sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : RORC Channel Race

RORC Channel Race

The Channel Race started in a very light south westerly breeze of about four to six knots, and the race was to prove highly tactical. Tidal strategy was of course vital, but wind strategy was at least equally important. It was a day for keeping your head out of the boat.

Inevitably some boats parked up for a while, but the fleet enjoyed some sparkling sailing with the breeze getting up to about 12 knots on Saturday afternoon in beautiful sunshine and a wonderful night sail, in the Channel, under a carpet of stars. The breeze held out for the majority of the fleet through to Sunday morning.

Nick and Suzi Jones had a terrific race in their First 34.7 Astarte winning Class Three, Two Handed and the overall IRC Prize.

'It was a hard race but very enjoyable.' Commented Suzi Jones. I think the defining point of the race was keeping Astarte going during the night and the early hours of the morning. We managed to just keep her going forward all the time and concentrated on changing the gears when we found the breeze to make the best use of it.'

'I have to say, Suzi deserves a lot of praise for the win.' Admitted Nick Jones. 'She just wouldn’t give up and kept the boat going. I hope the RORC are going to give us free tickets to pick up the prize at the RORC members Cocktail Party, as I have a feeling that Suzi will be after a new dress after this win!'

In Super Zero the young crew form the RYA Keelboat Programme, racing TP52, John Merricks II flourished in the light conditions, beating Piet Vroon’s Lutra 56, Formidable 3 into second place for the second year running. Derek Saunders’ Custom 60,Venomous was third.

In Class Zero, Mike Greville’s Ker 39, Erivale III, scored yet another class win which sees them back on top of the Overall RORC Season’s Points Championship. French Rolex Commodores’ Cup entry, Jean-Claude Nicoleau’s IMX 45, Codiam was second and Ric Searle’s Stimson 42, Global Yacht Racing was third.

Phillipe Falle and his Puma Logic crew have only just returned from ACC Bank Cork Week but the sailing school’s Reflex 38 was in good form, sailing well, to take Class One from Philippe Delaporte’s J/122 Pen Azen. The Army Sailing Association’s Archamboult 40, British Soldier continued their consistent form with a third place.

Harry Heist’s and his crew on S&S 41, Winsome were delighted with a class win, as one of the heaviest boats in his class, the light airs conditions would have not been favourable for the team from Holland. Harry Heist commented: 'It was an innovative course but I think it was the correct decision. If we had continued sailing west in the Solent further than Lymington, many of the competitors would have started to go backwards on the tide.

By turning back towards the west, all of the boats left the Solent in a correct manner with several different tactical options available. If we had started later, there was the possibility that the there would have been no wind in the Solent to get out into the Channel.' In second place in Class Two was John Loden’s HOD 35 Psipsina who was also sailing two handed and in third was Robin Taunt’s J/105, Jibe taking their first podium finish of the year.

It tricky to set a course of any length in light airs especially where tidal effects play such a huge part, as Racing Manager Ian Loffhagen explained:

'Designing a course when the weather forecast shows little wind to play with is always difficult, but from the start we realised that with only two hours of favourable tide, at least half the fleet would be out of the race if they failed to make Hurst Narrows in time. Hence our decision to start to the west but then return east with the tide. It was a very busy morning for Royal Yacht Squadron starts so it was important to get the fleet away on time. We were very pleased that the course worked out pretty well for most of the fleet.'




by Louay Habib

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=46936

7:31 PM Sun 27 Jul 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

18 Jun 2013  Sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad
17 Jun 2012  IRC National Championship - Ballistic conditions on Day 2 + Video
28 Mar 2012  Solo Offshore Racing - Truant wins first race
19 Jun 2011  Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series overall
08 Apr 2011  Audi Sydney to Newcastle images by Andrea Francolini
06 Apr 2011  RORC Easter Challenge ­- A golden opportunity for sailors
26 Feb 2011  RORC Caribbean 600 coming of age
14 Nov 2010  OPA Offshore Racing Series 2010 - Versus to broadcast series
15 Oct 2009  Rolex Middle Sea warm up Race
21 Jun 2009  Spain's Calima - Javier Pujol winner of the Giraglia Race
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT