by Louay Habib
On day two of the RORC IRC National Championship, the fleet took another day trip to Portsmouth with Hayling Shoal chosen as the combat zone. With five races now completed, battle lines are starting to emerge for the five classes racing at the event.
IRC One start - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship
Day Two was another light winds affair with the 54 strong RORC fleet heading once again to the best sailing grounds available. With the wind speed barely reaching 10 knots, starts were important and getting into clear air gave a distinct advantage. However some yachts were over eager with several general recalls and a number of boats were called over the line on individual recalls. Only two of the scheduled three races were sailed today, however the race management team were roundly applauded for getting in two good races with difficult weather conditions.
In IRC Zero Johnny Vincent's TP52, Pace, had a perfect scoreline winning both of today's races by a handsome margin from Sir Keith Mills' TP52, 5 West. 'I have to say Pace is definitely quicker in the light than 5 West,' admitted Pace's navigator, Luke McCarthy. 'Also our crew work was slicker today and our new fast drop system was working very well.'
Magnum 111,Ker 40,GBR 39R,IRC One - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship
In IRC One Andrew Pearce's British Ker 40, Magnum III, has retained the class lead but failed to win either of today’s races. Jeff Blue's Farr 45, Espresso Martini, got a cracking start and got the right side of a wind shift to win the first race of the day. The last race of the day went to Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens. 'I would give the crew 11 out of 10 today,' smiled Piet. 'We got two great starts but it is difficult to make up our time handicap in these conditions but I couldn't have asked any more of the crew today.'
Magnus Leask's Swan 42, Magical Mystery Tour, had a great day on the water scoring two podium finishes to move up to third in class.
Beelzebuth 3,FRA 5040,IRC Two - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship
In IRC Two Olivier Pesci's French Grand Soleil 40, Beelzebuth 3, leads the class after five races. 'Beelzebuth is a heavy boat and difficult to race in light winds but the crew did well today especially at mark roundings keeping the momentum going.'
Peter Rutter's Grand Soleil 43, Trustmarque Quokka, has moved up to second in class whilst Adam Gosling's Corby 36, Yes!, slips a place to third. There were wins today for Richard and Paul Harris' Sydney 36, Tanit, and Andrew Christie's J/111, Icarus.
In IRC Three J/35 Bengal Magic's fantastic championship continued. James Chalmers and his crew from Weymouth scored a win and a second place today to lead the class and have the lowest net points score overall for the entire fleet. Reigning RORC IRC National Champion, David Franks’ JPK 10.10, Strait Dealer, won the first race of the day and placed third in Race 5 to move up to second place by just half a point from Peter Morton's Corby 33, Salvo.
'We have put in a lot of preparation for this event,' commented James Chalmers, skipper of Bengal Tiger, and we are proud to say we are a Weymouth boat and would love to take the silverware back to Dorset but we will have to see how things go tomorrow.'
Induljence,J97,GBR 1497,IRC Four - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship
Nick and Adam Munday's J/97, Induljence, had a perfect scoreline this morning but the Hamble based crew were over the line at the start of the first race of the day and had to go back and the error cost them dearly. However, Induljence are still leading the class but discarding an eighth place means one more slip up will see them move down the leaderboard. Tied on points for second place are Richard Sparrow's J/97, Who's To No, and Michael Kershaw's Half Tonner, Chimp. Alex Eagleton's Half Tonner, Chia Chia, is just a point behind in third.
'My son Adam put in a lot of hard work getting Induljence race prepped and we have all been sailing through the cold winter months to enjoy this weekend's beautiful sunny weather,' commented Nick Adams. 'We are delighted to be doing so well and it really is all down to preparation but we still have one more day to go.'
Tomorrow, Sunday 6th July, marks the last day of the RORC IRC National Championship. A prizegiving after racing will be held to honour the 2013 IRC National Champions.
Raging Bee,JPK 10.10,FRA 38902,IRC Three - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship
2013 RORC IRC National Championship
Kolga,Farr45,GBR 5955T,IRC One - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship
Tonnerre de Breskens 3,Ker 46,NED46,IRC One - 2013 RORC IRC National Championship