Red Funnel concludes

Final report and the latest full results from the RORC easter regatta

Monday April 21st 2003, Author: Trish Jenkins, Location: United Kingdom
Crews racing on the third and final day of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge were relieved when yesterday's near gale force winds gave way to more pleasant conditions today, enabling them to start race 5 of the regatta in brisk force 4-5 North Easterly breezes.

Two races were completed today and although there were several retirements in all classes following yesterday's strong winds, over 60 boats completed the final day of the regatta. These included Lucy MacGregor and her under 18 crew aboard the Elan 333 Panache.

The breeze dropped slightly throughout the afternoon and the sun came out to provide good racing conditions for the final day of the regatta and with two 4th places in races 5 and 6, John Shepherd's Kerr 11.3 Fair Do's V, still managed to take the trophy for overall IRM class winners, three points ahead of Mark Heeley's GBR25 and last year's winners, Nick and Anne Haigh's Too Steamy. Shepherd said: "Racing for us today was not so good as the other two days but overall, it was good fun and a great regatta. The organisation has been fantastic and the sailing has been good with varied conditions."

Winning the IRC Super Zero and Zero class ahead of Chernikeef, who came in 2nd with Wisc 3rd overall, Kit Hobday and his crew on Bear of Britain commented: "I think this regatta is probably unique in its type in the world as a training regatta, which is definitely what we use it for. We were trying out new crew and one or two new sail configurations. The courses have been superb and the race management very good. Generally the RORC races are probably the best run regattas in Europe."

Glenn Bourke, Chief Executive of the Volvo Ocean Race was racing on board IRC1 overall class winners Exabyte 2, the IMX 40. After collecting the Red Funnel pewter trophy he said: "We are pleased, it was hard out there yesterday and a few boats blew out but we managed to do quite nicely. The regatta was well run, the courses were good and our crew confidence grew over the weekend so I was pretty happy really."

The two First 40.7's, Fastwave II and Royal Blue Addict followed in the overall positions in this class, taking 2nd and 3rd place.

Overall winners of IRC2, Tim Harrington's HOD35 Capitali$m also said: "It was hard work out there. Yesterday was good fun but it was the first time for about two years that we have been out in lots of breeze so it was challenging."

IRC3 overall winners, Stuart Broughton's Penultima were 3 points ahead of Sareema after a 4th and 3rd place in today's races. He said: "We had descent breezes and we thoroughly enjoy it all. This is our first main regatta of the season and we were 3rd last time and 1st this, so that was good news for us."

There were 6 protests underway from today's racing, including one lodged by Philippe Bourgeois of the yacht Giselle of Course, who unfortunately retired from the race with serious damage, following a collision with the X-362 Alchemist.

After a successful three-day regatta, the crews of the winning boats from today's two races were presented with the customary Easter egg prizes. Overall winners in all classes were awarded special pewter tankards by Red Funnel's Marketing Director, Olive Glass who commented: "We are delighted to be associated with this long-running regatta and support it as part of our on-going commitment to sailing."

Another special trophy to be awarded at the RORC Annual Dinner in December by Red Funnel includes the perpetual Red Funnel Easter Challenge Prix d'Elegance Trophy. Glynn Williams' Swan 45, Wisc was voted the lucky winner and will receive the trophy in London later this year. They were also the winners of a new trophy presented by Nautor's Swan to the Overall highest place Swan in the regatta.

Complimentary drinks during the presentation were courtesy of Red Funnel Ferries and certainly encouraged a large number of competitors to attend the final ceremony before heading off back to their home ports for the remainder of the Easter holiday.

Summing up the regatta this year, RORC's Racing Manager, Janet Grosvenor commented: "The weather this Easter has give us an amazing amount of variety for crews to deal with, so it's really been a big shakedown. This particular regatta has been running now for a number of years and we have gradually seen the level and standard of racing within the fleet rise. When we started out, it was very much a fun, tuning regatta but now we see more and more of the strong competitive edge of racing coming through. This is very good news for both the Red Funnel Easter Challenge as an event and of course, the sport of sailing itself."

Coach Jim Saltonstall, who ran the post race de-brief sessions also summed up the regatta: "In my opinion the majority of the sailors here at the event have coped well, in fact some of them have coped with it very well. I think from being in a 10-12 knot scenario to running into 30-35 knots has given everyone a very good cross range of weather, sea state and wind direction, it's all been there. They have had it all to battle with and most of the sailors have said they will be back to take part in the regatta again next year."

Provisional Overall Class Winners:

Class Boat Type Owner/Skipper
IRM Fair Do's V Kerr 11.3 John Shepherd
IRC Super Zero + Zero Bear of Britain Farr 52 Kit Hobday/Tim Louis
IRC1 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich
IRC2 Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington
IRC3 Penultima Sunfast 32 Stuart Broughton

Other Prizes & Trophies:
Red Funnel Easter Challenge Prix d'Elegance Trophy:
Yacht Wisc, Glynn Williams, Swan 45 - (To be awarded at the RORC Annual Dinner in Dec)

Nautor's Swan Trophy - Overall highest place Swan in the regatta:
Yacht Wisc, Glynn Williams, Swan 45

IRM Overall:

Boat Type of Boat Owner Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Fair Do's V Ker 11.3 John Shepherd 15 3 1 2 1 4 4
2 GBR25 Farr 40 Mark Heeley 18 2 2 1 DNF11 1 1
3 Too Steamy Farr 40 Nick & Anne Haigh 23 5 7 3 3 3 2
4 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn 27 7 6 5 2 2 5
5 2XL Farr 40 David Murrin 35 1 4 DNF11 DNC11 5 3
6 Roaring Meg IRM 10.7 Tim Dixon & Jon Manly 44 4 3 4 DNC11 DNC11 DNC11
7 Arbitrator Sydney 40 Steven Bailey 47 8 5 DNF11 DNC11 6 6
8 Blue Belle Ker 11.3 Michael Cover 52 9 DNC11 6 4 DNF11 DNC11
9 Panther Mumm 36 James Stableford 54 10 8 DNF11 DNC11 7 7
10 No Respect One Design 35 Christopher & Hannah Neve 61 6 DNF11 DNC11 DNC11 DNC11 DNC11

IRC Overall:

IRC0/Super0 Type of Boat Owner Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Bear of Britain Farr 52 K Hobday / T Louis 10 1 4 1 1 1 2
2 Chernikeeff IMS 50 Marc Fitzgerald 16 5 2 2 2 2 3
3 Wisc Swan 45 Glynn Williams 18 2 1 3 3 5 4
4 Kirribilli First 47.7 Doug & Lynne Flynn 28 3 3 DNF9 DNC9 3 1
5 Minx Corby 41.5 Andrew Ritchie 40 DNF9 DNF9 4 DNF9 4 5
6 Alvine XIII Swan 45 Harry Evans 41 4 5 5 DNC9 DNF9 DNC9
7 Wings of the Wind J - 125 Andrew McIrvine 42 6 6 DNF9 DNC9 6 6
8 McFly Swan 45 Tony Mack 54 DNF9 DNC9 DNF9 DNC9 DNC9 DNC9
IRC1 Type of Boat Owner Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich 11 3 2 2 1 2 1
2 Fastwave II First 40.7 J C P Sailing 15 2 3 4 2 1 3
3 RoyalBlue Addict First 40.7 Ian Handley 18 1 1 3 4 4 5
4 Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 35 5 10 6 ZFG9 3 2
5 Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr 42 6 7 8 ZFG7 6 8
6 Longbow Prima 38 Army Sailing Association 49 8 4 5 DNF20 8 4
7 Salvo Sydney 36 Peter Morton 53 10 5 7 DNC20 5 6
8 Fiona VIII Prima 38 David Geaves 73 4 8 1 DNF20 DNC20 DNC20
9 Ortac First 40.7 407 Racing 83 15 13 12 DNC20 ZFG13 10
10 Shockwave First 40.7 Nick Lutte 85 DNC20 11 DNC20 DNC20 7 7
11 Closing Time Prima 38 David Riley & Andrew Yates 86 11 6 9 DNF20 DNF20 DNC20
12 Ingotism X 412 Bank of England Sailing Club 87 16 DNC20 13 6 12 DNC20
13 In X Celsis X 119 Peter Jones 89 13 14 DNC20 DNC20 11 11
14 Mostly Harmless Prima 38 Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling 98.5 7 DSQ21 10.5 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20
15 Cutting Edge Mills 36 R Lutener / P James / M Elwood 99 DNF20 DNC20 DNF20 DNC20 10 9
16 Oz Privateer Prima 38 Donald Kennedy 101 12 9 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20
17 Jalfrezi J120 Andrew Greenwood 102 9 12 DNF20 DNC20 DSQ21 DNC20
18 Marionette J 120 Chris Dunning 104.5 14 DNF20 10.5 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20
19 White Knuckles Prima 38 Mike Ridley 120 DNF20 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20 DNC20
IRC2 Type of Boat Owner Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington 21 1 6 2 ZFG9 1 2
2 Kier Building with Flair Elan 40 Jim MacGregor 25 2 4 5 1 10 3
3 Owl Humphreys 35 Peter Bruce 45 3 7 18 6 4 7
4 Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield 46 5 1 1 DNF32 3 4
5 Gisele of Course First 36.7 Philippe Bourgeois 51 6 5 12 RDG8.5 11 RDG8.5
6 Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 53 7 OCS32 3 2 ZFG8 1
7 Bump in the Night First 40.7 Duncan Morris 60 9 10 13 8 6 ZFG14
8 Peanut X 332 Jonathan Butler 65 4 DNF32 8 7 8 6
9 Beth of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 65 12 17 9 4 12 11
10 White Knight of Wessex HOD 35 James Neville 68 14 14 11 9 ZFG15 5
11 Malice HOD 35 Michael Moxley 69 16 13 10 5 16 9
12 Alchemist X 362 Colin Baldwin & James Upton 93 8 2 7 DNC32 ZFG11 DSQ33
13 Billy Whiz Sigma 38 Ivan Fawcett 96 21 11 16 10 ZFG26 12
14 Gauntlet of Tamar Sigma 38 Royal Naval Sailing Association 112 19 18 15 DNC32 13 15
15 Aztec Mills 30 Malcolm Goodall 113 23 9 DNF32 DNC32 7 10
16 Exotic X 332 Mike Brand & David Elderfield 116 13 3 4 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32
17 Panache Elan 333 Jim MacGregor 120 DNC32 DNF32 17 11 15 13
18 Dragonfly Too X 332 Armando D'Amico 121 11 8 6 DNF32 DNF32 DNC32
19 Bellerophon of Wight Sigma 38 Amanda Bradbeer 122 26 23 21 12 22 18
20 X-ToSea X 332 Maine & Windmiller 132 10 12 14 DNC32 DNC32 DNC32
21 Flame Sweden 38 Martin Fordham 146 27 22 20 13 DNC32 DNC32
22 Sister Bendy First 36.7 Richard Willetts 147 20 DNF32 DNF32 DNC32 17 14
23 Dragonfly of Bosham Sigma 38 Paul Griffiths 149 22 19 19 DNC32 ZFG25 DNC32
24 Scarlett O'Hara Sunfast 37 David Rider 155 15 20 DNF32 DNC32 ZFG24 DNF32
25 Hot Doris Mount Gay 30 Dominic Hurndall 158 DNF32 DNC32 DNF32 DNC32 14 16
26 Comedy of Errors HOD 35 Alan Wardrop 161 18 15 DNC32 DNC32 DNC32 DNC32
27 Jos of Hamble J 105 Roger Williams 161 17 16 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32 DNC32
28 Vitesse Sigma 38 Simcox / Taunt / England 164 24 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32 ZFG27 17
29 Supernatural Sigma 38 D Brocklebank / G Coull / D Cahill 175 25 21 DSQ33 DNC32 DNC32 DNC32
30 Halcyon Sea Sun Odyssey 40 Diego Frangi 192 DNF32 DNC32 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32 DNC32
30 Mogibear X 402 Gary Richardson 192 DNC32 DNF32 DNC32 DNC32 DNF32 DNF32
IRC3 Type of Boat Owner Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 Penultima Sunfast 32 Stuart Broughton 19 5 3 3 1 4 3
2 Sareema Fulmar Robert McLeod 22 2 7 4 2 2 5
3 Evelyn R Elan 333 Jon Yorke & Rory Carter 28 6 4 2 DNC14 1 1
4 Excalibur Tamara 30 Mike & June Tong 29 4 5 1 DNC14 3 2
5 Software Mistress Sigma 362 Ian Maclean 41 3 1 DNF14 DNC14 5 4
6 Drakes Drum Corby 25 Terry Rowe 48 7 10 5 DNF14 6 6
7 Cas Dehler 34 Philippe Falle 48.5 10.5 8 6 3 7 DNC14
8 Saponetta Sunfast 32 Luca Rubinelli 51.5 10.5 9 7 4 DNC14 7
9 Electra X 99 Mike Tattersall 59 1 2 DNF14 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14
10 Leo Lady Sigma 362 Graham Nixon 65 9 6 OCS14 OCS14 8 DNC14
11 Helena Sun Odyssey 34 Andrew Pickersgill 73 DNF14 DNC14 8 DNC14 9 DNF14
12 Wavelength Sigma 33 Andrew Glasgow 78 8 DNF14 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14
13 Redshift J 80 Edward Fishwick 84 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14 DNC14

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