Big winds take their toll

A report from day two of RORC MeesPierson IRC Championship in Cowes

Sunday June 5th 2005, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
Grey skies, big breeze and white horses were served up for the second day of the RORC's MeesPierson IRC Championship. Wind constantly over 20 knots and gusting to over knots was the order of the day and many of the competing yachts suffered gear failure or sail damage.

Winning in big breeze is all about keeping the mistakes to a minimum and a big part of that is down to good boat preparation to avoid gear failure. Kit Hobday’s Bear of Britain was the only boat in class Super Zero to finish all three races and therefore leads by just one point from Patches who retired with minor gear failure. Bear of Britain now lead their class and are uncatchable with two races to go. Unfortunately the repairs to the TP52 will not be done in time for racing tomorrow as they want to make sure the yacht is in top condition for the delivery to Ireland to continue their campaign.

Patches' tactician Shirley Robertson commented: “although it is a shame that we have had to retire we have achieved a lot at the Championship. We are very happy with the boat speed and the overall design and are looking forward to the season ahead including the Rolex Fastnet Race in August.”

In IRC 0 Colm Barrington’s Ker 39 Flying Glove revelled in the conditions posting two bullets and would have had the hat trick except for a Z Flag infringement in Race 5. The Irish crew are often faced with this kind of weather back home and their experience seemed to pay off, the boat handling was smooth in the rough conditions save one wipe out downhill.

Jonathan and Lisa Goring’s J/133 Jeronimo had a consistent day with some cracking starts and are now tied with Tim Costello’s Mills 40 Tiamat for second place and either could catch Flying Glove tomorrow.

In the second race Jeronimo tore the luff of their number four headsail out of the bottom of the track the owner of Jeronimo, Jonathan Goring explained how they got out of that one: “We had to do the whole leg bare headed. However America’s Cup legend Ben Morrison-Jack was on board and with true Ossie grit, laced the No. Four to the headstay. We didn’t drop the jib until the end of Race 6, it was a bit full on to say the least but she is absolutely flying, especially upwind.”

In IRC1 Jerry Otter’s IMX 40 Exabyte 2 with a well-drilled crew came out top on the day and have stolen the overall lead in class from Eamonn Rohan’s Corby 35 Mustang Sally. Exabyte 2 posted two firsts and a second. However Lance Stevens' Bavaria Match 42 Sidney is still very much in contention just two points off the lead with two races to go.

IRC2 has Anthony O’Leary’s Corby 35 Antix extending their lead with three straight bullets but it was not easy for the sleek downhill flyer, especially in Race 4 where they overcame the main competition by just 35 seconds on corrected time. Peter Jackson and Gary Shaffur’s J/39 Assassin is lying in second place overall.

Shaffur commented: “I am praying for lighter winds tomorrow, we are carrying a 150% genoa which puts are rating up and we couldn’t use it today, we seem to have good pace downwind but to have a chance of catching the Irish lads we need less wind tomorrow.”

In IRC3, the love affair between David Pinner’s X332 Kiss and Adam Gosling’s Corby 29 Yes! has taken a very interesting twist with Gauntlet of Tamar crewed by the Royal Navy getting amongst the courting couple posting a first, second and fourth. Going into the last day Kiss looks to have the upper hand but if the Navy have another good day these three could swap overall positions.

Following racing today, a prize giving ceremony took place on the platform of the Royal Yacht Squadron where engraved glassware was awarded to winners of races from day one and two and Pimms was served compliments of MeesPierson.

Results:

Pos Boat Type Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
IRC SZ
1 Bear of Britain Farr 52 Kit Hobday 3 2 2 2 1 1 8
2 Patches TP 52 Eamon Conneely 1 1 1 5 5 5 13
3 Aera Ker 55 Nik Lykiardopulo 2 3 5 1 2 5 13
4 Oystercatcher XXV Oyster 72 Richard Matthews 4 4 3 3 5 5 19
IRC 0 
1 Flying Glove Ker 39 Colm Barrington 1 1 2 1 7 1 6
2 Jeronimo J 133 Jonathan & Lisa Goring 4 2 1 4 5 2 13
3 Tiamat Mills 40 Tim Costello (DMYC/DBSC) 2 6 4 3 1 3 13
4 Vespucci's Black Sheep First 44.7 Leo Clifford 3 3 6 5 2 5 18
5 Hawk Swan 45 Nigel Bramwell 6 9 3 8 19 19 45
6 Rebel Farr 45 David Franks / Duncan Morris 8 16 9 6 6 19 45
7 Eclipse VII Humphreys 12m Douglas & Clare Hassell 19 15 15 9 4 6 49
8 Exabyte III IMX 45 Shaun Frohlich 10 5 7 11 19 19 52
9 Erivale DK 46 Mike Greville 12 11 12 12 7 19 54
10 Kirribilli First 47.7 Doug Flynn 11 8 10 7 19 19 55
11 Okasama Marten 49 Nick Griffith 14 14 5 19 19 4 56
12 Shockwave DK 46 Nick Lutte 5 12 19 2 19 19 57
13 El Syd Sydney 41 Ian Mckinney 7 4 13 14 19 19 57
14 Fidessa-Fastwave DK 46 Chris Brown/Peter Harding 9 10 11 10 19 19 59
15 MarinersCove.ie Corby 41.5 David Dwyer 15 7 8 15 19 19 64
16 Creative Play Farr 40 H20 Yachting 13 13 14 13 19 19 72
17 Victric Farr 40 Tony de Mulder 19 19 19 19 19 19 95
17 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Ian Maclean 19 19 19 19 19 19 95
IRC 1
1 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Jerry Otter 3 1 3 1 2 1 8
2 Mustang Sally Corby 36 Eamonn Rohan 1 8 1 6 1 2 11
3 Sidney Bavaria 42 Lance Stevens 2 2 2 2 3 3 11
4 Longbow Prima 38 Army Sailing Association 8 3 5 3 7 8 26
5 Maverick 2 IMX 40 Dominic Chappell 4 7 4 7 4 18 26
6 Love Shack First 40.7 Tim Spalding 9 5 8 4 6 5 28
7 Mankie IMX 40 Jack Pringle 6 11 9 5 5 4 29
8 Serendip Prima 38 Paul King 10 4 6 8 8 6 32
9 Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr 6 6 7 18 18 18 55
10 Meta Baron IMX 40 Sean Hurst 14 14 12 18 9 7 56
11 Salvo Mumm 30 Peter Morton 11 10 11 9 18 18 59
12 Circus Sequest 36 Andrew Webster 12 13 10 13 18 18 66
13 Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 7 9 19 15 18 18 67
14 Oz Privateer Prima 38 Don Kennedy 13 12 18 12 18 18 73
15 Gusto IV Prima 38 Andrew Hinton-Lever 18 18 18 11 10 18 75
16 White Knuckles Prima 38 Mervyn Hughes 18 18 18 10 18 18 82
17 Lowly Worm Swan 46 John Dean 18 18 18 14 18 18 86
IRC 2
1 Antix Corby 36 Anthony O Leary 2 7 1 1 1 1 6
2 Assassin J 39 Peter Jackson/Gary Shaffur 1 1 3 2 4 3 10
3 Quokka Elan 37 Peter Rutter 5 2 4 5 3 2 16
4 Flair IV Elan 40 Nicola & Lucy Macgregor 6 5 2 4 6 4 21
5 Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 9 6 7 3 2 15 27
6 Jumunu J 109 Alistair Ray 10 4 6 8 5 5 28
7 Carpetbagger HOD 35 Michael Ronson 3 9 9 15 7 8 36
8 Puma Logic Reflex 38 Sailing Logic 15 3 5 15 8 7 38
9 Ex Rollox X 362 Diarmid de Burgh-Milne 4 8 8 6 15 15 41
10 Malice HOD 35 Mike Moxley 7 13 13 10 9 6 45
11 White Knight of Wessex HOD 35 James Neville 11 11 10 10 15 15 57
12 Kimanchee Eve Ker 32 Mark Franklin 8 10 12 15 15 15 60
13 Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford 13 12 14 9 15 15 63
14 Beth of Five Star J 109 Guy Knight 12 14 11 15 15 15 67
IRC 3
1 Kiss X 332 David Pinner 2 1 1 1 4 1 5.5
2 Yes! Corby 29 Adam Gosling 2 2 3 6 2 3 12
3 Gauntlet Of Tamar Sigma 38 Royal Navy Sailing Association 7 5 2 3 1 2 13
4 Parallel Universe Impala 28 Gorman/Williams/Pybus 4 6 8 2 3 4 19
5 Sareema Westerly Fulmar Robert McLeod 6 7 6 11 5 5 29
6 Eric the Barbarian Bavaria 35 Derek Blancké 5 3 4 7 11 11 30
7 Respect Corby 29 Tom Brennan 3 4 5 11 11 11 34
8 Revolution XXI Evolution 32 Kevin Downer 9 8 7 4 6 11 34
9 Leo Lady Sigma 362 Graham Nixon 8 11 9 5 11 11 44
10 Juneau J 105 Mike West 11 11 11 11 7 11 51

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