Wind disappears

For final day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge

Sunday April 11th 2004, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
Crews racing on Easter Sunday in the 13th Red Funnel Easter Challenge were once again faced with very little or no wind for the third and final day of the regatta. All classes in the fleet got underway on a windward mark off Ryde Bank for race 5 in the series, the first race of the day. With only a light north easterly 2-3 knot breeze, the race was shortened for some of the classes resulting in a handful of finishers in IRC1 and IRC2 and unfortunately abandonment for those racing in IRC 3.

Eventually the wind filled in from the south west and reached just over 7 knots so Jamie Wilkinson, the RORC's Chief Race Officer set a course for the last race of the regatta starting off a mark at Royal Southern and taking the fleet onto the Hill Head plateau once again to reduce the effect of the tide. As the fleet approached their windward marks on the Knoll, the conditions during the race went extremely light but the fleet managed to finish the course, although at one stage 2XL, Dave Murrin's Farr 40 and Bear of Britain kedged for just a short while. The Europrix 45 Wolf sailed up to the finish line well, although in IRM1 it was Atomic, another Europrix who rounded the windward mark first.

Some boats however performed extremely well in these light conditions. These included Bob Fisher's Mumm 36 Zzing and Doug Hassell's Humphreys 12m Eclipse VII, whose large headsail enabled them to keep going in the light airs, with other boats in the fleet still struggling as the wind died.

Kit Hobday and his crew on the Farr 52 Bear of Britain competing with the big boats in IRC Super Zero and Zero had a good start to the day, winning race five but developed problems in the final race. This allowed Minnie the Moocher, Anthony Richards' Ker 11.3 to take pole position in race six, closely followed by Eclipse VII in second place. However Bear of Britain went on to collect prizes at this afternoon's prizegiving as overall
winners in IRC Super Zero and Zero, holding onto their lead with 16 points in the series.

Shaun Frohlich's Exabyte III in the same class, continued to improve their form on the race course and took second place overall, followed by Minnie the Moocher in third.

In IRC1, Edd Clayson & John Gimson's Mumm 30 won race five today but were not so successful in the last race, with a seventh position in the fleet. By the time of the prizegiving, they also had a change of boat name to Media Networks International and proceeded to take first place overall in their class. Although closely followed in second place for race 5 by Dominic Chappell's IMX40 Maverick 2, Nick Jones' First 40.7 Tarka won the final race and took second place overall in IRC1, followed by Jerry Otter's IMX 40 Exabyte 2.

In IRC2, one boat performed consistently throughout the regatta, the Irish Ker 32 owned by Eamon Crosbie, Voodoo Chile. They retained their lead, winning the last five races and thus securing first place overall, giving them a 21 point series lead over the Jonathan & Lisa Goring's J/109 Jeronimo, who were second overall followed by Peter Scholfield's HOD 35 in third. Last year's winners for this class, Capitali$m raced by Tim Harrington also had a good last race, with a fourth place bringing them fourth position overall.

In IRC3, with only one race today, Ian Maclean's Software Mistress, the Sigma 362 was first overall, followed by Sareema, Robert McLeod's Fulmar and Terry Rowe's Corby 25, Drakes Drum who are based locally in Cowes.

In the IRM1 fleet, Peter Morton & Adrian Stead's Europrix 45 Atomic held the lead with an overall class win although racing was close with I-Site the Ker 11.3 who won the final race of the day but second place overall. In third overall, Glynn Williams Europrix 45 Wolf also had a good regatta with two first places in race 3 and 4 and a third on the final race of the day.

The two Mumm 36s racing in IRM2 saw a good performance from Bob Fisher's Zzing, winning both races today and with 10 series points, only two points behind the overall class winners, Simon Henning's Alice.

Once all the boats were safely back in Cowes Yacht Haven, the overall prizegiving ceremony for the regatta was held. After a successful three-day regatta, the crews of the winning boats from today's two races were presented with the customary Easter egg prizes. Overall winners in all classes were then awarded engraved decanters by the RORC and prizes from the regatta sponsors presented by Director of Red Funnel Group Ltd, Wiet Stokhuyzen, who commented: "We are delighted to be associated with this long-running regatta and support it as part of our on-going commitment to sailing. The regatta has been a great success and we hope it will provide an auspicious start to a new seasons racing."

The Red Funnel Easter Challenge Prix d'Elegance Trophy will be awarded to Adam Gosling's brand new First 44.7 Yes! at the RORC's Annual Dinner in London.

Complimentary drinks during the presentation were courtesy of Red Funnel Ferries and certainly encouraged a large number of competitors to attend the final ceremony before heading off back to their home port for the remainderof the Easter holiday.

Summing up the regatta this year, RORC's Racing Manager, Janet Grosvenor said: "The light conditions this Easter have made it extremely challenging for the Chief Race Officer to set courses over the past few days but we have managed to get in some good racing and once again the crews and boats have used this regatta as a shakedown for the busy RORC racing season ahead.

This particular regatta has been running now for 13 years and we have gradually seen the level and standard of racing within the fleet rise. Primarily a running regatta with a strong emphasis on fun, we now see more and more of the strong competitive edge of racing coming through. For this reason, this year we decided to provide an additional coach and Eddie Warden Owen was out on the water with Jim Saltonstall and Barry Dunning. The post race debrief analysis sessions once again proved extremely popular with competitors."

More photos on the following pages

Results

Pos
Boat Type Owner
Tot
IRM1
1
Atomic Europrix 45 Peter Morton & Adrian Stead
1
1
2
3
1
2
10
2
I-Site Kerr 11.3 Robbie Cameron Davies
3
3
3
2
2
1
14
3
Wolf Europrix 45 Glynn Williams
6
5
1
1
6
3
22
4
Rebel Europrix 45 David Franks & Duncan Morris
8
4
4
6
5
7
34
5
2XL Farr 40 David Murrin
12
2
5
5
4
8
36
6
Too Steamy Farr 40 Nick & Anne Haigh
5
9
6
4
8
4
36
7
El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn
2
7
8
8
9
5
39
8
Audacious Europrix 45 David Wadsworth
7
8
7
7
3
11
43
9
Blue Belle Ker 11.3 Michael Cover
4
10
10
9
10
6
49
10
Skip Jack Kerr 11.3 Fenton Bulgin / Alex Spring
12
6
9
10
7
9
53
IRM2
1
Alice Mumm 36 Simon Henning
1
1
1
1
2
2
8
2
Zzing Mumm 36 Bob Fisher
2
2
2
2
1
1
10
IRC SZ and Z
1
Bear of Britain Farr 52 Kit Hobday & Tim Louis
1
2
1
2
1
9
16
2
Exabyte III IMX 45 Shaun Frohlich
8
1
3
1
2
5
20
3
Minnie The Moocher Ker 11.3 Anthony Richards
2
10
2
3
7
1
25
4
Yes First 44.7 Adam Gosling
3
4
4
4
6
4
25
5
Minx Corby 41 Andrew Ritchie & Alex Thomson
7
3
6
5
4
3
28
6
Eclipse VII Humphreys 12m Doug Hassell
5
5
7
7
5
2
31
7
Kerisma Ker 11.3 Stephen Bromley
6
6
5
6
3
7
33
8
Hooligan V Max Fun 35 Edward Broadway
4
7
9
9
9
6
44
9
Mad Max Max 35 Andy Uren
10
8
8
8
8
8
50
IRC1
1
Media Networks International Mumm 30 Edd Clayson & John Gimson
1
4
4
4
1
6
20
2
Tarka First 40.7 Nick Jones
12
1
3
7
4
1
28
3
Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Jerry Otter
5
6
1
8
6
10
36
4
Salvo Sydney 36 Peter Morton
3
9
6
5
14
4
40.5
5
Shockwave First 40.7 Nick Lutte
11
2
9
3
14
3
41.5
6
Longbow Prima 38 Andersen/Smith ASA.
8
14
2
11
3
13
50.5
7
Maverick 2 IMX 40 Dominic Chappell
4
5
23
2
2
15
51
8
Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce
23
3
7
6
14
2
54.5
9
Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr
8
7
5
9
5
24
57.5
10
Mystery First 40.7 407 Racing
10
8
13
14
14
8
66.5
11
Offbeat Mumm 30 Ian Gill
2
11
17
16
14
9
68.5
12
Euphorix First 40.7 Paul & Joanna Dentskevich
14
10
15
1
23
12
75
13
Closing Time Prima 38 David Riley
15
19
11
12
14
7
77.5
14
Fat Diva Prima 38 Roger Lee
6
18
8
13
14
23
81.5
15
Meta Baron IMX 40 Sean Hurst & Ivan Fawcett
18
15
10
17
14
14
87.5
16
Playing Around First 40.7 Peter Robson
23
12
19
18
14
5
90.5
17
Leopard Reflex 38 Formula 1 Sailing
16
17
14
15
14
16
91.5
18
Serendip Prima 38 Paul King
13
13
12
10
23
23
94
19
Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford
9
20
18
20
14
23
104
20
Unruly First 40.7 Charles Bull
17
23
23
23
14
11
111
21
In X Celsis X 119 Peter Jones
23
16
16
19
14
23
111
22
Mankie IMX 40 Jack Pringle
23
23
23
23
14
23
129
IRC2
1
Voodoo Chile Ker 32 Eamon Crosbie
2
1
1
1
1
1
7
2
Jeronimo J 109 Jonathan & Lisa Goring
1
5
2
4
14
2
28
3
Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield
3
2
6
3
14
3
31
4
Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington
9
4
4
2
14
4
37
5
Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley
11
3
5
5
14
5
43
6
Kier Building with Flair Elan 40 Spinnaker Yachts
6
7
9
11
14
15
62
7
Jumunu J 109 Alistair Ray
4
13
13
7
14
13
64
8
X-To-Sea X 332 Steve Maine
8
10
8
15
14
12
67
9
Panache Elan 333 Spinnaker Yachts
7
9
18
9
14
11
68
10
Jo Jo Gunne J 109 Richard Creer
10
8
12
14
14
10
68
11
Festina Lente Sigma 38 Philip Meakins
15
11
10
12
14
8
70
12
White Knight of Wessex HOD 35 James Neville
28
6
15
6
14
6
75
13
Hazard Chase HOD 35 H20 Yachting
12
12
21
10
14
9
77.5
14
Malice HOD 35 Michael J Moxley
21
14
7
8
14
17
80.5
15
Gauntlet of Tamar Sigma 38 Royal Naval Sailing Association
16
15
3
16
14
20
84
16
Barking Mad Swan 40 Stuart Greenfield
5
16
11
28
14
19
93
17
Slingshot J 105 Shaun Murphy
13
22
17
13
14
14
93
18
Diablo - J J 105 Gary Fry & Nick Martin
19
21
16
18
14
18
106
19
Beth of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing
20
17
23
17
14
28
119
20
Dragonfly Too X 332 Mike Ridley
24
27
14
20
28
7
120
21
Bellerophon of Wight Sigma 38 Amanda Bradbeer
17
26
24
19
14
21
121
22
Zebedee Sunfast 37 Bill Howard
18
25
19
22
14
28
126
23
Scarlet Jester SJ 320 Jamie Muir
24
23
28
23
14
17
129
24
Parthia Lightwave 395 Andrew Scurr
14
18
28
28
14
28
130
25
Mustigo II Sigma 38 Stephen Scholefield
24
24
21
21
14
28
132
26
Brightwork W 30 Brenie Bingham
24
19
25
24
14
28
134
27
Minx 2 First 36.7 Johnathan Gardiner
24
20
22
28
14
28
136
IRC3
1
Software Mistress Sigma 362 Ian Maclean
3
1
1
1
2
8
2
Sareema Fulmar Robert McLeod
1
3
2
2
3
11
3
Drakes Drum Corby 25 Terry Rowe
4
4
3
4
1
16
4
Leo Lady Sigma 362 Graham Nixon
6
5
5
3
4
23
5
Evelyn R Elan 333 Rory Carter & Jon Yorke
2
2
8
5
7
24
6
Curved Air Impala David Sprague, Gareth Morris & Rob Mason
5
6
4
6
7
28

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