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RORC IRC National Championship - Fascinating combat zone on day 2

by Louay Habib on 15 Jun 2014
2014 RORC IRC National Championship © Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com http://www.pwpictures.com
The Eastern Solent provided a fascinating combat zone for the second day of racing for the RORC IRC National Championship. A fickle northerly breeze at the start provided shifty conditions before clocking east and building to a solid 15 knots of pressure. During the final race a massive rain squall brought a short sharp intensity to the final race with over 20 knots of wind and driving rain, testing the endurance of the teams. The second day of the championship was full of incident and intense boat-on-boat action. The teams that handled their yachts well, in close quarters and rapidly changing conditions, were the outstanding performers of the day.

In IRC One, Anthony O'Leary's Irish Ker 39, Antix, is the new leader of the class as Mike Bartholomew's South African GP42, Tokoloshe, slipped to second place, four points off the lead. Marc Glimcher's American Ker 40, Catapult, had an excellent day on the water, climbing to third place by virtue of two bullets and a second, beaten by Antix by just 17 seconds. There were podium finishes today for Harmen de Graaf's Dutch Ker 40, Baraka GP, and Stewart Whitehead's Farr 45, Rebel.

Catapult's Boat Captain, Geoff Ewenson from Annapolis USA, spoke about the tactics for the second race of the day. 'The tide was building, across the course from east to west and getting the wrong side of that was not a good option. Even though there was more breeze down tide, we stayed high and that kept us in good shape. The same was true for the tight reach past Lee on Solent. The northerly breeze was being affected by breeze from the east and a significant wind hole was developing. Once again we stayed high to avoid being headed in light air. With clear air we were able to sail faster than the competition and extend our lead.'

In IRC Two, the new leader, after six highly competitive races, is Jim Macgregor's British Elan 410, Premier Flair, pushing yesterday's leader, Kevin Miller's Scottish First 40, Zephyr into second place, just three points off the lead. Adam Gosling's Corby 36, Yes!, had a highly successful day, winning two of today's races to move up to third. There were podium finishes for Corby 37, Aurora, sailed by Roderick Stuart, Peter Morton's JND 35, Salvo, and Paul McNamara Tony Lowes's First 40.7, Incognito. Richard Patrick's First 40, Dusty P, won the last race of the day by just two seconds.


Jim Macgregor, owner of Premier Flair, has been joined this weekend by his daughter Kate, who represented Great Britain at the London Olympic Games, and members of the Poole Yacht Club Youth programme. 'It is always great to sail with my family and Kate was working the bow yesterday. We have a number of youngsters on the boat, some only 16 years old, which brings the average age down! After a long day yesterday, today was always going to be a test of endurance and it ended with four of us going around the leeward mark together, trying to drop spinnakers in a rain squall packing 26 knots, so it was quite a finale. We are delighted to be in the lead but tomorrow should be an interesting day.'

In IRC Three, David Franks British JPK 10.10, Strait Dealer, retained the class lead with three podium finishes today including a win in Race Six, but the best performer today was James Chalmers' J/35, Bengal Magic, which won the first race of the day and followed up the victory with two second places. Willem Shopman's Bashford 36, Intention, scored their first win of the championship, taking Race Five by just 11 seconds and promoting the Dutch team to third place. Strait Dealer has a net points score of just nine after six races, the lowest of any yacht racing at the regatta.

Graham Sunderland, a Solent tide expert, is navigator for Strait Dealer. 'I have never seen such a mixture of mud and clear water on the east end of the plateau before and it produced highly unusual effects, with that wind direction and tidal flow. Race Officer Stuart Childerley and his team did a sensational job - full marks for the courses today. The Strait Dealer team were also great today; with excellent boat handling skills, it makes strategy so much easier.'

In IRC Four, Ian Southworth's Quarter Tonner, Whiskers, had an excellent start to the day, nailing the pin end of the line to win Race Four by a big margin. However a collision in Race Five damaged the rig to such an extent that Whiskers can no longer race. Peter Morton's Half Tonner, Swuzzlebubble, retains the class lead. Giovanni Belgrano's Whooper revelled in the heavy conditions in Race Six to score her first win of the championship and are currently just three points off the lead. Whiskers is lying in third place, however a request for redress may alter the situation.

Racing continues tomorrow for the final day of the RORC IRC National Championship with three more races scheduled before the overall and class champions will be decided.





