Done and dusted

A final report, results, photos (and comments) from the IRC Nationals

Monday June 16th 2008, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
Lack of wind caused a delay to racing in the final day of the IRC National Championship organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club on Sunday. Racing finally got under way at shortly after one o'clock. Windward/leeward courses with a leeward gate in the central Solent were the battle grounds for some superb sailing and plenty of drama.

There were numerous general recalls and Z flag penalties as competitors, right through all five classes, were too eager to nail the start line.

Sunday was all about spotting the wind shifts and the short course meant that slick crew work and quick and efficient preparation were both critical.

As the Class Super Zero fleet got away the wind picked up to about 12 knots from the south west. This was just as the seven speed machines were approaching the line and caused virtually every boat to be over, even though the Z Flag was flying. A general recall was announced and on the restart, with the Z Flag still flying, Charles Dunstone's Rio and the UK Sailing Academy's Chernikeeff 2 were over once again.

On the beat Ran, Flash Glove and Stay Calm showed good pace. Many hours spent on the water and a top class crew paid off for Ran who eventually took the gun.

Ran continued to dominate in the last race of the day which was a re-sail of the abandoned race at the end of Day Two. The wind had dropped to about nine knots and continued as shifty as it had been all weekend. Ran continued to play the shifts to extend their lead over the competition. Rio and Stay Calm were second and third respectively but some distance behind Ran who made it five wins out of eight to take the big boat national title.

IRC S0
Sail No Boat Owner
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R7
R7
Pts
1
GBR528R Ran TP52 Niklas Zennstrom
1.371
1
2
1
5.5
2
1
1
8
2
GBR5252R Stay Calm TP52 Stuart Robinson
1.358
3
1
5
1
6
3
3
16
3
GBR93R Rio TP 52 Charles Dunstone
1.373
6
3
2
4
1
7
2
18
4
IRL5252 Flash Glove TP 52 Colm Barrington
1.368
2
7
3
3
4
2
4
18
5
GBR952R Henri Lloyd - Cutting Edge TP52 Robert Lutener & Martin Elwood
1.364
4
4
4
5.5
5
4
5
26
6
GBR6880R Alegre Mills 68 Andres Soriano
1.533
7
6
7
2
3
9
9
34
7
GBR76R John Merricks II TP52 Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme
1.358
5
5
6
8
8
6
6
36
8
GBR52R Chernikeeff 2 Farr 52 Peter Harrison
1.316
8
8
8
7
7
9
7
45


In Class Zero for Race 7, two boats fell foul of the Z Flag penalty. Gery Trentesaux's First 45, Lady Courrier and, sensationally, class leader Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix Eile.

Meanwhile Belgian, Francois Goubau's First 47.7, Moana, revelled in the heavier airs, winning her first race of the championship with Tony Buckingham's IRC 40, Ngoni second. John Shepherd's Kerr 46, Fair Do's VII was just behind in third, but with Antix Eile's Z flag penalty taken into consideration Fair Do's was now winning the class with one race to go.

Race 8 was won by Lady Courrier, a great come back after the disappointment of the previous race. Antix Eile was second and Tim Costello's brand new Mills 43 finally got a podium finish with a third place. Fair Do's VII was in equal fourth place and did enough to secure a class and "psychological" win over their arch rivals for the forthcoming Rolex Commodores' Cup.

TheDailySail's Andy Nicholson raced onboard Ngoni, see the report below.

