RORC's Myth of Malham

Light airs make for difficult but intense racing for fleet

Tuesday June 3rd 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: United Kingdom
An early start on Saturday, combined with a long course and light conditions made for a testing Myth of Malham offshore race last weekend.

Of the three courses available the RORC race committee chose the longest one, 154 miles, in what looked to be splendid early summer seabreezes.

The fleet headed off from Cowes and sailed east, around the Nab Tower and then south of the Isle of Wight, round the Needles fairway and then off to Brighton. After a loop from Littlehampton to Brighton and back the course finished off Gilkicker Point, Portsmouth.

Conditions proved to conspire against the fleet with the best breeze early on in the race and then very light conditions prevailing to the finish. Most crews expected to just miss closing time at the pub on Saturday night, but in the end arrived in perfect time for Sunday lunch.

Winner of IRC was Jean Yves Chateau’s Nicholson 33 Iromiguy, which raced in IRC3. This was a good display of disciplined sailing for one of the slower boats in the fleet as numerous others decided enough was enough and retired.

At the big boat end, it was the debut of the new Aera, a Jason Kerr designed 55 for owner Nick Lykiardopulo, who has owned several other Aeras in the past. It couldn’t have gone better for the new boat, taking IRC Super Zero by four minutes on corrected time from Nick Hewson’s well set up Farr 52 Volvo for Life Team Tonic.

The bowman on the Farr 52 Chernikeef 2 will not have been popular with his crew mates after copping a 50% penalty for being OCS at the start.

These three were locked in battle for twenty hours, never more than 300m apart, prompting Pete Selby, navigator on Team Tonic to comment: “This is the most exciting and intensive race we have done for a long time. We were neck and neck with Aera and Chernikeef 2 for most of the race.”

It was the last rounding of the Owers buoy that gave Aera the chance to break free, sailing in slightly better tide and a little more pressure she managed to extend a lead of 500m from the chasing Farrs, which she held to the finish. Team Tonic stuck with Chernikeef 2, unsure what the Kerr 55’s rating was and presuming she was long gone on corrected time. A 500m lead for Team Tonic converted into a seven minute time difference between the Farrs, as the finish stretch was again plagued by light air.

With IRC Super Zero finishing at breakfast time on Sunday, the determined smaller boats stuck it out all the way through to the early evening. The overall results showed that it was IRC class two that were to take the higher spots, with the J109 Jezabel taking second and Jim MacGregor’s successful Elan 40 Flair IV taking third.

This weekend sees the RORC IRC Championship taking place from Cowes. With over 70 boats entered this will be a highly competitive inshore series. IRC Super Zero will have a nice range of hardware on display including the three Farr 52’s, Team Tonic, Chernikeef 2 and Bear of Britain, squaring up against the hot new Kerr 55 Aera.


IRC OVERALL Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 Iromiguy Nicholson 33 Jean-Yves Chateau 1 - 09:42:57 0.916 1 - 06:53:01
2 Jezebel J 109 B Isles & P Swatman 1 - 06:25:54 1.027 1 - 07:15:12
3 Flair IV Elan 40 Jim MacGregor 1 - 06:11:17 1.045 1 - 07:32:47
4 Fastwave II First 40.7 A C P Sailing 1 - 05:38:37 1.071 1 - 07:44:54
5 Doris J of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 1 - 07:18:41 1.017 1 - 07:50:37
6 Gisele of Course First 36.7 Philippe Bourgeois 1 - 07:12:44 1.023 1 - 07:55:48
7 Comedy of Errors HOD 35 Alan Wardrop 1 - 06:39:42 1.042 1 - 07:56:58
8 Sigress Sigma 33 David & Fiona Crawforth 1 - 10:33:32 0.928 1 - 08:04:14
9 Charley J J 120 Charles Ivill 1 - 05:37:00 1.085 1 - 08:08:03
10 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich 1 - 05:26:50 1.096 1 - 08:16:27
IRM OVERALL Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 V F L Team Tonic Farr 52 Nick Hewson 1 - 01:23:17 1.188 1 - 06:09:40
2 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn 1 - 04:50:26 1.048 1 - 06:13:30
3 Bounder IC 45 Chris Little 1 - 03:45:38 1.106 1 - 06:42:11
4 Incisor of Wight Corby 45 Windward Sailing 1 - 05:31:23 1.064 1 - 07:24:45
5 Chernikeeff 2 Farr 52 Marc Fitzgerald 1 - 01:29:11 1.192 1 - 06:22:47

IRC SUPER ZERO Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 Aera Kerr 55 Nick Lykiardopulo 1 - 01:16:31 1.319 1 - 09:20:17
2 Team Tonic Farr 52 Nick Hewson 1 - 01:23:17 1.316 1 - 09:24:38
3 Chernikeeff 2 Farr 52 Marc Fitzgerald 1 - 01:29:11 1.32 1 - 09:38:31
IRC ZERO Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 Jazz J 145 Chris Bull 1 - 02:44:09 1.22 1 - 08:37:04
2 El Gringo Ker 11.3 Nick Hartshorn 1 - 04:50:26 1.158 1 - 09:23:51
3 Hooligan V Max Fun 35 Edward Broadway 1 - 06:25:21 1.109 1 - 09:44:19
IRC ONE Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 Fastwave II First 40.7 A C P Sailing 1 - 05:38:37 1.071 1 - 07:44:54
2 Charley J J 120 Charles Ivill 1 - 05:37:00 1.085 1 - 08:08:03
3 Exabyte 2 IMX 40 Shaun Frohlich 1 - 05:26:50 1.096 1 - 08:16:27
IRC TWO Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 Jezebel J 109 B Isles & P Swatman 1 - 06:25:54 1.027 1 - 07:15:12
2 Flair IV Elan 40 Jim MacGregor 1 - 06:11:17 1.045 1 - 07:32:47
3 Doris J of Fivestar J 109 Five Star Sailing 1 - 07:18:41 1.017 1 - 07:50:37
IRC THREE Type of Boat Owner Elapsed Handicap Corrected
1 Iromiguy Nicholson 33 Jean-Yves Chateau 1 - 09:42:57 0.916 1 - 06:53:01
2 Sigress Sigma 33 David & Fiona Crawforth 1 - 10:33:32 0.928 1 - 08:04:14
3 Boozeroo Thomas 33 Mr Richard Butler 1 - 10:56:51 0.928 1 - 08:25:53

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