marinerscove clinches it

David Dwyer's Mills 39 is the 2009 RORC IRC National Champion

Sunday June 7th 2009, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
It was blowing half a gale overnight, but by dawn the skies had cleared to provide sparkling conditions for the competitors in the RORC IRC National Championship. Before the end of play, the weather closed in once more to give a variety of conditions for the crews in the eastern Solent, including a 60deg wind shift on the last beat of the championship.

In Class Super Zero, the cream of British yachting racing Niklas Zennstrom’s TP52 Rán finished off the regatta in style with a perfect row of eight bullets. The crew included; Ado Stead; Steve Hayles; Andy Hemmings; Guy Reid and Mo Gray who have all competed in the America’s Cup.

Rán Skipper, Tim Powell commented; “It will be a while before we are sailing in the Solent again, so we were motivated to go out on a bang and eight straight wins was very satisfying. Heartfelt congratulations to Marinerscove for winning the overall title.”

The overall champion is decided with a formula that reflects the size of the classes so despite a perfect score, Rán was beaten by the winners of a larger class.

Robert Lutener and Martin Elwood’s TP52 Cutting Edge was second and the UK Sailing Academy racing Peter Harrison’s Farr 52 Chernikeef 2 was third.

In IRC Class Zero, Michael Bartholomew’s King 40 Tokoloshe won the penultimate race by less than a minute, but Piet Vroon’s new Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens bounced back to take the last race to clinch the class title. “I am delighted for Piet and his crew,” commented yacht designer, Jason Ker. “I am sure there is more room for improvement, but they handled the boat extremely well in a huge variety of conditions. Winning our class at the RORC IRC National Championship shows that a fast light boat, under 50ft, can rate well under the rule. Tonnerre will be competing for the De Guingand Bowl next weekend and we will find out how she goes offshore.”

Tokoloshe had a fine regatta to take second place in class and Tony Langley’s Farr 45 Atomic of Cowes managed to sneak into third place, with a second place in the last race of the championship.

There was a titanic battle in IRC Class One between Dave Dwyer’s Mills 39 MarinersCove.ie and Peter Rutter’s Corby 30 Quokka and it went right to the wire. Quokka won race seven to pile on the pressure and MarinersCove.ie responded, winning the last race by under a minute. The victory not only meant a class win, but the MarinersCove.ie team from Ireland also won the glittering prize of overall champion for the RORC IRC National Championship 2009.

“I am absolutely delighted to have come here and won," said Dwyer. "It is tremendous. We came over here to practice for the Rolex Commodores’ Cup, but now we have a very short time to get back to Ireland to defend the IRC National title we won in Howth last year.”

Tactician Andy Beadsworth added; “I have sailed with Dave and his crew on MarinersCove on many occasions and they are always great fun to sail with. I would have to add that I would be amazed if the boat is not selected to represent Ireland at the next Rolex Commodores’ Cup.”

Quokka were second in class and overall to claim The Jackdaw Trophy. Third in the class was John Patterson’s J/122 Panacea.

There was high drama in IRC Class Two as the runaway leader, Steve Northmore’s A35 Waterjet and Mike Bridges Elan 37 Elaine had a collision. However Waterjet managed to hold on to claim first place in IRC Class Two overall, but lost their chance of winning the overall title with two mid-fleet results on the last day’s racing. Chris & Hannah Neve’s First 34.7 No Doubt was third overall and was also the best performing First 34.7 at the championship.

Adam Gosling’s Corby 30 Yes! was the clear winner of Class IRC Three. “It was a great three day event with a bit of everything; a good range of courses, variable wind conditions and some superb sailing," said Gosling. "I think the medium to heavy weather really suited the Corby, but make no mistake, the well prepared and sailed Quarter Tonners have really improved the standard of racing amongst the smaller boats in the Solent.”

Louise Morton’s all-girl crew on the Quarter Tonner Espada was second and sistership, Paul Kelsey’s Runaway Bus, third.

After the prizegiving at the Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre, RORC Racing Manager, Ian Loffhagen said: “62 boats competed in a total of 40 races over three days and the variable conditions caused many adjustments to race courses. Getting all of the races in was a difficult task for the RORC Racing team and they should be applauded for their efforts. At this year’s championship, we have seen a high standard of boat handling and a very impressive fleet of new, old and stunning examples of custom boats built for IRC.”

