To the wire in Class One
The tension was mounting at the start of the final day of the RORC IRC National Championship. The international fleet from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Netherlands and South Africa were waiting to act out the final chapter of the championship. The sea breeze kicked in from the southwest at about 1100 and the fleet got into race mode for the last two races of the championship.
During the day, the southwesterly built from a wispy six knots to a stiff 16 knots with wind over tide, giving the Western Solent some degree of swell; truly sublime racing conditions.
There were dramatic scenes right from the off with a bevy of boats infringing the start line of Race 7. Johnny Vincent’s TP52 Pace was called over the line and got back smartly to not only recover, but to win Race 7. In IRC One there were no less than five boats hauled back to restart.
The RORC IRC Super Zero title was won by Charles Dunstone’s highly impressive TP52 TeamOrigin Rio. Jules Salter, former Ericsson IV navigator, now with Emirates Team New Zealand, was in the afterguard and he had this to say after their win: “It was great to be back sailing in the Western Solent, I can see my house from there! It is a place that I really call home. The tides are pretty well documented but reading the effects on the wind created by the tide is always a challenge, one that I really enjoy, it is a pleasure to sail with Charles and I count many of the crew as good friends.”
In IRC Zero Glynn Williams’ Swan 45 WISC was four points off the lead overnight. WISC took up the challenge, nailing the start of Race 7 and battled all the way to the finish taking the bullet by less than 30 seconds on corrected time. IRC Zero went to the wire. Going into the last race, WISC was level on points with Nick Burns and Fred Kinmouth’s King 40 EFG Bank Mandrake.
John Shepherd’s Ker 46 Fair Do’s VII won the last race of the day, but WISC clinched the IRC National title for Class Zero after coming home second.
‘It is a big, big, big, win,” declared Glynn Williams. “When we saw the fantastic opposition in the fleet, our expectation before the start was top four, so to come here and win is very satisfying indeed. Kevin Sproul did a marvellous job at the back, as he always does but the whole crew should be congratulated; there is not a gram of emotional baggage on board, they are all a pleasure to sail with.”
In IRC One Dave Dwyer’s Mills 39 Marinerscove.ie continued their relentless onslaught, notching up win number four in Race 7. Peter Rutter’s Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8 was a solid second, but a battle went to the wire for third place between four boats who will be racing in the Rolex Commodores’ Cup: Christopher Opielok’s Corby 36 Rockall III, Robert Davies’ Corby 36 Roxy 6 and Philippe Delaporte’s J/122 Pen Azen. In the last race Rockall III overhauled their rivals to clinch third place.
Marinerscove.ie was also declared overall RORC IRC National Champion. Successfully retaining their title, a feat only ever achieved once before by Justin Slawson’s Big Cheese in 2001.
Andy Beadsworth has a long association with David Dwyer commented: “Before the championship we decided that we would judge our performance by how well we sailed rather than the result and that still stands. I believe that we covered the basics well and got our risk strategy right. The crew work has improved since we won last year and a lot of that is down to a determined effort by everyone on board to reach and maintain a high standard of boat handling. That has enhanced our boat speed which is a crucial area in any kind of yacht racing. Marinerscove.ie is in great shape for the Rolex Commodores’ Cup.”
Chris and Hannah Neve’s No Chance has had a cracking championship and blew the opposition away with a bullet and a second to take the IRC Two title by a healthy margin. It was evident why they have been chosen to represent England for the forthcoming Rolex Commodores’ Cup. No Chance was also awarded the Jackdaw Trophy for second best yacht overall in IRC.
“Overwhelmed, it’s absolutely fantastic to win against such high class opposition, we are so up for the Rolex Commodores’ Cup,” declared a delighted Hannah Neve.
In IRC Three, Louise Morton, steering Anchor Challenge. was first in class beating two other Quarter Tonners; James Morland’s Menace and Mark Lees’ Espada, into second and third respectively. Louise was not sailing her usual boat Espada, but her sistership Anchor Challenge, which is usually sailed by Peter Morton, on duty at the IRC Nationals aboard TeamOrigin Rio. “We are obviously delighted with the win and it was great to sail Anchor Challenge," she said. "We decided to sail her because she is a far more tweaky boat than Espada with additional systems such as halyard locks, but I feel that the greater sail area is more suited to the boys, who weigh a fair bit more than the my all girl crew.”
Racing continues for the Royal Ocean Racing Club, on Friday 2 July with the 164 mile Cowes–Dinard–St Malo Race in association with UNCL, Yacht Club de Dinard, Société Nautique de la Baie de St. Malo and the Royal Yacht Squadron as part of the RORC Season’s Points Championship.
|1||TEAMORIGIN Rio||TP 52||Charles Dunstone||1.375||1||1||1||1||2||2||3||1||9|
|2||Pace||TP 52||Johnny Vincent||1.374||2||2||2||2||3||3||1||2||14|
|3||Bob||Farr 52||R Gray & S Laidlaw||1.316||3||3||3||2||1||1||2||3||15|
|1||WISC||Swan 45||Glynn Williams||1.189||2||3||6||1||2||11||1||2||17|
|2||EFG Bank Mandrake||Mills 40||N Burns & F Kinmonth||1.149||1||1||9||6||1||1||5||7||22|
|3||Tokoloshe||King 40||Michael Bartholomew||1.12||7||9||2||2||3||4||4||6||28|
|4||Antix||Ker 39||Anthony O'Leary||1.126||5||4||1||4||10||6||15||3||33|
|5||Antilope||Grand Soleil 43||Willem Wester||1.115||4||6||4||7||5||7||3||4||33|
|6||Fair Do's VII||Ker 46||John Shepherd||1.191||8||2||5||8||7||3||10||1||34|
|7||Dark & Steamy||DK 46||Nick Haigh||1.204||6||5||7||5||6||12||2||5||36|
|8||Blondie IV||King 40||Anthony Day||1.121||3||7.5||3||3||11||9||8||8||41.5|
|9||Jeronimo||J 133||Jackie Dobson||1.129||10||7.5||8||9||4||8||7||10.5||53.5|
|10||Weerga||King 40||Wessel Liezenga||1.116||11||11||11||10||12||5||6||9||63|
|11||Erivale III||Ker 39||Michael Greville||1.117||9||10||10||11||8||13||11||10.5||69.5|
|12||Paragon||Ker 11.3||Seb Blair||1.159||15||15||15||12||9||2||12||12||77|
|14||Atomic of Cowes||Farr 45||Tony Langley||1.226||15||15||15||15||15||15||15||15||105|
|1||Marinerscove.ie||Mills 39||David Dwyer||1.111||1||1||3||1||2||2||1||2||10|
|2||Quokka 8||Grand Soleil 43||Peter Rutter||1.104||2||2||1||3||8||16||3||3||22|
|3||Rockall III||Corby 36||Christopher Opielok||1.074||6||8.5||6||2||1||6||9||6||35.5|
|4||Roxy 6||Dale Corby 36||Robert Davies||1.07||11||5||2||7||4||4||6||10||38|
|5||Pen Azen||J 122||Philippe Delaporte||1.089||4||7||5||4||12||1||7||21||40|
|6||Gaia||JND 35||Bernard Moureau||1.065||8||4||8||11||5||3||8||5||41|
|7||La Reponse||First 40||A McIrvine & P Morton||1.085||12||3||4||5||9||11.5||21||1||45.5|
|8||Passion||Elan 410||Jim Macgregor||1.067||5||8.5||7||13||6||8||2||11||47.5|
|9||Portia||First 40.7||Andrew Iyer||1.066||7||11||9||9||3||9||10||8||55|
|10||Coup De Coeur||First 40||M de Saint Denis & G Trentesaux||1.083||3||6||10||10||16||5||13||9||56|
|11||Allard Natural Stone||Sydney 39||Rudi Floridor||1.1||9||12||14||8||7||19||4||4||58|
|12||Artemis||Grand Soleil 43||Paul Turner||1.087||10||10||12||16||17||11.5||15||7||81.5|
|13||Incognito||First 40.7||Paul McNamara||1.061||21||21||21||6||11||7||5||12||83|
|14||Jua Kali||Grand Soleil 43||Dominic Hurndall||1.097||19||13.5||11||15||19||13||11||14||96.5|