IRC 0

Sail No Boat Type of Boat Owner
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Pts
1 GBR4601L Fair Do's VII Ker 46 John Shepherd
1.189
2.5
3
3
1
1
4
3
4.5
17.5
2 IRL3939 Antix Eile Ker 39 Anthony O'Leary
1.125
1
2
2
11
2
2
10
2
21
3 GBR1294R Ngoni IRC40 Anthony Buckingham
1.146
7
1
9.5
4
3
6
2
4.5
27.5
4 FRA35547 Lady Courrier First 45 Gery Trentesaux
1.124
5
7
4
8
8
3
8
1
36
5 GBR95R Dark & Steamy DK46 Nick Haigh
1.21
6
5
8
2
7
7
15
9
44
6 GBR124R Yeoman XXXII Rogers 46 David Aisher
1.275
12
4
1
3
5
19
9
12
46
7 GBR1545R Poppy of Portland Marina First 45 John Dean
1.135
2.5
12
6
12
14
1
5
8
46.5
8 IRL12345 Tiamat Mills43 Tim Costello
1.189
10
14
5
9
6
5
17
3
52
9 GBR11N Apollo J133 Nigel Passmore
1.12
8
11
7
10
4
11
6.5
6
52.5
10 BEL4701 Moana First 47.7 François Goubau
1.12
13
13
9.5
17
10
8
1
15
69.5
11 GBR4908R Pace Marten 49 Simon Tate & Johnny Vincent
1.257
9
15
14
5
13
12
17
7
75
12 GBR46L Shockwave DK46 Nick Lutte
1.209
4
20
20
7
11
15
8
11
76
13 NED7842 Holmatro ING Real Estate Club Swan 42 Lennard van Oeveren
1.175
11
6
12
15
16
10
12
16
82
14 GBR9402R Audacious Dubois 40 Jon Pegg
1.167
20
8
16
6
9
17
14
13
83
15 GBR4321 Oystercatcher XXVI Humphreys 42R Richard Matthews
1.216
14
13.2
13.2
13
12
16
11
10
86.4
16 GBR150L Novus Arca First 50 Tony McBride
1.16
17
9
13
18
15
9
10
14
87
17 FRA27967 Jivaro J133 Yves Grosjean
1.13
16
10
15
14
17
13
20
20
105
18 GBR51R Argie Bargie King 40 Allan Hogg
1.125
15
16
11
16
18
14
20
20
110
19 GBR9640R Predator Murray 41 Penny Pariso
1.142
18
20
20
19
19
18
16
17
127


Class One was also subject to several restarts and eventually the fleet got away in Race seven with three boats taking a Z Flag penalty. Dramatically the class leader, Eamon Rohan's Mills 40, Blondie IV was scored OCS. Connor & Denise Phelan's Ker 36, Jump Juice, took full advantage with a win. The Army Sailing Association's Archambault 40, British Soldier, showed electric pace, especially upwind and scored a second with Bernard Moureau's Archambault 40, Aria in third.

Although Aria won the last race in Class One, it was Jump Juice that scored a crucial second place to win the class. Blondie IV could only manage a fourth. Such was the level of competition in Class one Blondie IV made just one slip up in the entire regatta but it cost them the title.

IRC 1

Sail No Boat Type of Boat Owner
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Pts
1 IRL2007 Jump Juice Ker 37 Conor & Denise Phelan
1.098
4
1
2
1
2
3
1
2
12
2 IRL3008 Blondie IV King 40 Eamonn Rohan
1.117
1
2
1
2
1
2
18
4
13
3 FRA34645 Aria Archambault A40RC Bernard Moureau
1.098
5
6
3
3
3
4
4
1
23
4 GBR5940R Tokoloshe King 40 Michael Bartholomew
1.117
2
3
6
6
6
5
5.5
3
30.5
5 NED4343 ROARK Grand Soleil 43 Kees Kaan
1.114
3
7
8
4
7
1
14
18
44
6 GBR1429L British Soldier Archambault A40RC Army Sailing Association
1.095
9
9
7
5
11
8
3
6
47
7 GBR236R Erivale III Kerr 39CR Mike Greville
1.118
7
5
10
13
4
9
9
5
49
8 GBR8410R Premier Flair Elan 410 Jim Macgregor
1.081
11
13
5
9
9
10
5.5
7
56.5
9 BEL3939 Allard Sydeney 39 Rudi Floridor
1.106
10
11
9
7
8
7
5
11
57
10 FRA27909 Courrier du Coeur First 44.7 Marc de Saint Denis
1.107
6
12
4
17
5
6
18
9
59
11 GBR6501N White Knuckles Prima 38 Mervyn Hughes
1.075
13
10
13
10
10
11
13
10
77
12 GBR79R Software Mistress Ker 36 Custom Ian Maclean
1.086
8
8
12
15
17
14
8
13
78
13 GBR6665R Cajou IMX 40 Mark Chatfield
1.091
14
4
11
12
16
16
10
14
81
14 GBR851R Cracklin Rosie Corby 40 Brian Wilkinson
1.1
12
15
14
8
12
17
14
8
83
15 GBR7640T Cracker IMX 40 Stephen Heppell
1.091
18
18
18
14
13
13
7
12
95
16 GBR4477L Koko Kai First 44.7 Kristin Pagano
1.105
15
18
15
11
14
12
15
15
97
17 GBR560 Simply the Best Grand Soleil 43 Philip Wood
1.098
16
14
18
16
15
15
18
18
112