More photos on the following pages...

RORC IRC National Championship results:

Overall Winner of the RORC IRC Championship Trophy
(IRL) Marinerscove.ie, Mills 39, David Dwyer, (Series Points 9)

Jackdaw Trophy (Second Overall)
(GBR) Quokka, Corby 36, Peter Rutter, (11)
 
Pos Sail No Boat Type Owner TCF R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R7 Tot Net
IRC SZ
1 GBR528R Ran TP 52 Niklas Zennstrom 1.37 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 7
2 GBR952R Cutting Edge TP 52 Robert Lutener & Martin Elwood 1.364 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 20 16
3 GBR52R Chernikeeff 2 Farr 52 Peter Harrison 1.317 3 3 3 3 5 4 2 2 25 20
4 GBR76R John Merricks II TP 52 RYA Keelboat Programme 1.367 4 4 5 4 5 3 3 3 31 26
IRC 0
1 NED46 Tonnerre de Breskens Ker 46 Pieter Willem Vroon 1.243 3 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 13 10
2 GBR5940R Tokoloshe King 40 Michael Bartholomew 1.112 1 2 1 5 6 5 1 4 25 19
3 GBR54R Atomic of Cowes Farr 45 Tony Langley 1.226 6 7 5 3 5 2 5 2 35 28
4 GBR4601L Fair Do's VII Ker 46 John Shepherd 1.191 2 15 10 2 3 3 4 6 45 30
5 GBR11N Apollo J 133 Nigel Passmore 1.117 4 6 7 4 2 4 11 3 41 30
6 GBR95R Dark & Steamy DK 46 Nick Haigh 1.204 5 5 2 6 4 6 6 8 42 34
7 GBR906R Assassin Stimpson 42 P Jackson & G Shaffer 1.132 8 10 4 10 7 15 3 11 68 53
8 FRA34649 Magic Mix X 41 Pharo Management/John Lawrence 1.116 12 3 6 8 10 11 7 12 69 57
9 NED8020 Split2nd Salona 42 David De Graaf/Yan Trouwen 1.133 10 8 8 9 9 9 10 7 70 60
10 GBR236R Erivale III Ker 39 Michael Greville 1.117 11 4 9 7 11 7 12 13 74 61
11 GBR60R Jeronimo J133 Jackie Dobson 1.128 9 9 11 11 8 10 13 9 80 67
12 GBR547R Seawolf 2 Lutra 42 Henri Tinchant 1.243 7 12 13 12 12 8 9 10 83 70
13 GBR851R Cracklin Rosie Corby 40 Brian Wilkinson 1.107 13 11 12 13 15 15 8 5 92 77
14 GBR5021L Warlord First 47.7 Neil Brailsford 1.122 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 120 105
0
IRC 1 0
1 IRL39000 MarinersCove.ie Mills 39 David Dwyer 1.103 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 11 9
2 GBR1236L Quokka Corby 36 Peter Rutter 1.069 1 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 14 11
3 GBR1223L Panacea J 122 John Patterson 1.088 3 2 3 4 4 8 3 3 30 22
4 GBR8410R Premier Flair Elan 410 Jim Macgregor 1.079 5 7 6 5 3 3 9 5 43 34
5 BEL3939 Allard Sydney 39 Nadia Ifticene 1.104 7 10 10 3 5 4 5 4 48 38
6 GBR4070L Incognito First 40.7 Paul McNamara 1.06 8 4 4 10 7 10 9 6 58 48
7 GBR9335T Portia First 40.7 Andrew Iyer 1.066 4 5 5 9 6 17 8 13 67 50
8 GBR704R Tradition Philosophie IV First 40.7 Nicolas Gaumont-Prat 1.063 6 11 7 6 9 6.5 17 10 72.5 55.5
9 GBR79R Software Mistress Ker 36 Ian Maclean 1.084 14 6 13 8 10 5 7 15 78 63
10 GBR410L Esprit Elan 410 Neil Vardy 1.074 9 8 9 13 14 17 11 8 89 72
