Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Rolex Big Boat Series - IRC North American Championship preview

by Barby MacGowan on 31 Aug 2012
Double Trouble off the Golden Gate Bridge © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com
The 48th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series doubles as the 2012 IRC North American Championship and competition for the IRC classes will be hotter than ever. While the big guns are slinging it out on San Francisco Bay from Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, three one-design classes, a new HPR (High Performance Rule) class and a performance catamaran class also will be sporting some top names in sailing as they fight to take class honors and perhaps one of the event’s six coveted trophies that are accompanied by Rolex timepieces as prizes. The prestigious honor of being named the overall IRC North American Champion will be bestowed on the team with the best performance in the IRC division.

'This is the first IRC North American Championship we’ve been entered in since 2006 and the first ever on board our TP52 Vesper,' said Jim Swartz (Park City, Utah) who won the IRC-A class last year at the Rolex Big Boat Series with this same boat. 'I think it will be tough to beat our performance last year. That was one of the best regattas we’ve ever had, and I just hope to come close to it this year.'

Swartz will have his work cut out for him, with Tom Akin’s (Sausalito, Calif.) newly acquired IRC 52 Meanie making its debut this year. Meanie, which is the sister ship to the 2009 IRC National Champion Vincitore, will be joined by return contender Manouch Moshayedi’s (Corona del Mar, Calif.) IRC 52 Rio, which will take another swipe at the podium after a fourth place finish in 2011.


Brad Copper’s (Pt. Richmond, Calif.) Tripp 43 TNT and Daniel Woolery’s (Alamo, Calif.) King 40 Soozal both took podium finishes at previous IRC North American Championships and will be making their own plays for national class honors in IRC-B.

The IRC-C class will be comprised of the event’s 'fast forties,' which were introduced to the Rolex Big Boat Series in 2011 and will be dual-scored under a new HPR rule this year. They are light-displacement asymmetrical sprit boats that range between 36 and 40 feet, and last year, the J/125 Double Trouble took bullets in all of the class’s seven races with Andy Costello (Pt. Richmond, Calif.) at the helm. This year, Double Trouble’s co-owner with Costello, Peter Krueger (Reno, Nev.), will try to follow in the same footsteps.

'The pressure is huge this year with Andy having done an excellent job in 2011,' said Krueger, who has co-owned the boat with Costello since 2008 and before that competed against him in Beneteaus and Sydney 38s. 'Everyone is looking to me and saying, ‘can we repeat?’ I say, ‘yeah we can repeat!’ We are going to go out there and sail hard. We are looking for an exciting event and, as always, the camaraderie, the friendships and the competitiveness is what makes us come back every year.'


Having racked up an impressive set of victories in Southern California races, Bernard Girod’s (Santa Barbara, Calif.) Farr 400 Rock & Roll will be among some of Double Trouble’s toughest competitors. Also joining IRC-C this year is Steven Stroub’s Santa Cruz Tiburon and Alex Farell’s One Design 35 Alpha Puppy, both of whom will be racing for the first time in IRC after many one-design series outings.

IRC-D will see former winners and old rivals competing, with Gerard Sheridan (San Francisco, Calif.) returning with his Elan 40 Tupelo Honey to defend his 2006 and 2009 class wins.

Other Rolex Big Boat Series veterans returning this year include Henry King’s Custom Frers 40 Jeannette, Frank Morrow’s IMX 38 Hawkeye, Gerry Brown’s Farr 11.6 Mintaka 4 and Wayne Koide’s Sydney 36 Encore. Rolex Big Boat Series website

Colligo Marine 660x82InSunSport - NZNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This day last year…
Around St Katharine Docks, air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as Clipper Race crew said goodbye 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Around St Katharine Docks, the air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as the Clipper 2015-16 Race crew said goodbye to the thousands of well-wishers that gathered to bid them farewell on their round the world adventure.
Posted today at 5:37 am
2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted on 30 Aug
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 30 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug