Chieftain comes out on top
Ger O’Rourke’s Cookson 50 Chieftain was the runaway winner but surprised many by also winning in light airs which should not have suited the yachts design compared to the other competitors.Ger O’Rourke commented after racing: “I have really enjoyed the event and having the opportunity to show what Chieftain can do. Most of the crew come from west of Ireland but we were very happy to have some local talent on board. It’s just a pity that we will not be racing in the Rolex Commodores’ Cup but I understand the reasons for that. We have grand plans for the season and will be heading off to race around Ireland shortly. When I started the campaign I was planning on doing a lot of offshore sailing but after this I will definitely be racing round the cans again.”
Second was Panthera owned by Benny Kelly and third in class Kit Hobday’s Bear of Britain.
Tim Costello had a big grin on his face and rightly so. Discarding a second in race 5, the team had a clean sweep of first places and not only won their class but the coveted RORC IRC Championship Trophy winning overall. The Mills 40 was one of the smallest boats in its class. Tim Costello explained how they managed to achieve such a perfect score line, particularly in heavy air against larger boats: “We seem to get off the line very well throughout the regatta and I was proud of the crew work, particularly on the corners. Having Mike Richards on board was a big help as he knows the boat and the Solent very well. Nearly all of the crew come from Crosshaven and I am sure that a few glasses will be raised in the Royal Cork tonight!”
Fair Do’s VII owned by John Shepherd was second in class, beating Colm Barrington’s Magic Glove into third.
More good news for Mark Mills as his 39ft design Marinerscove.ie owned by David Dwyer won a tense battle for the class. The result went right to the wire and after all eight races, they were level on points with Eamonn Rohan’s elegant Corby 37 Blondie. However, Marinerscove.ie had more first place results meaning victory and the Jackdaw Trophy for second place overall. It was real heartache for Blondie’s owner Eamonn Rohan as he was second in class last year.
In 3rd place was Conor and Denise Phelan’s Jump Juice.
Stephen and Benedict James’ Swan 48 Jacobite won their class - Jacobite was built in 1973 and while elegant on the eye, she is hard on the crew. They intend to compete in this year’s Rolex Swan Worlds and stand a very good chance in Porto Cervo. Anthony O’Leary’s Corby 35 Antix finished in second place while Ker 32 Checkmate owned by Mike MacCarthy was third.
Jackie Welch and Robert Dobson, with their Elan 333 Elusive had a close tussle with Michael Tattersall’s X-99 Electra. Going into the last race Elusive was ahead but by only two points. Electra managed to beat Elusive in the last race but not by enough. In third place was Roger Swinney’s Bolero Ayanami.
The Elan 33 Elusive had their first taste of RORC racing this year and it should be seen as a stunning performance to come to the Fortis IRC Championship and win their class at the first attempt and they were a hairs breadth from coming 2nd overall in all classes.
The overall standard of sailing was first class at the Fortis IRC Championship and it was exciting to see so many large high-tech yachts competing in the Solent. Also there were 26 designs from different architects or manufacturers out on the race course which shows IRC to be an effective rule for a wide range of boats.
A special thanks to the RORC Race Committee, many of whom are volunteers. Without their time and effort it would not be possible for the event to take place.
After racing, a final prizegiving was held in Cowes Yacht Haven where along with the day’s race winners, Tiamat was awarded the RORC IRC Championship Trophy and Marinerscove.ie the Jackdaw Trophy for 2nd overall.
Fortis IRC Championship - Provisional Overall Results (after 8 races):
|1||IRL5005||Chieftain||Cookson 50||Ger O Rourke||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||3||1.319||8|
|2||GBR1997L||Panthera||TP 52||Benny Kelly||1||2||3||2||3||3||2||1||1.346||14|
|3||GBR521R||Bear of Britain||Farr 52||Kit Hobday||3||4||2||3||2||2||3||2||1.32||17|
|4||GBR76R||Red||TP 52||Charles Dunstone||4||3||5||5||5||4||4||4||1.363||29|
|5||GBR52R||Chernikeeff 2||Farr 52||UK Sailing Academy||5||6||4||4||4||5||5||5||1.315||32|
|1||IRL12345||Tiamat||Mills 40||Tim Costello||1||1||1||1||2||1||1||1||1.142||7|
|2||GBR4601L||Fair Do's VII||Ker 46||John Shepherd||2||2||2||3||1||3||4||2||1.187||15|
|3||IRL50||Magic Glove||Ker 50||Colm Barrington||3||3||3||2||4||2||3||6||1.282||20|
|4||GBR5433R||Jammy Dodger||J133||Neil Martin||8||5||4||4||11||5||2||3||1.115||31|
|6||GBR236R||Erivale III||Ker 39||Mike Greville||6||8||5||8||11||12||8||5||1.12||51|
|7||GBR8448R||Steamy Rebel||Farr 45||Nick & Annie Haigh||4||16||7||7||5||8||10||12||1.235||53|
|8||GBR6612R||Decosol||First 47.7||Robert Bottomley||16||16||16||6||3||7||5||4||1.127||57|
|9||GBR998R||Cutting Edge||Farr 45||Robert Lutener/Martin Elwood||10||4||6||9||7||16||11||11||1.236||58|
|10||GBR1107L||Voodoo Doll||Ker 11.3||Sean Fellows & Simon Benest||9||7||9||10||10||9||6||10||1.157||60|
|11||GBR98R||Creative Play||Farr 40||H2O Yachting||16||16||8||11||12||11||9||9||1.184||76|
|12||GBR9419T||Windsong||Reichel Pugh 37||Huw Evans/Stuart Bowen-Davies||11||9||10||12||13||10||12||13||1.174||77|
|13||GBR2R||Fidessa Fastwave||DK 46||Chris Brown/Peter Harding||7||10||16||16||9||6||16||16||1.209||80|
|14||GBR447L||Vespuccis Black Sheep||First 44.7||Leo Clifford||16||16||16||13||14||13||13||8||1.117||93|
|15||GBR9640R||Predator of Wight||Murray 41||PNJ Enterprises||16||16||16||14||15||14||14||16||1.163||105|
|1||IRL39000||MARINERSCOVE.IE||Mills 39||David Dwyer||3||1||21||1||1||2||2||1||1.106||11|
|2||IRL3008||Blondie||Corby One||Eamonn Rohan||1||4||2||2||2||1||1||2||1.085||11|
|3||IRL2007||Jump Juice||Ker 37||Conor & Denise Phelan||2||2||1||6||21||5||3||3||1.1||22|
|4||GBR79R||Software Mistress||Ker 36||Ian Maclean||4||3||3||3||3||3||4||4||1.089||23|
|5||GBR8520R||Love Shack||First 40.7||Tim Spalding||13||7||8||4||9||4||5||5||1.066||42|
|6||GBR9308T||Seaquest||Seaquest 36||Hamish Mackay||5||5||7||14||8||6||9||7||1.076||47|
|7||GBR4639R||Lowly Worm||Swan 461||John Dean||8||9||6||5||10||7||11||8||1.087||53|
|8||GBR4206T||Assassin||J39||Peter Jackson/Gary Shaffer||6||10||5||9||10||10||8||21||1.061||58|
|9||GBR4070L||Incognito||First 40.7||Tony Lowe||11||11||4||22||4||14||12||6||1.063||62|
|10||GBR4334L||Absolutely II||Mumm 36||Kelly/Bramall/Plummer||10||8||9||10||7||8||10||15||1.076||62|
|11||GBR2740R||Mankie||IMX 40||Jack Pringle||7||6||12||7||APA10.5||APA10.5||19||12||1.093||65|
|12||GBR7381R||Cougar of Tamar||Reflex 38||Sailing Logic||14||12||10||12.5||12.5||11||6||13||1.064||77|
|13||GBR7383R||Puma Logic||Reflex 38||Sailing Logic||9||21||21||11||5||12||7||15||1.067||80|
|14||GBR6510N||Serendip||Prima 38||Paul King||12||14||11||8||21||9||16||16||1.081||86|
|15||GBR4835R||Cool Runnings||X 35||Thorkild Juncker||21||16||13||16||14||13||14||10||1.055||96|
|16||GBR560||Simply the Best||Grand Soleil 43||Philip Wood||15||13||14||12.5||15||21||17||21||1.096||107.5|
