boats to experience difficulty in the challenging conditions.

For the last race in the Championship, the tide had turned and the first boats set off in a gentle leeward going tide. In IRC0 El Gringo seemed late to the line but went on to take a good start as they hoisted their genoa while crossing the start line although only managed a 9th position with Minx taking the lead followed by Bear, I-Site and Exabyte III.

The squall came through for IRC1 and there were two boats over the line - Salvo and Shockwave. However, they both make a rapid return to the start and incurred a 20% penalty. Exabyte 2 finished in first place with close racing between Bare Knuckles, Tundra and Magnum II.

In IRC2 there was a general recall due to the majority of the fleet misjudging the fast turning tide and thus going over the line at the start. A ‘Z’ flag was flown giving a 20% penalty and all but four boats were penalised. The class re-started again at the end of the sequence and a Black flag was hoisted giving a clear start. Quokka led their class in this race with Capitali$m in second place and a third for Voodoo Chile followed by Jeronimo.

With the wind still swinging both ways, it was decided to move the line for the remainder of the classes and IRC3 completed the final race in extremely squally conditions finishing in 25 knots of wind which was enough to cause several incident and boats to struggle with their spinnakers. White Mischief took a lead in the final race over Great Scot II and Whooper in third place but it was Whooper, Giovanni Belgrano’s Laurent Giles design who took first place in class at the end of the Championship, with White Mischief in second and Exile third overall.

After a great regatta and three days of highly competitive racing for all the fleet, the RYA selectors for the GBR team for the forthcoming Rolex Commodores’ Cup had seen the hopeful teams perform in a variety of conditions which should help make their final decision in the next few days.It was also a good opportunity for the Irish team to compete against their potential GBR competitors.

IRC SZ an Z:

Boat Owner Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 Bear of Britain Farr52 Kit Hobday / Tim Louis 12 3 1 1 1 16 2 2 2
2 Flying Glove Ker 39 Colm Barrington 25 4 2 3 2 7 1 7 6
3 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn 33 1 4 7 6 20 3 3 9
4 I-Site Ker 11.3 Robbie Cameron-Davies 35 6 6 6 4 16 9 1 3
5 Flirt Corby 50 Richard Matthews 41 7 3 2 8 14 4 9 8
6 Yes! First 44.7 Adam Gosling 41 2 5 5 5 8 5 13 11
7 Minx Corby 41 Andrew Ritchie & Alex Thomson 46 5 10 9 10 10 1 14 1
8 Exabyte III IMX 45 Shaun Frohlich 46 8 8 4 3 11 21 8 4
9 Swantastic Swan 45 Grant Gordon/Klaus Diederichs 58.5 14 13 8 7 4.5 6 6 16
10 Minnie The Moocher Ker 11.3 Anthony Richards 63 9 9 12 9 6 13 20 5
11 Erivale DK 46 Mike Greville 65.5 13 7 11 11.5 17.5 7 4 12
12 Highlife Ker 11.3 Peter John Rogers 69 10 12 10 13 10 10 10 7
13 Too Steamy Farr 40 Nick & Anne Haigh 80.5 20 15 15 15 4.5 16 5 10
14 Eclipse VII Humphreys 12m Doug Hassell 82.5 20 16 13 11.5 7 8 12 15
15 El Syd Sydney 41 Ian McKinney 93 16 17 18 17 1 11 20 13
16 Skip Jack Kerr 11.3 Fenton Burgin 97 15 18 17 14 9 14 11 17
17 Kerisma Ker 11.3 Stephen Bromley 103 11 11 14 20 19 18 16 14
18 Blue Belle Ker 11.3 Michael Cover 109 12 14 20 16 20 12 15 20
19 Disco Inferno 2 First 47.7 Matt Abbiss 125.5 20 19 16 18 17.5 15 20 20

IRC 1:

Boat Type of Boat Owner Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 Bare Knuckles Prima 38 Robert Gateshill 21 4 1 4 8 4 1 5 2
2 Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 21 1 2 2 5 3 6 4 4
3 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Jerry Otter 22 2 4 5 1 6 9 3 1
4 Tundra Seaquest 36 Sharp & McCormac 23 7 5 6 2 2 4 1 3
5 Salvo Sydney 36 Peter Morton 33 6 3 3 6 1 5 9 9
6 Tarka First 40.7 Nick Jones 38 3 18 17 3 5 3 2 5
7 Euphorix First 40.7 Paul & Joanna Dentskevich 45 5 8 8 11 7 2 8 7
8 Maverick 2 IMX 40 Dominic Chappell 51 13 6 1 7 8 10 7 12
9 White Knuckles Prima 38 Mervyn Hughes 69 11 7 7 9 11 7 17 17
10 Leopard Reflex 38 Formula 1 Sailing 72 10 12 9 10 12 11 14 8
11 Shockwave First 40.7 Nick Lutte 73 17 17 17 4 9 8 6 12
12 Freckles J 120 Mike & Ann Riley 73 9 9 10 12 13 12 11 10
13 Charley J J 120 Charles Ivill 82 12 11 12 14 10 13 13 11
14 Closing Time Prima 38 David Riley 92 15 10 11 13 14 17 12 17
15 Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford 98 14 13 17 15 15 14 10 17
16 Anticipation First 40.7 Peter Newlands 110 8 17 17 17 17 17 17 17

IRC 2:

Boat Type of Boat Owner Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 Jeronimo J 109 Jonathan & Lisa Goring 16 3 4 2 3 1 2 1 7
2 Voodoo Chile Ker 32 Eamon Crosbie 22 2 3 5 2 2 6 2 6
3 Quokka Elan 37 Peter Rutter 24 1 2 7 6 4 1 8 3
4 Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington 30.5 8 7 1 1 5.5 7 5 4
5 Civils with Flair Elan 37 Jim Macgregor 32 5 5 3 4 7 5 3 13
6 Glide-X X 332 I M Dawson 38 4 8 4 5 3 8 6 24
7 Passion Elan 40 Paul Jones 40.5 7 1 6 9 5.5 3 9 24
8 Reckless Rat X 332 Tom Peters 57 6 6 8 13 8 4 12 24
9 Carpetbagger HOD 35 Michael Ronson 66.5 9 24 9 7 15 9.5 7 10
10 Deuce Elan 40 Martin Gee 79 13 12 14 24 11 14 4 11
11 Malice HOD 35 Michael J Moxley 80 12 9 12 8 13 25 10 16
12 Gauntlet of Tamar Sigma 38 Royal Naval Sailing Association 86 14 11 16 19 9 13 11 12
13 Barking Mad Swan 40 Stuart Greenfield 87.5 11 10 11 17 18 9.5 14 15
14 Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 90 10 16 10 12 20 15 15 12
15 Eximius X 412 Paul Fuller 106 15 14 13 10 19 11 24 24
16 Scarlett O'Hara Sun Fast 37 David and Michael Rider 110 17 24 15 20 16 12 16 14
17 Jumunu J 109 Alistair Ray 114 16 13 19 14 17 20 17 18
18 Timberland One Life SunFast 37 Jeremy Baker 116 18 15 17 16 14 18 18 24
19 Doris J of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 127 24 24 24 11 12 19 13 24
20 High Tension J 109 H20 Yachting 131 24 24 18 15 10 16 24 24
21 Scarlet Jester SJ 320 Jamie Muir 141 19 17 20 21 21 24 19 24
22 Steady Barker Bavaria 38 Michael Brough 153 24 24 24 18 22 17 24 24
23 Zebedee Sunfast 37 Bill Howard 165 24 24 24 22 23 24 24 24

IRC 3:

Boat Type of Boat Owner Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
1 Whooper One off Giovanni Belgrano 11 3 2 2 2 1 1 3
2 White Mischief Hanse 291 Andy Hind & Mark Harris 16 1 1 4 5 4 5 1
3 Exile X 312 Nicolas de la Fourniere 16 2 3 1 3 5 2 6
4 Software Mistress Sigma 362 Ian Maclean 26 4 9 3 1 8 3 7
5 Sareema Fulmar Robert McLeod 29 6 4 6 7 3 6 4
6 Great Scot II Adams 10 Eurof Phillips & Barbara Mackay 31 5 5 9 8 2 9 2
7 Tsunami Bolero T/R Roger Patrick Swinney 35 7 6 7 4 6 7 5
8 Leo Lady Sigma 362 Graham Nixon 37 8 7 5 6 7 4 9

Latest Comments

Add a comment - Members log in

Tags

Latest news!

Back to top
    Back to top