Chieftain comes out on top

On the final day of the Fortis IRC Championship

Sunday June 11th 2006, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
The last day of the Fortis IRC Championship and once again we were blessed with brilliant sunshine but the breeze had changed to 12-15 knots from the southwest. There was plenty of tension throughout the fleet as by the end of the day the overall results would be decided and several classes were very much in the balance.



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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.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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):

Pos Sail No Boat Type Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Hcap Tot
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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
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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
5 GBR46L Shockwave DK46 Nick Lutte 5 6 16 5 6 4 7 7 1.211 40
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
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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
19 GBR6513N Longbow Prima 38 ASA 21 21 21 15 15 19 18 21 1.082 130
20 GBR1381R Mostly Harmless Prima 38 Tom Hayhoe 17 21 21 18 17 21 21 21 1.083 136
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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
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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.

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