Blustery finale

Breezy conditions for final day of Chartering International IRC Nationals

Sunday June 8th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
With a forecast promising winds of Force 4-5, possibly 6 or 7, the fleet set off from the start line near Fastnet Insurance in a southwesterly breeze, blowing 3-4, with the sun shining on them. Ever eager to get on, the Class Zero & Super Zero boats were early at the start en masse and a general recall sent them away to await a new start sequence after the Class 3 start.

Class 1 made a clean start and White Knuckles (Mervyn Hughes) stole a march on Exabyte 2 (Shaun Frohlich) to lead by half a minute at the first mark, with Royal Blue Addict (Ian Handley) and Longbow (sailed by Stuart Smith) closely contending third and fourth places. Exabyte 2 held on to her position, to take second place on corrected time, but was overhauled by Bare Knuckles (Robert Gateshill), who took first, with Kylidh (Guy Spurr) taking her second prize of the regatta.

Two of the Class 2 boats again found themselves on the wrong side of the line at the start, with the Z flag flying and paid the penalty. The Office (Nigel Musto) took first place, followed by the consistent Flair IV (Jim MacGregor) and Highland Spirit (Hamish Oliphant), with new boat Voodoo Chile (Eamon Crosbie) one minute behind.

Not to be left out, three of the Class 3 boats decided to be over the line before the start, including one of the contenders, Excalibur (Mike & June Tong), which left Abrasive (Paul Hirst & Ashley Taylor) to take first place. Disko Trooper (Robert Garlick & Will Hamilton) took the second place and Software Mistress (Ian Maclean) took third, but neither took advantage of the results, choosing not to compete in the final race.

Still eager, the Zero & Super Zero Class suffered a general recall, and with the wind building and veering, the Race Committee decided to lay a different start line before sending them away. When the big boats finally got away, the strong conditions turned the form book on its head, with Chernikeeff 2 (Peter Harrison) taking line honours (and first place), nearly two minutes ahead of Bear of Britain (Kit Hobday/Tim Louis) and Volvo For Life Team Tonic (Nick Hewson), with Aera (Nick Lykiardopulo) another two minutes further back. The IC45s, Wolf (Glynn Williams) and Rebel (Peter Morton) took the other podium places on corrected time.

Crew work on Aera continued to show its strength when, in the pre-start sequence for the first race, her boom section folded. The crew took down the main and the boat was the first to the windward mark, despite not getting its trysail pulling until just five boat lengths short of the mark. Downwind the boat was restricted to using a tacked down assymetric.

The increasing wind strength started to take its toll on gear, with 12 boats deciding that they would not complete the first race of the day, even before the Zero and Super Zero boats had started. Close quarters racing in gusting conditions caused Crackerjack and Kirribilli V to collide, with Crackerjack retiring from the race; Kirribilli also retired, but the resulting damage forced her out of the remaining race.

The weather and/or discretion taking their toll on the fleet, the starting line up for the last race of the Chartering International IRC Championship saw only two-thirds of the Zero & Super Zero Boats cross the line, less than half of Class 1, and one-third each of Classes 2 & 3. All the classes started cleanly and cautiously, with carefully selected sails. I-site (Robbie Cameron-Davies) chose a well-cut trysail and number three jib for the windward legs, along with Aera which, despite using a similar sailplan, again managed to reach the first mark ahead of its rivals.

The final race was finished in a consistent Force 6, with top speeds in the region of 33-34 knots, despite which, most of those that started managed to stay the course. In the Zero & Super Zero Class, Bear of Britain took first place, with rival Chernikeeff 2 taking second, and Aera holding on for third.

In Class 1, Exabyte continued its run of form to take first place and the overall class prize, with Royal Blue Addict second in the race and Assassin third.

Highland Spirit waited until the last race to achieve her first place in Class 2, leading home Capitali$m (Tim Harrington), taking his first podium position, and Flair IV. Despite winning the final race, Excalibur wasn’t able to better Abrasive, who held on to win the class by just three points.


Pos Sail no Boat Type Skipper Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot
IRC SZ and Z
1 GRE55 Aera Ker 55 Nick Lykiardopulo 1.319 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 9
2 GBR552R Volvo For Life Team Tonic Farr 52 Nick Hewson 1.316 2 2 3 9 3 2 5 4 21
3 GBR521R Bear of Britain Farr 52 Kit Hobday / Tim Louis 1.318 5 3 5 6 2 20 8 1 30
4 GBR52R Chernikeeff 2 Farr 52 Peter Harrison 1.32 4 9 6 7 4 9 1 2 33
5 GBR745R Wolf IC 45 Glynn Williams 1.234 6 13 11 2 8 3 2 6 38
6 GBR1104L I-Site Ker 11.3 Robbie Cameron-Davies 1.158 3 7 4 8 13 4 6 9 41
7 GBR6R Crackerjack Swan 45 Keith Miller 1.191 8 4 2 5 7 13 20 7 46
8 GBR8448R Rebel IC 45 Peter Morton 1.232 9 6 7 12 20 7 3 5 49
9 GBR8833R Nimmo Dubois 37 John Killeen 1.105 7 11 8 11 9 5.5 7 20 58.5
10 GBR4519L Jazz J 145 Chris Bull 1.22 14 12 12 4 5 15 15 20 77
11 GBR8940R Farrfalina Farr 40 foot Rob Goddard 1.165 16 15 14 13 14 8 12 8 84
12 GBR9536R Thunder 2 Mills 36 Donald Wilks & Kieron O'Connell 1.114 13 16 20 3 6 10 20 20 88
13 GBR9050R Alvine XIII Swan 45 Harry Evans 1.192 11 14 15 14 17 12 8 20 91
14 GBR1105L Minnie The Moocher Ker 11.3 Anthony Richards 1.158 10 13 10 10 15 14 20 20 92
15 GBR1101L Cracker Ker 11.3 David Pinner 1.158 15 10 13 17 11 9 18 20 93
16 GBR7000T Kirribilli First 47.7 Doug & Lynne Flynn 1.139 12 8 9 16 10 20 20 20 95
17 GBR9641R El Syd BH 41 Ian McKinney 1.132 17 17 20 15 12 11 20 20 112
18 GBR1035L No Respect One Design 35 Christopher & Hannah Neve 1.13 18 18 16 18 16 16 20 20 122
19 GBR9210L Minx Corby 41.5 Andrew Ritchie 1.172 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 140
IRC 1
1 GBR940R Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich 1.096 11 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 9
2 GBR6514N Bare Knuckles Prima 38 Robert Gateshill 1.084 1 2 1 5 6 7 1 21 23
3 GBR4206T Assassin J 39 Peter Jackson 1.069 10 6 8 2 2 4.5 5 3 30.5
4 GBR8170R RoyalBlue Addict First 40.7 Ian Handley 1.073 8 13 4 4 3 3 7 2 31
5 GBR6513N Longbow Prima 38 Army Sailing Association 1.089 3 5 6 12 14 6 4 6 42
6 GBR9495R Circus Seaquest 36 Andrew Webster 1.087 5 10 7 3 11 8 6 5 44
7 GBR39R Magnum II IMX 40 Andrew Pearce 1.095 9 7 9 8 4 4.5 11 21 52.5
8 GBR2R Fastwave II First 40.7 A C P Sailing 1.071 2 3 5 11 5 11 21 21 58
9 GBR6830T Beam On     Beneteau 40.7 Stuart & Jane Hemingway 1.073 4 13 10 6 13 10 9 21 65
10 GBR6515N Kylidh Prima 38 Guy Spurr 1.089 14 16 21 15 18 2 3 4 72
11 GBR1381R Mostly Harmless Prima 38 Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling 1.089 6 8 11 9 10 19 12 21 75
12 GBR6501N White Knuckles Prima 38 Mervyn Hughes 1.089 13 11 12 13 9 12 21 21 91
13 GBR9099R Push the Tempo Bull 9000 Waveplane Massive 1.075 12 17 14 7 8 14 21 21 93
14 GBR1407R Shockwave First 40.7 Nick Lutte 1.073 16 14 21 21 15 9 10 21 106
15 GBR1530R Moonshine Mumm 30 Jack Kelly 1.078 15 16 21 14 7 21 13 21 107
16 GBR66R Dickies Yacht Sales Sinergia 40 Nigel Biggs 1.093 21 4 3 21 21 21 21 21 112
17 GBR7753T Gusto IV Prima 38 Andrew Hinton-Lever 1.089 11 15 13 16 17 20 21 21 113
18 GBR6505N Firestorm Prima 38 Jonathan Perry 1.089 21 21 21 10 12 21 8 21 114
19 GBR38R Bornslippy 2 Prima 38 Team ORL 1.089 21 21 21 17 16 13 21 21 130
20 GBR9380R Forward Thinking Reflex 38 Geoffrey West 1.067 17 18 15 21 21 21 21 21 134
IRC2
1 GBR1404R Flair IV Elan 40 Jim MacGregor 1.045 1 8 3 4 7 1 2 3 21
