70 boats expected

A preview to this weekend's MeesPierson Yachting IRC Championship

Thursday June 17th 2004, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
Around 70 yachts are expected to take part in the MeesPierson Yachting IRC Championship - the inshore series organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Starting in Cowes, Isle of Wight on Friday 18 June, the series will consist of eight inshore races finishing on Sunday 20 June.

The Championship attracts the very best of the IRC racing fleet, and this year it has the added spice of being one of the events being watched by the selectors for the GBR teams for the forthcoming Rolex Commodores’ Cup. Amongst those trying to catch the selector’s eye are Kit Hobday’s Farr 52 Bear of Britain which was top boat in the inshore trials and Nick Jones’ First 40.7 Tarka which was the overall winner of the recent Myth of Malham Trophy - the offshore trial event. Other boats to watch who are hoping for a place in the GBR teams include Peter Rutter’s Elan 37 Quokka, Shaun Frohlich’s IMX 45 Exabyte III, and Jerry Otter’s IMX40 Exabyte II, all of which did well in last week’s Myth of Malham Race.

In Class Zero, up to six Ker 11.3s will be battling it out, including Nick Hartshorn in El Gringo and Robbie Cameron-Davies in I-Site, along with Adam Gosling’s First 44.7 Yes!, Mike Greville’s DK46 Erivale and Richard Matthews’s Corby 50 Flirt. In IRC Class 1, Nick Jones’ Tarka is racing 3 other 40.7s with Pete Newlands' Anticipation, Paul and Joanna Dentskevich’s Euphorix and Nick Lutte’s Shockwave. The Seaquest 36 Tundra owned by Donald Sharp and Kathleen McCormac and sailing in Class 1, has probably travelled the furthest to the Championships as her base port is on the Clyde. A numerically strong Class 2 includes three HOD 35s and four J/109s. Class 3 has two notable overseas entries with the French X312 Exile owned by Nicolas de la Fourniere and Giovanni Belgrano in his 1939 Laurent Giles design Whooper.

Two of the strong Irish Rolex Commodores’ Cup team, Colm Barrington’s new Ker 39 Flying Glove and Eamon Crosbie’s Ker 32 Voodoo Chile will be measuring themselves up against the GBR hopefuls.

Alex McBarnet Yacht Manager of MeesPierson Yachting commented: "MeesPierson Yachting are delighted to be sponsoring the IRC Championship and working alongside the RORC again for the second year running following the success of the 2003 event. We look forward to some competitive and exciting racing but most of all hope that everyone involved, whether racing, organising or simply spectating, have a great time."

“We are very grateful for MeesPierson Yachting’s sponsorship of the 2004 IRC Championships which has attracted a very strong fleet of many of the top IRC boats and crews.” said Peter Wykeham-Martin, RORC General Manager.

Yachts will be competing for the RORC IRC Championship Trophy, as well as Class prizes and RORC Medallions. A Final prizegiving ceremony will be held after racing on Sunday afternoon in Cowes Yacht Haven. There will also be a Pimms Party at the Royal Yacht Squadron Pavilion on Saturday with complimentary Pimms provided by MeesPierson Yachting, followed by the day’s prizegiving.

