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INO XXX wins the Cervantes Trophy Race

by Louay Habib 1 May 21:57 PDT 30 April - 1 May 2022
Ino XXX wins the RORC Cervantes Trophy Race Cowes to Le Havre © Rick Tomlinson

The first race of the domestic season for the RORC Season's Points Championship was a tricky light airs dash across the English Channel to Le Havre. RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 INO XXX was the standout performer, scoring a hat-trick of wins: The Cervantes Trophy for first overall after IRC time correction, race line honours, and IRC Zero.

Michael O'Donnell's J/121 Darkwood was second overall and the winner of IRC One. The Army Sailing Association's Sun Fast 3600 Fujitsu British Soldier, skippered by Henry Foster was the winner of IRC Two. Tim Goodhew & Kelvin Matthews racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora had a superb race, taking third overall, and winning IRC Three and IRC Two-Handed.

"It was hard work getting out of the Solent in light shifty conditions," commented James Neville. "Taking a more easterly line offshore worked well for us, staying in better pressure, and making sure we weren't swept west on the tide. The crew did a great job concentrating in the cold air. The reaching conditions really suited our four-sail set with the Fro, jib, staysail and main all in the air."

After the finish of the race RORC racing teams arriving at Société des Regatés du Havre, received nothing short of a spectacular welcome with a carnival atmosphere laid on by the oldest yacht club in France, including a dancing girls cabaret and a sumptuous dinner at the renowned restaurant.

The Cervantes Trophy Race is part of the 2022 RORC Season's Points Championship, the world's largest offshore racing series comprising of 16 testing races. Every race has its own coveted prize for the overall winner and famous trophies for IRC class honours. The fifth race of the championship is the De Guingand Bowl Race, which is scheduled to start on Saturday 14th May from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line with an overnight race in the Solent and adjacent waters.

For online entry and more information about the Royal Ocean Racing Club please visit www.rorc.org

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