 

2014 IRC National Championship IRC One

Entries: 13      Races Sailed: 6      Discard: 1

Provisional Results

 

Series Place

Sail No

Boat

Type of Boat

Sailed by

Handicap

Series Points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

1

IRL3939

Antix

Ker 39

 

1.130

10

3

2

1

8

3

1

2

GBR1682R

Tokoloshe II

GP 42

 

1.260

14

1

1

2

7

7

3

3

USA61253

Catapult

Ker 40

 

1.211

16

6

6

8

1

1

2

4

NED40010

Baraka GP

Ker 40

 

1.195

19

2

3

7

2

5

11

5

GBR7745R

Eala Of Rhu

Swan 45

 

1.183

26

4

5

5

4

8

8

6

IRL39000

Zero II

Mills 39

James Gair

1.116

27

14

4

3

5

6

9

7

GBR9160T

Espresso Martini

Farr 45

 

1.216

31.5

9

8.5

6

6

4

7

8

GBR8448R

Rebel

Farr 45

 

1.216

33

10

7

4

10

2

10

9

GBR9181R

Chaos

Mills 43 Custom

Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling

1.175

38.5

5

8.5

10

11

10

5

10

GBR741R

Hooligan VII

Ker 40

 

1.192

42

7

10

9

12

12

4

11

GBR5955T

Kolga

Farr 45

Tim Powell

1.215

49

8

11

11

13

13

6

12

ITA42007

Problem Child

GP 42

 

1.262

56

14

14

14

3

11

14

13

GBR43N

Antilope

Grand Soleil 43

 

1.127

58

14

14

14

9

9

12

 

2014 IRC National Championship IRC Two

Entries: 13      Races Sailed: 6      Discard: 1

Provisional Results

 

Series Place

Sail No

Boat

Type of Boat

Sailed by

Handicap

Series Points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

1

GBR8410R

Premier Flair

Elan 410

 

1.072

10

2

2

1

3

2

8

2

GBR8140C

Zephyr

First 40

 

1.090

13

1

1

5

8

4

2

3

GBR4863R

Yes!

Corby 36

 

1.067

23

14

14

3

1

1

4

4

GBR73R

Salvo

JND 35

 

1.059

27

10

5

2

10

7

3

5

GBR4070L

Incognito

First 40.7

 

1.051

27

8

3

9

7

3

6

6

GBR8601R

Ino

Corby 36

 

1.082

30

5

4

7

9

5

9.5

7

GBR7207T

Playing Around

First 40.7

 

1.055

32

11

7

10

4

6

5

8

GBR7737R

Aurora

Corby 37

Roderick Stuart

1.092

37

3

8

14

2

12

12

9

GBR1111X

Jitterbug

J/111

 

1.094

37

4

9

6

5

13

13

10

GBR7404R

Interceptor Logic

First 40.7

Sailing Logic/Tim Thubron

1.053

40

9

10

4

13

10

7

11

GBR3213L

Dusty P

First 40

 

1.079

43

14

14

14

6

8

1

12

GBR42N

La Réponse

First 40

 

1.083

43.5

6

6

11

12

11

9.5

13

GBR111N

McFly

J/111

 

1.095

46

7

11

8

11

9

11

2014 IRC National Championship IRC Three

Entries: 6      Races Sailed: 6      Discard: 1

Provisional Results

 

Series Place

Sail No

Boat

Type of Boat

Sailed by

Handicap

Series Points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

1

GBR1250N

Strait Dealer

JPK 10.10

 

1.014

9

5

1

1

3

3

1

2

IRL725

Bengal Magic

J/35

 

1.014

13

6

3

5

1

2

2

3

NED7623

Intention

Bashford Howison 36

 

1.047

15

2

2

6

5

1

5

4

GBR2187L

Stiletto

First 35

John Barrett

1.014

18

1

5

4

4

5

4

5

GBR732R

Raygun

Ker 32

 

1.045

18

4

4

2

2

6

6

6

GBR1405R

Elaine

Elan 37

 

1.008

19

3

6

3

6

4

3

 

2014 IRC National Championship IRC Four

Entries: 13      Races Sailed: 6      Discard: 1

Provisional Results

 

Series Place

Sail No

Boat

Type of Boat

Sailed by

Handicap

Series Points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

1

KZ3494

Swuzzlebubble

Half Tonner

 

0.974

8

1

3

1

3

1

2

2

GBR902R

Whiskers

Quarter Tonner

 

0.909

9.6

3

1

4

1

2.3

2.3

3

GBR363R

Whooper

One Off

 

0.915

11

2

2

3

6

3

1

4

GBR5261

Chimp

Half Tonner

 

0.929

26

4

7

7

7

4

4

5

GBR1497R

Induljence

J/97

 

0.979

29

7

4

2

10

14

6

6

ESP3090

Cote

Quarter Tonner

Sam Pearson

0.909

31

6

11

14

4

7

3

7

GBR9250R

Who's To No

J/92

 

0.975

31

5

8

6

8

5

7

8

GBR629R

Cor Blimey

Corby 29

 

0.992

36

8

9

8

2

9

14

9

NZL3311

Blackfun

Quarter Tonner

Tom Forrester-Coles

0.910

40

14

14

14

5

2

5

10

NED118

Winsome

S&S 41

 

0.984

42

14

6

5

11

6

14

11

GBR1397R

Jaslan

J/97

 

0.974

45

10

12

10

9

8

8

12

GBR3033L

Wild Child

Corby 30

 

0.984

47

9

10

9

12

10

9

13

GBR8700R

Phoenix

Quarter Tonner

Penny Fulford

0.910

61

14

5

14

14

14

14

 
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