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95 entries for RORC Morgan Cup

by Louay Habib 18 Jun 11:38 PDT 21 June 2018
Morgan Cup starts on Friday 21 June at 7pm. © Paul Wyeth

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the Morgan Cup. The seventh offshore race of the series will start on Friday 21 June at 7pm from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line. Bound for Dieppe across the English Channel, 95 teams have entered the race to the fishing port on the Normandy Coast.

20 teams have entered in IRC 3 including the top two teams in the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship: Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep, sailed by Trevor Middleton, and Sunfast 3600 Bellino, sailed Two-Handed by Rob Craigie and Deb Fish.

Monohull line honours for the Morgan Cup are likely to be contested by three teams racing in IRC Zero. Volvo 70 Telefonica Black, sailed by Lance Shepherd, has the highest IRC rating in the fleet, Botin IRC52 Tala, sailed by David Collins is the class leader for the season. Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Nigel King, returns to RORC racing after a highly successful Caribbean season.

12 teams have entered IRC One, including the class leader for the season, A13 Phosphorus II, sailed by Mark Emerson. The much in form FAST40+ Redshift, sailed by Ed Fishwick, returns. Xp44 Orange Mecanix2, sailed by Maxime de Mareuil, will be hoping to go one better than second in class for the race last year.

With 29 entries, IRC Two is the largest class in the Morgan Cup and the entry list boasts proven winners and reveals battles within the class. Last year's class winner, Scarlet Oyster sailed by Ross Applebey, will be racing after taking overall victory in this month's De Guingand Bowl Race.

2019 IRC Two leader, JPK 1180 Sunrise, sailed by Tom Kneen, will size up against JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommande, sailed by Gery Trentesaux. Eight Beneteau First 40s are entered, including five from Sailing Logic. Skylander sailed by Yuri Fadeev, which is the top First 40 for the season so far, will also be racing. 2018 RORC Season's Points Champion, X-41 British Soldier sailed by the Army Sailing Association, is also bound for Dieppe.

22 teams racing 18 different types of yacht have entered IRC Four. The top three teams for the 2019 season are all racing: Sigma 38 With Alacrity, sailed by Chris Choules. Sun Fast 3200 Cora, sailed Two-Handed by Tim & Nigel Goodhew and JPK 1010 Foggy Dew, sailed by Noel Racine. Traditional designs racing in IRC Four include the classic yawl Cetewayo sailed by David Murrin. Contessa 32 Assent, sailed by the Rogers family, S&S 41 Easyglider, sailed by Oliver Hughes, and Swan 41 Ithaka, sailed by Giovanni Mazzocchi.

Racing fans can watch the start of the Morgan Cup from Cowes Esplanade and The Green, which will offer splendid views of the fleet. All Sailors taking part can catch up with fellow competitors over a pre-race meal at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse, table booking is recommended.

For more information visit rorc.org

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