The Class Two fleet had a long wait to get away due to the large number of restarts in the other classes. They then added to the wait with two more general recalls of their own. They got away third time lucky, but with no less than six boats receiving a Z Flag penalty. Steve Northmore's Archambault 35, Waterjet has improved all regatta and came out on top in Race 7, Eamon and Alan Crosbie's Teng Tools ( Voodoo Chile) was in second place and Peter Rutter continued to impress in third. The real story here was David Nixon in his Corby 36, Rosie who decided to race sistership Quokka 7 off the course to settle the class win. Skipper David Dixon admitted they got themselves in a real mess;

"We thought there was only going to be one race today and we decided to sail Quokka to the back of the fleet. But it all went badly wrong for us and fair play to Quokka, they sailed smartly and got out of the trap."

So, the pendulum swung towards a class win for Peter Rutter's Corby 36, Quokka 7. In the last race, Jamie McWilliam's J/109, Yeoman of Wight, won by a comfortable margin and it would have been two "bullets" today for the team from Hong Kong, if it had not been for a Z Flag penalty in Race 7. Quokka 7 had a shocker, managing only seventh when they had the Class win within grasp. In the end, David Nixon's team from Howth on Rosie hung on for a class win, a big relief for them after the shenanigans of Race 7.


Sail No Boat
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Pts
1 IRL789 Rosie Corby 36 Roy & Vera Dickson
1.074
1
1
1
3
5.5
3
8
5
19.5
2 GBR1236L Quokka 7 Corby 36 Peter Rutter
1.071
4
2
2
6
1
1
5
8
21
3 HKG1242R Yeoman of Wight J109 Jamie McWilliam
1.031
7
3
7
2
4
9
7
1
31
4 IRL3232 Teng Tools (Voodoo Chile) Ker 32 Eamon & Alan Crosbie
1.051
2
4
4
8
5.5
10
4
6
33.5
5 GBR7735R Waterjet A35 Steve Northmore
1.035
10
21
3
5
3
2
2
9
34
6 IRL11137 No Naked Flames Sllim 37 Andrew Allen
1.073
3
13
8
1
2
29
9
2
38
7 FRA34634 Prime Time A35 Daignaux Huillard
1.035
17
6
6
11
14
4
6
7
54
8 GBR8522R Love Shack First 40.7 Tim Spalding
1.073
9
29
5
4
9
5
29
4
65
9 GBR9735T Vortex X-35 Tim & Sophie Harrington
1.051
20
23
20
12
7
6
13
3
81
10 GBR9359R Sir Duck Tion HOD35 Roy Morgan
1.031
14
11
10
9
15
14
10
14
82
11 GBR5991T Prime Suspect Mills 36 Dave Richards
1.074
5
15
15
15
21
8
14
11
83
12 GBR7712R Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield
1.031
8
14
9
13
12
15
22
15
86
13 GBR4206T Sleeper J39 Jonty Layfield
1.059
11
16
18
16
8
13
9
17
90
14 NED7307 Rosetta From The Rocks Dehler 36 Raboud Crul
1.039
29
29
11
10
17
7
7
13
94
15 GBR7031T Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley
1.036
21
5
14
21
10
17.5
15
12
94.5
16 GBR9570T Jaguar of Burnham J109 Adrian Lower
1.034
12
17
23
7
13
19.5
12
16
96.5
17 GBR7383R Puma Logic Reflex 38 Sailing Logic
1.069
13
8
13
20
19
16
28
10
99
18 GBR1405R Elaine Elan 37 Mike Bridges
1.031
19
22
17
14
22
11
18.5
18
119.5
19 GBR704R Tradition Philosophie IV First 40.7 Nicolas Gaumont-Prat
1.064
23
10
22
25
