Bumper fleet for IRC Nats

Fantastic line up of over 80 yachts for landmark inshore series starting Friday

Wednesday June 11th 2008, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
A top class fleet brimming with world class sailors from all over Europe and as far away as Hong Kong will assemble in the Solent this weekend and there should be some cracking racing, right through the five classes. Seven races are scheduled over three days of racing around tight Solent courses starting Friday. Class splits are as yet undecided but looking at the fleet there should be some high-octane action.

Whilst the spotlight will focus on the Rolex Commodores’ Cup competitors who will use the RORC IRC Nationals as a warm up for their big event next month. The hottest competition will probably be between the TP52’s that assembled in the Solent this winter. These lightweight racing machines packed with America’s Cup sailors, all have similar speed and the racing should be close and very exciting.

In the early season sparring, Niklas Zennstrom’s, Ran seems to have the edge over Charles Dunstone’s, Rio. Whilst Stuart Robinson’s Stay Calm is a proven competitor and Lutener & Elwood’s Henri Lloyd Cutting Edge has been improving all season. Joining the Solent based boats and fresh from his victory in Miami is Colm Barrington in Flash Glove. This Irish based team will be keen to make up for the gear failure, in last years windy Nationals that denied them a possible class win.

Gery Trentesaux is back to defend his class win last year but this time in his new First 45, Lady Courrier. John Shepherd’s Ker 46, Fair Do’s VII and Nick & Annie Haigh’s DK46, Dark and Steamy, have both shown good form around the cans this season. From Ireland, Tim Costello’s new Mills 43, Tiamat, is a past winner of the event. Mike Greville’s Ker 39, Erivale III is having a great season having won both the Myth of Malham overall and the Morgan Cup race in class. All of these boats will be competing for the Rolex Commodores’ Cup next month. Costello’s previous yacht is now in the hands of Tony Buckingham and renamed Ngoni. This will be a return to competitive racing for Buckingham with a large number of his Farr 40 team from A Bit of a Coup back racing together.

Expect a close battle between some more Rolex Commodores’ Cup contenders; Eamon Rohan’s Mills (King) 40, Blondie IV and Denise & Conor Phelan’s Ker 37, Jump Juice and also Kees Kaan’s Grand Soleil 43, ROARK.

Two other King 40s are entered: Alan Hogg's Argie Bargie and Micheal Bartholomew's Tokoloshe.

Last year’s overall champion is back, Tim Spalding’s First 40.7, Love Shack. They will do well to emulate their perfect string of seven bullets from last year. They could be racing against some top opposition including Andrew Allen’s, Mills 37, No Naked Flames and last year’s class winners; Eamon & Alan Crosbie’s Ker 32, Teng Tools (Voodoo Chile). Both of these boats have travelled to the event from Ireland. Hong Kong Etchells sailor, Jamie McWilliam is competing in the J/109, Yeoman of Wight and Chris Walmsley’s Ker 31, Sanguma is a consistent performer.

Jackie and Robert Dobson’s Elan 333, Elusive, are previous class winners and have had titanic battles with Mike Tattersall’s modified X-99, Electra and Ian Braham’s MG346, Dean & Dyball Enigma. Also entered from the East Coast is David Lees’ High Tension 36, Hephzibah, which has shown great form offshore this season

This year’s IRC Nationals organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club is arguably the most impressive fleet since the competition began. The stage is set for a glorious championships. Last years event was characterised by very strong winds and tough sailing conditions and the RORC will be hoping for a good mix of wind and weather conditions to decide the RORC IRC National Champion.

All competitors will be welcome at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, the Island Sailing Club, Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club and the Royal London Yacht Clubs. For details of accommodation and dining facilities please contact the individual club. Additional social arrangements will be published in the Sailing Instructions.

Entry list as of 5 June ( entries now top 84 we are informed):