Entries

Yacht Class TCC Crew Owner Type
Bear of Britain SZ 1.315 18 Kit Hobday & Tim Louis Farr 52
Erivale Z 1.207 15 Mike Greville DK 46
Swantastic Z 1.188 15 Grant Gordon/Klaus Diederichs Swan 45
Minx Z 1.171 13 Andrew Ritchie & Alex Thomson Corby 41
I-Site Z 1.158 10 Robbie Cameron-Davies Ker 11.3
Exabyte III Z 1.156 15 Shaun Frohlich IMX 45
El Gringo Z 1.156 10 Nick Hartshorn Ker 11.3
Kerisma Z 1.156 10 Stephen Bromley Ker 11.3
Blue Belle Z 1.154 10 Michael Cover Ker 11.3
Eclipse VII Z 1.111 12 Doug Hassell Humphreys 12m
Charley J 1 1.088 12 Charles Ivill J 120
Freckles 1 1.085 12 Mike & Ann Riley J 120
Bare Knuckles 1 1.083 10 Robert Gateshill Prima 38
Tundra 1 1.079 9 Sharp & McCormac Seaquest 36
Magnum II 1 1.077 12 Andrew Pearce IMX 40
Anticipation 1 1.075 12 Peter Newlands First 40.7
Euphorix 1 1.073 12 Paul & Joanna Dentskevich First 40.7
Salvo 1 1.073 9 Peter Morton Sydney 36
Shockwave 1 1.071 12 Nick Lutte First 40.7
Tarka 1 1.069 12 Nick Jones First 40.7
Deuce 2 1.054 12 Martin Gee Elan 40
Sanguma 2 1.047 8 Chris Walmsley Ker 31
Barking Mad 2 1.045 12 Stuart Greenfield Swan 40
Voodoo Chile 2 1.044 8 Eamon Crosbie Ker 32
Malice 2 1.04 9 Michael J Moxley HOD 35
Quokka 2 1.039 9 Peter Rutter Elan 37
Jeronimo 2 1.038 9 Jonathan & Lisa Goring J 109
Capitali$m 2 1.037 9 Tim Harrington HOD 35
Carpetbagger 2 1.036 9 Michael Ronson HOD 35
Civils with Flair 2 1.032 9 Jim Macgregor Elan 37
Jumunu 2 1.028 9 Alistair Ray J 109
Timberland One Life 2 0.999 9 Jeremy Baker SunFast 37
Glide-X 2 0.999 8 I M Dawson X 332
Scarlet Jester 2 0.997 8 Jamie Muir SJ 320
Gauntlet of Tamar 2 0.995 10 Royal Naval Sailing Association Sigma 38
Leo Lady 3 0.961 9 Graham Nixon Sigma 362
Software Mistress 3 0.956 9 Ian Maclean Sigma 362
Exile 3 0.924 8 Nicolas de la Fourniere X 312
Whooper 3 0.909 12 Giovanni Belgrano One off
Sareema 3 0.898 8 Robert McLeod Fulmar
White Mischief 3 0.888 8 Andy Hind & Mark Harris Hanse 291
Too Steamy X 1.175 12 Nick & Anne Haigh Farr 40
Highlife X 1.158 10 Peter John Rogers Ker 11.3
Minnie The Moocher X 1.158 10 Anthony Richards Ker 11.3
El Syd X 1.141 12 Ian McKinney Sydney 41
Yes! X 1.107 14 Adam Gosling First 44.7
Panther X 1.102 9 James Stableford Mumm 36
Maverick 2 X 1.095 12 Dominic Chappell IMX 40
Exabyte 2 X 1.094 12 Jerry Otter IMX 40
White Knuckles X 1.085 10 Mervyn Hughes Prima 38
Closing Time X 1.08 10 David Riley Prima 38
Leopard X 1.067 10 Philippe Falle Reflex 38
Eximius X 1.054 12 Paul Fuller X 412
Steady Barker X 1.034 10 Michael Brough Bavaria 38
Beth of Fivestar X 1.032 9 Guy Knight J 109
High Tension X 1.032 9 A Greenwood J 109
Reckless Rat X 1.001 8 Tom Peters X 332
Scarlett O'Hara X 0.993 9 David and Michael Rider Sun Fast 37
Zebedee X 0.993 9 Bill Howard Sunfast 37
Great Scot II X 0.986 8 Eurof Phillips & Barbara Mackay Adams 10
Tsunami X 0.87 7 Roger Patrick Swinney Bolero T/R
Flirt X 0 0 Richard Matthews Corby 50
Passion X 0 0 Paul Jones Elan 40
Disco Inferno X 0 0 Matt Abbiss First 47.7
Flying Glove X 0 0 Colm Barrington Ker 39
Skip Jack X 0 Fenton Burgin Kerr 11.3

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