11
12
23
22
123
20 GBR979R Malice HOD 35 Mike Moxley
1.032
18
19
12
23
16
22
20
19
126
21 GBR9033R No Retreat Corby 33 David Riley
1.042
15
20
19
22
23
21
16
20
133
22 GBR7777L Passion Elan 410 Paul Jones
1.072
25
9
29
17
18
17.5
27
21
134.5
23 GBR7080T Tarka First 40.7 Guy Prest
1.064
24
7
21
24
20
19.5
29
29
144.5
24 GBR7382R Jaguar Logic Reflex 38 Sailing Logic
1.066
22
18
24
19
25
29
18.5
29
155.5
25 GBR4070L Incognito First 40.7 Paul McNamara
1.061
16
12
16
29
29
29
29
29
160
26 IRL3550 Exaltation X35 David McFarland
1.048
6
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
180
27 GBR9470R Iskareen Corby 33 Robert Napier
1.047
29
29
29
18
26
23
29
29
183
28 GBR5109R Designstar 2 J109 Roger Phillips
1.03
29
29
29
26
24
24
29
29
190


Class Three saw the Z flag causing mayhem for the leaders but Peter Morton's First 34.7, Salvo, stayed out of trouble, posting a win and a second to take the class title. Salvo won three races out of eight, but more importantly kept out of the protest room or did not concede a penalty. They were also consistent on the water, never lower than sixth in any race.

Overall, the standard of sailing at the RORC IRC Nationals was exceptional. Inevitably, the eventual class winners and the overall champion were the boats that posted consistent results and stayed out of trouble. Many crews learnt that whilst sometimes it may be possible to try a risky move to gain a couple of places if it goes wrong then the percentage losses can be very costly indeed. Fortune does sometimes favour the brave, but consistency is always the mark of champions.

As always, special thanks goes 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.

IRC 3

Sail No Boat
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Pts
1 GBR73R Salvo First 34.7 Peter Morton
1.012
4
6
4
5
1
1
2
1
18
2 GBR9999T ASAP Quarter Ton Alexander Christie
0.917
1
1
10
2
6
10
4
2
26
3 GBR362T Extra Djinn X362 Sport Neville Hodkin
1.026
10
3
3
14
3
3
3
3
28
4 GBR4365T Dean and Dyball Enigma MG346 Ian Braham
0.95
5
5
5
4
4
5
5
5.5
33
5 GBR8500R Brightwork X332 Bob Baker
0.994
9
9
4
8
2
4
9
7
43
6 GBR5678T Scarlet Jester Seaquest SJ320 Jamie Muir
0.988
8
11
8
6
8
12
1
5.5
47.5
7 NED118 Winsome S & S 41 Harry Heijst
0.992
13
4
2
13
5
2
10
17
49
8 GBR221T BlackBerry ® with Catch 22 Humphreys Custom 27 David Rider
0.918
7
2
11
3
13
11
9
8
51
9 GBR8534R Jostix J92s Nicholas Over
0.996
2
10
9
7
7
17
16
4
55
10 GBR6895T Xcitable X362 Sport Peter Hodgkinson
1.021
3
14
7
10
9
8
11
10
58
11 GBR3851 Hephzibah High Tension 36 David Lees
0.956
11
7
14
1
11
6
10
17
60
12 GBR9395R Elusive Elan 333 Jackie & Robert Dobson
0.98
14
12
12
9
12
7
8
9
69
13 GBR9716R Hot Rats Humphreys 30 S G (Robbie) Robinson
0.995
6
8
13
14
14
13
12
11
77
14 GBR9887 Electra X-99 MOD Mike Tattersall
0.963
12
13
6
12
10
9
17
17
79
15 GBR8853T Trumble Too Bavaria 44 Neil Brailsford
1.017
15
15
15
15
15
14
14
12
100
16 GBR4983R Jos of Hamble Beneteau First 34.7 Clemency Williams
0.992
17
17
17
17
17
17
17
17
119