Sail No Name IRC Crew Skipper / Owner Type
1 GBR93R Rio 1.373 18 Richard O'Farrell TP 52
2 GBR528R Ran 1.367 18 Niklas Zennstrom TP52
3 GBR952R Henri Lloyd - Cutting Edge 1.36 18 Robert Lutener & Martin Elwood TP52
4 GBR76R John Merricks II 1.358 18 Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme TP52
5 GBR4908R Pace 1.257 18 Simon Tate & Johnni Vincent Marten 49
6 GBR4321 Oystercatcher XXVI 1.217 13 Richard Matthews Humphreys 42R
7 GBR95R Dark & Steamy 1.21 15 Nick Haigh DK46
8 GBR46L Shockwave 1.209 15 Nick Lutte DK46
9 GBR4601L Fair Do's VII 1.185 15 John Shepherd Ker 46
10 NED7842 Holmatro ING Real Estate 1.175 14 Lennard van Oeveren Club Swan 42
11 GBR 16614 Novus Arca 1.169 17 Tony McBride First 50
12 GBR9402R Audacious 1.167 12 Jon Pegg Dubois 40
13 GBR1294R Ngoni 1.146 12 Anthony Buckingham IRC40
14 GBR1545R Poppy of Portland Marina 1.135 15 John Dean David Lancefield
15 FRA27967 Jivaro 1.13 14 Yves Grosjean J133
16 IRL3008 Blondie IV 1.121 12 Eamonn Rohan King 40
17 BEL4701 Moana 1.12 15 François Goubau First 47.7
18 FRA35547 Lady Courrier 1.12 15 Gery Trentesaux First 45
19 GBR11N Apollo 1.12 14 Nigel Passmore J133
20 GBR236R Erivale III 1.118 12 Mike Greville Kerr 39CR
21 GBR 51R Argie Bargie 1.117 12 Allan Hogg King 40
22 GBR5940R Tokoloshe 1.117 13 Michael Bartholomew King 40
23 NED4343 Roark 1.114 13 Kees Kaan Grand Soleil 43
24 Bel 3939 Allard 1.108 12 Rudi Floridor Sydeney 39
25 FRA 27909 Courrier du Coeur 1.106 14 Marc de Saint Denis First 44.7
26 FRA34645 Aria 1.101 12 Bernard Moureau Archambault
27 GBR851R Cracklin Rosie 1.1 12 Brian Wilkinson Corby 40
28 GBR560 Simply the Best 1.098 13 Philip Wood Grand Soleil 43
29 IRL2007 Jump Juice 1.098 10 Conor & Denise Phelan Ker 37
30 GBR1429L British Soldier 1.095 12 Army Sailing Association Michael Lawrence
31 GBR6665R Cajou 1.091 12 Mark Chatfield IMX 40
32 GBR7640T Cracker 1.091 12 Stephen Heppell IMX 40
33 GBR79R Software Mistress 1.086 10 Ian Maclean Ker 36 Custom
34 GBR8410R Premier Flair 1.081 12 Jim Macgregor Elan 410
35 GBR6501N White Knuckles 1.075 10 Dominic Hurndall Prima 38
36 IRL789 Rosie 1.074 9 David Nixon Corby 36
37 GBR5991T Prime Suspect 1.074 9 Dave Richards Mills 36
38 IRL11137 No Naked Flames 1.074 9 Andrew Allen Sllim 37
39 GBR8522R Love Shack 1.073 12 Tim Spalding First 40.7
40 GBR1236L Quokka 7 1.071 9 Peter Rutter Corby 36
41 GBR7383R Puma Logic 1.068 10 Sailing Logic Philipe Falle
42 GBR7382R Jaguar Logic 1.066 10 Sailing Logic Reflex 38
43 GBR704R TFS Philosophie IV 1.064 12 Nicolas Gaumont-Prat First 40.7
44 GBR7080T Tarka 1.064 12 Guy Prest First 40.7
45 GBR 4070L Incognito 1.061 12 Paul McNamara First 40.7
46 GBR4206T Sleeper 1.059 12 Jonty Layfield J39
47 GBR9735T Vortex 1.051 9 Tim & Sophie Harrington X-35
48 IRL3232 Teng Tools (Voodoo Chile) 1.051 8 Eamon & Alan Crosbie Ker 32
49 GBR9470R Iskareen 1.048 8 Robert Napier Corby 33
50 IRL3550 Exaltation 1.048 10 David McFarland X35
51 GBR7031T Sanguma 1.036 8 Chris Walmsley Ker 31
52 FRA34634 Prime Time 1.035 9 Daignaux Huillard A35
53 GBR7735R Waterjet 1.035 9 Steve Northmore A35
54 GBR979R Malice 1.032 9 Mike Moxley HOD 35
55 GBR1405R Elaine 1.031 9 Mike Bridges Elan 37
56 GBR7712R Zarafa 1.031 9 Peter Scholfield HOD 35
57 GBR9570T Jaguar of Burnham 1.031 9 Adrian Lower J109
58 GBR9359R Sir Duck Tion 1.031 9 Roy Morgan HOD35
59 HKG1242R Yeoman of Wight 1.031 9 Jamie McWilliam J109
60 GBR5109R Designstar 2 1.03 9 Roger Phillips J109
61 GBR362T Extra Djinn 1.026 9 Neville Hodkin X362 Sport
62 GBR6895T Xcitable 1.021 9 Peter Hodgkinson X362 Sport
63 GBR73R Salvo 1.012 8 Peter Morton First 34.7
64 GBR8534R Jostix 0.996 8 Nicholas Over J92s
65 GBR8853T Trumble Too 0.995 14 Neil Brailsford Bavaria 44
66 GBR9716R Hot Rats 0.995 8 S G (Robbie) Robinson Humphreys 30
67 GBR 8500R Brightwork 0.994 8 Bob Baker X332
68 NED118 Winsome 0.992 13 Harry Heijst S & S 41
69 GBR9395R Elusive 0.98 8 Jackie & Robert Dobson Elan 333
70 GBR9887 Electra 0.963 8 Mike Tattersall X-99 MOD
71 GBR3851 Hephzibah 0.956 8 David Lees High Tension 36
72 GBR4365T Dean and Dyball Enigma 0.95 9 Ian Braham MG346
73 GBR221T BlackBerry ® with Catch 22 0.918 7 David Rider Humphreys Custom 27
74 GBR9999T ASAP 0.917 7 Alexander Christie Quarter Ton
75 GBR6880R Alegre 0 0 Andres Soriano Mills 68
76 IRL12345 Tiamat 0 0 Tim Costello Mills43

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