|17||GBR38R||Bornslippy 2||Prima 38||Julian Bates||16||15||15||17||20||16||15||14||1.08||108|
|18||GBR1540R||Maverick 2||IMX 40||Dominic Chappell||21||21||21||21||12.5||21||13||9||1.093||118.5|
|20||GBR1381R||Mostly Harmless||Prima 38||Tom Hayhoe||17||21||21||18||17||21||21||21||1.083||136|
|1||GBR48R||Jacobite||Swan 48||Stephen and Benedict James||1||1||1||1||1||6||7||1||1.046||12|
|2||IRL9638||Antix||Corby 35||Anthony O'Leary||2||2||2||2||2||5||11||3||1.034||18|
|3||GBR32L||Checkmate||Ker 32||Mike MacCarthy||4||3||3||20||3||6.5||1||2||1.038||22.5|
|4||IRL11109||No Naked flames||J 109||Andrew Allen/Colm Monahan||9||5||5||3||6||5||6||7||1.034||37|
|5||3830C||Salamander XVIII||Bavaria Match 38||John Corson||3||4||4||13||7||8||3.5||8||1.039||37.5|
|6||GBR1404R||Civils with Flair||Elan 40||Lucy Macgregor||7||11||9||4||5||4||2||10||1.039||41|
|7||GBR1347R||No Doubt||First 34.7||Chris and Hannah Neve||5||9||7||7||14||3||5||5||1.018||41|
|8||FRA27911||TBS||First 34.7||Jerome Burgaud||11||11||13||9||9||6.5||8||4||1.011||58.5|
|9||GBR9359R||Sir Duck Tion||HOD 35||Roy Morgan||8||6||8||5||10||13||9||17||1.032||59|
|10||GBR7031T||Sanguma||Ker 31||Chris Walmsley/Thoms||6||8||6||11||8||14||10||10||1.037||59|
|11||GBR979R||Malice||HOD 35||Mike Moxley||12||10||11||8||4||9||11||12||1.033||65|
|12||GBR109L||Waverider||J 109||Peter Johnson||15||14||10||6||13||11||13||11||1.035||78|
|13||GBR7714R||White Knight of Wessex||HOD 35||Mark Neville||10||12||14||10||12||19||14||9||1.033||81|
|14||GBR9487R||Jumunu||J 109||Iain Fenna||13||15||12||14||11||12||16||20||1.03||93|
|15||GBR1509R||Jalapeno||J 109||Nigel Brooke||14||13||15||17||15||16||15||14||1.019||102|
|16||GBR1405R||Elaine||Elan 37||Mike Bridges||17||18||16||12||18||14||20||17||1.032||112|
|17||GBR4811R||Magic||Elan 40||Graham Nixon||18||16||17||16||16||17||18||18||1.044||118|
|18||GBR6639R||Straitjacket||First 36.7||David William Lenz||16||17||18||18||17||20||17||16||1.017||119|
|19||GBR2053R||Eric the Barbarian||Match 35||Derek Blancke||20||20||20||15||20||20||12||15||1.026||122|
|1||GBR9395R||Elusive||Elan 333||Jackie Welch and Robert Dobson||2||1||1||2||1||2||2||4||0.978||11|
|2||GBR9887||Electra||X-99 MOD||Michael Tattersall||1||2||3||1||2||1||3||3||0.963||13|
|3||GBR7555||Ayanami||Bolero T/R||Roger Swinney||3||3||4||4||4||3||1||1||0.869||19|
|4||GBR5678T||Scarlet Jester||SJ320||Jamie Muir||4||4||5||3||3||4||5||5||0.99||28|
|5||GBR9592||Parallel Universe||Impala 28||Peter Williams/Nigel Pybus/Toby Gorman||5||8||2||8||8||8||4||2||0.884||37|
|6||GBR9771R||Nebulas||J 92||Robert Garlick||6||5||6||5||5||5||6||6||0.989||38|
|7||GBR6687T||Skywave||Elan 333||Robin Francis||8||6||7||6||6||6||7||7||0.978||45|
A big ‘Thank You’ to Fortis for sponsoring the RORC IRC Championship as their support cannot be underestimated.
Alex McBarnet of Fortis Intertrust said: “MeesPierson has been renamed Fortis as part of the one brand strategy of the group. We are delighted to be sponsoring the IRC Championship again and believe it to be a perfect way of developing the Fortis name. Over the last four years we have been very impressed with the ever increasing level of competition in the IRC Championship and feel that this, along with the outstanding professionalism of RORC, makes for a perfect fit with Fortis.