TheDailySail’s Andy Nicholson was racing in Class 0 on Tony Buckingham’s Mills 40 Ngoni .

This morning it feels like I have just returned from Spi Ouest, such are the hours we have logged on the water at the IRC Nationals. We like several other big boats ‘commuted’ from Hamble to the race area each day and that meant leaving the dock at 8.30 am and not returning until gone 7pm. The French yachts competing must have loved it!

This event marked a return for Tony to racing and not having steered (apart from helming his 41m sailing ketch) for four years he was back into the groove on Friday winning the second race. After the first day it quickly became apparent that both Fair Do’s and especially the Irish on Antix Eile (still with Magic Glove on the side so that what we called them) were going to be a tough task to beat. What cost the Irish was two OCS’s, one of which they were not able to recover from and that let Fair Do’s in for the class win on the final race.

I felt that in the end the RORC, with 75 boats entered should have run two race committees - this would have helped them out enormously and made the whole thing more manageable. Because of the depth of water needed for Class Super 0 (especially Alegre who draws 4.5m) all the smaller boats had to come off the same start line – Classes 1,2,3 could have had fantastic racing all weekend long on Hill Head, but instead were stuck with us in the notoriously difficult Ryde Middle area in fickle seabreeze conditions with 40 degree shifts and 14m of water. And we ended up doing long (the same as the TP52s) and at times tedious races, which wasn’t necessary.

My view also is that the Committee did not respect the calibre of the sailors in the fleets either during the course of the weekend – asking ‘us’ to “respect the line” at one point! (Put in a decent line etc…) The rigid style of the race management was not up to dealing with the professional/highly experienced teams on many of the yachts. The RORC’s Eddie Warden Owen was sailing on the TP52 Flash Glove and I hope that seeing it all first hand will be of benefit to everyone in the future.

Sunday saw the Russian VOR70 (in the background) come out for a sail


It was great to see so many yachts out racing and many to such a high standard. UK based IRC sailing is very healthy. A few trends were noted: Black is the new Black – wearing any other colour nowadays is just not cool. Bowmen shinning out to the end of one’s bowsprit during the prestart to check for damage is a good look and the Ker Irish team have my money on them for the Rolex Commodore’s Cup.

Unfortunately Tony was unable to sail for Saturday and Sunday and so Elvstrom Sobstad’s Kevin Sproul took to the wheel and on Saturday pulled of a start that will I remember for some time. Everyone wanted the pin end (against foul tide) – it was a big scrap from 1 minute 30 out. We nearly locked out Fair Do’s who slid across our bow, but then couldn’t lay the pin. Nor could we, but with 2 seconds to go Kevin brought the bow up and we tacked onto port within inches of the pin end buoy, crossed Tiamat by 2 feet and port tacked the fleet. It was a ‘money can’t buy this experience’ moment and of great amusement to all of us onboard!

Buzzed by the matching helicopter on Sunday as Tony returns home to Jersey


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More pictures on the following pages...Ngoni's transom can just be seen exiting stage right...

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