sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : RORC Easter Challenge - Plenty of action keeps crews busy
RORC Easter Challenge - Plenty of action keeps crews busy


'2013 RORC Easter Challenge'    RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com

The RORC Easter Challenge got underway in the central Solent with 13-17 knots of shifting easterly breeze blowing this Good Friday and plenty of action to keep the crews busy and despite Easter Sunday looming, the UK still remains in deepest winter with Arctic winds dropping the chill factor below freezing. The two opening races were held in the central Solent off Hill Head.

The UK season opener for the Royal Ocean Racing Club traditionally doubles as a training regatta in preparation for the season ahead. As ever guru Jim Saltonstall is running the coaching with his team including ex-Olympic Soling sailor Barry Dunning and RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen. For the RORC Easter Challenge, the outside assistance rule is waived allowing Saltonstall and his team to provide coaching mid-race, while as ever his post-race debriefs, with accompanying video showing the highlights and horrors of the day, are standing room only affairs.

2013 RORC Easter Challenge -  RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com  
After today's races RORC Easter Challenge regular Simon Henning and his Farr 45, Alice II, are the runaway leaders in IRC One, winning today's second race and third in the first. This year Alice II is in good company with two other Farr 45s to race, plus a trio of Ker 40s.

On the water it has been the 52 footers leading the charge around the race course. The RORC Easter Challenge is the first competitive outing for 5°West, the former TeamOrigin TP52, helmed by Sir Keith Mills and featuring a studded crew led by Volvo Ocean Race sailor Robert Greenhalgh and with Laser Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison calling tactics.

Mills spearheaded the London bid to host last year's Olympic Games. 'Now the Olympics are over I have a bit more time and I thought I'd give the TP52 a go this season. It's nice to get back on the water,' he said.

5° West currently lies in fourth place in IRC One after a disappointing opening race when they missed a wind shift. 'It was a good warm-up day for us,' said Mills, who admits he is on a steep learning curve helming. 'Now we just have to get the crew topped up with anti-freeze for tomorrow and we'll be in good shape.'

Having a tougher time today was the Farr 52 Toe in the Water, skippered by Lloyd Hamilton and with fastest man non-stop around the world, Brian Thompson, calling tactics. The Toe in the Water crew is mostly from the forces, and includes two injured servicemen and one woman from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Headley Court.

'Today was good,' commented Thompson. 'We had two practice starts which both went well. Then the first proper start was great except we touched the pin with our guard rail so we had to turn around and we were playing catch up from there.'

They redeemed themselves in the second race when Toe in the Water was nipping at 5°West's heels. 'At the last windward mark we were crossing tacks with them. So that was great progress from only having sailed together for the first time yesterday,' concluded Thompson.

2013 RORC Easter Challenge -  RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com  
IRC Two is being led by South African Mike Bartholomew's King 40 Tokoloshe, which won today's second race. However the first was claimed by another Mills design, Zero II.

Previously campaigned as marinercove.ie and in last year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup as Dignity, this 39 footer is now owned by the Cowes Race School and skippered by James Gair. Zero II's crew, experienced racers who are paying their way, was competing together for the first time today, so winning race one was a welcome result.

'I love the format because you get the practice starts, it gets the team communication going - it is a great way to start the regatta,' said Gair, adding that today's races were challenging - aside from the bitter cold, there was a spring tide running.

Sadly Zero II was unable to follow up their success suffering 'a multitude of breakages' in race two. This included breaking a jib sheet and having to unwind 'the biggest kite twist you've ever seen, which took half the run to sort out,' as Gair described it.

David Franks and his JPK 1010 Strait Dealer are lining up to repeat last year's record of straight bullets at the RORC Easter Challenge. They won both today's races and lead IRC Three from Peter Morton's Corby 33 Salvo and the Irish J/35 Bengal Magic, skippered by James Chalmers.

The HOD 35, Malice, lies fifth. 'We had a couple of third rate starts but the standard of racing is very good,' said skipper Mike Moxley. 'Strait Dealer and Salvo are sailing extremely well, so no complaints at all.' Moxley hopes that the wind gets lighter as it is forecast to tomorrow, as this will suit them better.

Another lower rated HOD 35 is leading IRC Four in Peter Schofield's Zarafa. Like Strait Dealer she also notched up two race wins today to lead IRC Four from Neil Cash and Nick Haigh's First 34.7, Altura & Steamy.

They may be among the smallest boats competing in this year's RORC Easter Challenge but one of the best competitions is occurring between the trio of Quarter Tonners. Here Sam Laidlaw on Aguila is lying fifth, three points ahead of Cote, skippered by his former Farr 52 co-owner Rob Gray.

'It was great fun,' said Gray of today's racing. 'Once you got going you forgot about the cold and it was nicely arranged and everyone had a lot of fun. There was a huge amount of tide running and it was a bit of an each way thing whether to say inshore or stay out and play the shifts. I think both worked at different times of the day. But thanks to everybody who put it on - I'm glad there are so many yachts have turned out.'

Another bracing day of racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 1000.

2013 RORC Easter Challenge -  RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com  

2013 RORC Easter Challenge -  RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com  

2013 RORC Easter Challenge -  RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.com  



Series Place

Sail No

Boat

Type of Boat

Owner

Handicap

Series Points

RORC Caribbean 600
PF1.4

1

USA50009

Privateer

Cookson 50

Ron O'Hanley

1.374

140

140

2

USA45

Bella Mente

JV 72 Custom

Hap Fauth

1.595

131.6

131.6

3

CAY27

Adela

Dijkstra

Adela Ltd

1.388

126

126

4

GBR112L

Nilaya

Baltic 112

Filip Balcaen

1.591

120.4

120.4

5

GBR9059R

Nefertiti

Swan 90

Anders Nordquist

1.471

116.2

116.2

6

GER6700

Varuna

Ker 51

Jens Kellinghusen

1.381

112

112

7

GBR1R

ICAP Leopard

Farr 100

Mike Slade

1.812

109.2

109.2

8

IRL7600

Lilla

C.N.B. Briand 76

DP Yachts Ltd

1.201

106.4

106.4

9

USA28992

Locura

Nelson/Marek 92 Custom

Hector Velarde

1.323

103.6

103.6

10

USA7575

Blackbird

Tripp 75

Jan Rupert

1.473

100.8

100.8


Full results here

RORC website


by Trish Jenkins

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=107930

9:32 PM Fri 29 Mar 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World









































America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong






















PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Massive support from the local community
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Weather factors in + Video
HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier
Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things
ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day   
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park   
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete   
Earth Day boater tips   
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's   
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell   
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   


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.
X6XL NEW US