2 GBR9638R Highland Spirit Corby 35 Hamish Oliphant 1.035 8 3 2 7 19 2 3 1 26
3 GBR378T The Office Ker 9m Nigel Musto 1.044 6 4 7.5 22 10 11 1 7 46.5
4 GBR9319R Jazolo J 109 Robert Shaw 1.033 14 9 13 1 6 7 7 5 48
5 IRL1666 Obsession V First 36.7 Barry & David Rose 1.028 3 12 6 3 11 16 9 4 48
6 3181C Menenes Swan 441 Graham Deegan 1.04 2 11 5 12 12 10 6 33 58
7 GBR7712R Zarafa HOD 35 Peter Scholfield 1.04 5 6 7.5 17 8 17 5 33 65.5
8 GBR8233T Glide-X X 332 Ian Dawson 1.002 4 8 11.5 9 5 21 14 33 72.5
9 GBR7714R White Knight of Wessex HOD 35 James Neville 1.036 12 14 14 10 13 25 8 8 79
10 IRL3232 Voodoo Chile Kerr 32 Eamon Crosbie 1.033 33 33 1 2 3 6 4 33 82
11 GBR9359R Capitali$m HOD 35 Tim Harrington 1.038 9 15.5 18 27 4 15 22 2 85.5
12 GBR1323R X-Therapist X 332 Russell Hodgson 1.000 10 10 4 18 21 14 10 33 87
13 GBR7722R Carpetbagger HOD 35 Michael Ronson 1.04 7 7 11.5 14 18 16 15 33 88.5
14 GBR7357T Reckless Rat X 332 Tom Peters 0.997 33 1 9 11 17 20 11 33 102
15 GBR1338R X-Factor X 332 Paul Woodward & John Barrett 0.999 13 11 15 8 16 22 17 33 102
16 GBR7349R Exotic X 332 Mike Brand & David Elderfield 1 11 13 25 16 15 16 12 33 108
17 GBR60R Jeronimo J 109 Jonathan & Lisa Goring 1.032 21 21 23 6 1 27 13 33 112
18 GBR8185T Big Boys Toys Corby 33 Andrew Percival 1.029 20 23 21 15 22 19 23 6 126
19 GBR8500R Brightwork X 332 Graham Fairhall 1 15 15.5 16 13 14 29 33 33 135.5
20 GBR7824T Bump in the Night First 40.7 Duncan Morris 1.027 33 18 28 5 2 26 26 33 138
21 GBR4040L Deuce Elan 40 Martin & Maureen Gee 1.054 19 20 10 21 23 33 18 33 144
22 GBR1509R Judgement Day J 109 Nigel & Suzie Brooke 1.027 33 33 20 20 9 19 21 33 155
23 IRL811 Aztec Mills 30 Malcolm Goodall 1.023 16 17 31 19 25 24 33 33 165
24 GBR7031T Sanguma Ker 31 Chris Walmsley 1.048 18 19 17 23 24 33 33 33 167
25 GBR7322R Peanut X 332 Jonathan Butler 0.996 17 28 33 25 20 32 19 33 174
26 GBR4709R Joyride J 109 Michael Jones 1.036 22 24 24 26 33 23 22 33 174
27 GBR6586R Hot Doris Mount Gay 30 Dominic Hurndall 1.041 33 33 33 24 28 33 24 9 184
28 GBR979R Malice HOD 35 Michael Moxley 1.039 24 25 26 28 26 28 33 33 190
29 GBR8287 Euphorix Sigma 38 Joanna Martin 0.995 33 33 33 29 27 24 33 33 212
30 GBR5167T Audacious Jod 35 Paul Peggs 1.031 23 26 33 33 33 33 33 33 214
31 GBR4L Doris J of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 1.017 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 231
31 GBR9029 Rainmaker Lightwave 395 Julian Charles Nichols 1.05 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 231
IRC3
1 GBR1366T Abrasive Limbo 9.9 Paul Hirst & Ashley Taylor 0.983 2 5 3 3 2 10 1 2 18
2 GBR1169T Excalibur Tamara 30 Mike & June Tong 0.932 4 2 2 5 3 4 5 1 21
3 GBR9887 Electra X 99 Mike Tattersall 0.988 1 3 1 4 6 1 6 12 22
4 GBR9610 Disko Trooper Impala 28 Robert Garlick & Will Hamilton 0.893 5 1 6 6 5 6 2 12 31
5 GBR9928 Software Mistress Sigma 362 Ian Maclean 0.958 12 12 12 1 1 2 3 12 43
6 GBR9664R Penultima Sunfast 32 Stuart Broughton 0.954 8 7 5 8 4 3 10 12 45
7 GBR1197T Leda Laser 28 Lance Tucker 0.91 3 6 4 10 10 7 6 12 46
8 GBR7555 Tsunami Bolero T/R Roger Swinney 0.87 7 9 8 2 7 9 7 12 49
9 GBR1242T Sareema Fulmar Robert McLeod 0.899 6 4 7 9 9 5 10 12 50
10 GBR443 Cas Dehler 34 Philippe Falle 0.937 9 8 9 7 8 8 11 12 60

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