11 GBR7383R Puma Logic Reflex 38 Sailing Logic/Philippe Falle+E58 1.071 12 9 8 11 17 17 4 12 90 73
12 GBR8725T Deliverance 2 Dehler 39 Chris Shipman 1.076 13 12 14 12 8 9 12 9 89 75
13 GBR6501N White Knuckles Prima 38 Dominic Hurndall 1.073 17 17 17 16 12 6.5 10 7 102.5 85.5
14 GBR2741R Biela Comet 41S Richard Barnes 1.098 10 15 15 14 11 12 17 11 105 88
15 GBR6665R Cajou IMX 40 Mark Chatfield 1.072 15 14 12 15 13 11 13 14 107 92
16 GBR1429L British Soldier Archambault A40 RC Army Sailing Assoc/Paul Andersen 1.093 11 13 11 7 17 17 17 17 110 93
0
IRC 2 0
1 GBR7735R Waterjet A35 Steve Northmore 1.032 6 1 1 1 1 3 6 8 27 19
2 GBR4206T Sleeper J 39 Jonty Layfield 1.047 12 3 2 5 4 6 1 1 34 22
3 GBR1347R No Doubt First 34.7 Chris & Hannah Neve 1.014 1 4 4 8 5 7 3 2 34 26
4 GBR73R Salvo First 34.7 Peter Morton 1.011 5 8 5 4 2 4 8 19 55 36
5 GBR1242R Yeoman of Wight J 109 David Aisher 1.013 13 7 6 3 8 5 2 7 51 38
6 GBR9033R No Retreat! Corby 33 David Riley 1.039 15 12 3 7 3 2 11 9 62 47
7 GBR1132L Alaris Dehler 36 John Howell 1.024 7 5 8 16 11 8 4 5 64 48
8 GBR362T Extra Djinn X 362 Neville Hodkin 1.023 8 10.5 10 9 7 15 9 4 72.5 57.5
9 GBR9359 Sir Ducktion HOD 35 Roy Morgan 1.029 3 2 7 2 14 19 19 19 85 66
10 GBR1405R Elaine Elan 37 Mike Bridges 1.03 9 10.5 15 6 6 1 19 19 85.5 66.5
11 GBR847R Mongoose First 34.7 Patrick Snowball 0.997 2 6 9 12 9 12 19 19 88 69
12 GBR979R Malice HOD 35 Mike Moxley 1.031 11 13 11.5 10 15 9 12 3 84.5 69.5
13 GBR4909R High Tension J 109 Andrew Given 1.015 4 16 16 14 10 19 5 6 90 71
14 GBR4243T Jackdaw J 39 David Walters 1.058 10 17 14 11 16 13 7 10 98 81
15 BEL3470 Ship Shop Aquaholic First 34.7 Bernard Wilmet 1.003 17 9 13 15 13 11 14 19 111 92
16 BEL3537 Tontin A 35 Wouter Borghijs 1.031 16 15 17 13 12 10 10 19 112 93
17 GBR7535R Jolene J 105 Ivan Trotman 1.016 18 18 18 18 17 14 13 11 127 109
18 GBR6895T Xcitable X 362 Peter Hodgkinson 1.018 14 14 11.5 17 19 19 19 19 132.5 113.5
0
IRC 3 0
1 GBR3033L Yes! Corby 30 Adam Gosling 0.988 4 1 3 1 1 1 4 1 16 12
2 GBR50R Espada Quarter Tonner Louise Morton 0.906 3 7 2 4 3 2 1 9 31 22
3 GBR7055 Runaway Bus Quarter Tonner Paul Kelsey 0.891 5 3 1 8 6 5 7 4 39 31
4 GBR4416 Whippa Snappa Sigma 33 Richard Puddifoot 0.911 7 8 4 6 4 3 5 2 39 31
5 GBR9250R Who's To No J 92 Richard Sparrow 0.983 6 5 7 2 5 6 3 10 44 34
6 GBR9716R Hot Rats Humphreys 30 Elisabeth Robinson 0.99 9 6 6 3 2 4 8 7 45 36
7 GBR506R Anchor Challenge Quarter Tonner Peter Morton 0.922 1 2 11 7 11 11 2 3 48 37
8 GBR8414 Aguila Quarter Tonner Rob Gray 0.906 2 4 5 5 11 11 6 5 49 38
9 NED317 Cisne Swan 43 David Collins 0.975 8 9 8 9 7 7 9 6 63 54
10 GBR4080T Crakajax X 95 Richard Hollis 0.912 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 8 84 73

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