|15||Tradition Philosophie IV||First 40.7||Nicolas Gaumont-Prat||1.064||13||13.5||13||19||21||15||12||13||98.5|
|16||Interceptor Of Swanage||First 40.7||Stuart Wilkie||1.065||17||18||15||12||10||20||19||15||106|
|17||Encore||First 40.7||Steven Anderson||1.061||15||16||16||14||13||18||14||18||106|
|18||Deliverance 2||Dehler 39||Chris Shipman||1.073||14||15||18||18||14||17||17||17||112|
|19||Cracklin Rosie||Corby 40||Brian Wilkinson||1.107||16||19||19||17||15||10||18||21||114|
|20||Biela||Comet 41S||Richard Barnes||1.086||18||17||17||20||18||14||16||16||116|
|1||No Chance||First 35||Chris and Hannah Neve||1.032||1||2||3||6||3||2.5||1||2||14.5|
|2||Waterjet.co.uk||A 35||Steve Northmore||1.032||2||19||2||8||4||2.5||2||1||21.5|
|3||Mongoose||First 34.7||Tom Snowball||0.997||3||7||5||1||7||4||7||3||30|
|4||Stiletto||First 35||J Barrett & P Woodward||1.021||4||3||9||2||5||8||3||6.5||31.5|
|5||Prime Time||A 35||M Alperovitch & J Huillard||1.033||11||1||1||10||1||6||19||5||35|
|6||Yeoman of Wight||J 109||David Aisher||1.031||13||5||7||4.5||2||1||8||9||36.5|
|7||Elaine||Elan 37||Mike Bridges||1.017||10||4||6||4.5||12||7||6||11||48.5|
|8||Thrust||Prism 28||Malcolm Struth||1.009||8||8.5||13||11||13||5||5||4||54.5|
|9||Banshee||Corby 33||Lance Adams||1.043||16||19||4||3||6||11||14||6.5||60.5|
|10||Xcitable||X 362||Peter Hodgkinson||1.016||5||10||10||7||11||9||10||15||62|
|11||Madraco||First 34.7||Richard Lewis||1.003||7||6||12||14||9||10||9||10||63|
|12||High Tension||J 109||Andrew Given||1.016||14||11||11||12||8||14||4||8||68|
|13||Malice||HOD 35||Mike Moxley||1.031||15||12||8||9||10||12||13||13||77|
|14||The Geek !||Stewart 30||Ian Langston||1.014||6||8.5||14||13||15||13||12||12||78.5|
|15||Tontin||A 35||Wouter Borghijs||1.03||9||13||15||15||19||19||11||19||101|
|16||Sunshine||Ker 9M||Malcolm Roberts||1.056||17||14||16||16||14||15||16||14||105|
|17||Brio||Elan 380||Tim Barnett||1.028||12||15||17||17||16||16||15||16||107|
|18||Newton's Wonder||J 109||David Ballantyne||1.032||18||19||19||19||17||17||17||17||124|
|1||Anchor Challenge||Quarter Tonner||Louise Morton||9||3||2||3||1||1||1||1||0.917|
|2||Menace||Quarter Tonner||James Morland||14||2||1||4||5||2||2||3||0.892|
|3||Espada||Quarter Tonner||Mark Lees||18||5||3||6||2||3||3||2||0.901|
|4||Jika Jika||J 97||Mike & Jamie Holmes||20||1||5||1||3||5||6||5||0.983|
|5||Chimp||Half Tonner||Michael Kershaw||22||4||4||2||4||4||5||4||0.93|
|6||Who's To No||J 92||Richard Sparrow||33||6||6||5||6||6||4||6||0.983|
|7||Wizard||J 92||William Howard||42||7||7||7||7||7||7||7||0.984|
|8||Great Bear IV 1/4||Quarter Tonner||Graham Hetherington||60||10||10||10||10||10||10||10||0.908|
|8||Runaway Bus||Quarter Tonner||Paul Kelsey||60||10||10||10||10||10||10||10||0.892|
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