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Joint winners for RORC IRC Nationals

Yes! and Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre are this year's champions

Sunday June 26th 2016, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

This year's IRC National Championship, the 14th since the Royal Ocean Racing Club launched its handicap rule in 2000, had the unusual distinction of joint winners in Adam Gosling's brand new JPK 10.80 Yes! (winner of IRC Two) and the French consortium-owned A35, Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre, (which topped IRC Three).

At the prizegiving Gosling thanked the RORC and the race committee; "It was pretty awesome racing considering the tricky conditions."

Benoit D'halluin, helmsman on the Dunkerque boat added: "We are very happy to race in Cowes and we had two good competitors in Bengal Magic and Intention." Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre will return to Cowes in July with the Flanders North Sea team in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup.

Unlike stormy Saturday, on slightly more serene Sunday the race management team was able to hold one windward-leeward in 8-15 knots winds. This was followed by two round the cans races in the central/eastern Solent, during which the wind built to 20+ knots, creating a short sharp chop from the building flood tide.

Stand-out performer of the day was the RORC's Admiral, Andrew McIrvine and his First 40 La Réponse, in IRC Two, which scored three bullets. However even this was not enough to topple Yes!

Gosling said he particularly enjoyed today's round the cans races. "We all had a smile on our face after the short A-sail reach, which the boat was just beautiful on, and then the 140° run when the wind got up to 20+ knots, which was fantastic."

As to their secret, Gosling said his crew have sailed together for years. "We are just trying to learn how to sail this boat, but each time we've gone out, we've sailed a bit better."

 

Conversely, the Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre crew has been sailing their A35 for years. "We were happy to have good speed," said tactician Philippe Bourgeois. "It was really a pleasure to win the IRC Nationals. We only came here to practice for the Commodores' Cup."

New to the RORC IRC Nationals this year were the two box rule classes, the FAST40+ and the HP30. The most impressive display of the week came in the former, where the stand-out team was Peter Morton's Girls on Film. Aside from one fifth place finish, this Carkeek Mk3 was otherwise never off the podium, putting in a 2-1-3 today with American William Coates's Ker 43 Otra Vez and Irishman Anthony O'Leary's Ker 40 Antix claiming the other two wins.

Ultimately, Girls on Film finished five points clear of Sir Keith Mills' Invictus. "We think we are fast, especially upwind and quick enough downwind," explained Morton. "In the last race, we bounced back from a pretty horrible start with pure speed. It always looks easy when you're fast." This wasn't entirely without incident, including a luffing match with Invictus after rounding the top mark in the final race that ended with Girls on Film taking a penalty turn.

As to why they have the edge, Morton continued: "It's a hundred little things and we have got a really strong crew - good amateurs and good pros. Our boat handling is pretty good."

Another stand-out performance of the week was that of former RORC Commodore Mike Greville and his Ker 39 Erivale III. Following his recent victory in the Morgan Cup to Dieppe, Greville and his crew have dominated IRC One at the IRC Nationals. Their 9.5 point lead over Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's Corby 37 Aurora was the biggest margin across any of the five classes.

"We are definitely on a roll," agreed Greville. "We have got some new sails which helped, but we've had new sails before. I did put 10sqm on to the kite and that certainly helps on the downwind legs. The crew work went very well."

Today was one for the Jason Ker designs in IRC One. In addition to Erivale III, Irishman Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice claimed today's second race, while Andrew Williams' Ker 40 Keronimo won the last race - encouraging in the build-up to her Commodores' Cup with the Israeli team next month.

After finishing last in the HP30 class during the Vice Admiral's Cup in May, John Reivers this weekend turned around his Melges 32 Drop Bear campaign to claim victory ahead of Malcolm Wootton's Farr 30 Pegasus.

American Lloyd Thornburg, best known as owner of the Phaedo Gunboat and MOD 70 multihulls was again campaigning his Farr 280 FOMO here, but finished third overall.

"It's meant to give us some closer racing," explained Thornburg. "We watched it at Cowes Week last year and we felt like we were missing out - so FOMO stands for `Fear of missing out!' We are taking it more seriously than we thought. It was supposed to be a bit of a laugh..." FOMO's crew includes Olympic 470 silver medallists Nick Rogers and Stuart Bithell.

"The results are what they are, but we really enjoyed the racing," Thornburg continued. "We had a really good time."

Enhanced by the new box rule classes and this year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, this year's IRC Nationals was among the most competitive on record with 61 boats taking part.

Results

 

Pos Sail No Boat Type Owner TCC R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot
                             
    FAST 40+                        
1 GBR50R Girls On Film Carkeek 40 Mk3 Peter Morton 1.27 2 1 5 1 1 2 1 3 11
2 GBR1851X Invictus Ker 40+ Sir Keith Mills 1.269 1 3 1 10 4 3 2 2 16
3 USA61137 Otra Vez Ker 43 Custom William Coates 1.27 6 2 4 3 7 1 7 6 29
4 GBR1682R Tokoloshe II GP 42 Michael Bartholomew 1.266 7 4 2 5 2 8 10 5 33
5 SUI19 Jubilee GP 42 Tony Dickin 1.263 4 5 8 2 9 4 9 4 36
6 IRL708 Antix Ker 40 Anthony O'Leary 1.216 3 6 9 9 8 7 4 1 38
7 GBR4242C Zephyr Gp 42 Steve Cowie 1.264 5 10 3 4 6 6 6 8 38
8 GBR39R Magnum4 Ker40+ Grand Prix Andrew Pearce 1.266 9 7 10 6 3 9 3 7 44
9 GBR1542R 42° South GP 42 Mark Rijkse 1.26 10 9 6 8 5 5 5 10 48
10 GBR8449R Rebellion Carkeek 40 Mk 2 Stewart Whitehead 1.265 11 8 7 7 10 10 8 9 59
11 GBR4921R Ino XXX HH42 James Neville 1.237 8 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 74
                             
    HP30                        
1 GBR209 Drop Bear M32 Melges 32 Od John Reivers 1.134 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 9
2 FRA76 Pegasus Farr 30 2.15 Malcolm Wootton 1.052 3 2 2 4 1 3 2 1 14
3 GBR5 Fomo Farr 280 Lloyd Thornburg 1.103 2 3 3 1 3 2 3 3 17
4 GBR011 Pandemonium Farr 280 Jamie Rankin 1.096 4 4 6 3 5 4 4 6 30
5 GBR2798R Shanghai Lil Far East 28r Phil Devereux 1.05 5 5 4 5 4 5 5 4 32
                             
    IRC One                        
1 GBR236R Erivale III Ker 39 Michael Greville 1.116 1 1 2 6 5 1 2 3 15
2 GBR7737R Aurora Corby 37 Roderick Stuart & Bill Ram 1.094 3.5 5 5 7 1 3 3 4 24.5
3 GBR6889R Keronimo Ker 40 Andrew Williams 1.196 6 14 1 2 9 7 5 1 31
4 GBR8888N Cobra King 40 Seb Blair 1.116 3.5 7 4 5 2 2 8 14 31.5
5 GER7001 Shakti Ker 46 Christoph Avenarius and Gorm Gondesen 1.282 11 6 3 1 10 4 6 2 32
6 IRL2007 Jump Juice Ker 37 Conor Phelan 1.109 5 2 9 3 12 8 1 5 33
7 GBR4321R Oystercatcher XXXI Humphreys H39 Richard Matthews 1.136 14 4 6 4 4 6 4 7 35
8 NED9111 Red Herring J/111 Jan Van Berne 1.097 2 11 8 9 8 9 10 6 52
9 GBR759R Eclectic Azuree 46 Colin Campbell 1.132 7 9 7 12 7 5 9 8 52
10 GBR7751R Journeymaker II J/111 Chris Jones 1.1 8 8 10 8 3 10 11 9 56
11 FRA346 Lann Ael 2 Jna 39 Didier Gaudoux 1.117 10 3 11 10 11 12 7 14 64
12 ESP10315 Stamina Jnd 39 Michel Peretie 1.129 9 10 12 11 6 11 12 14 71
13 GBR562R Night Owl II Mat 12 Ed Hall 1.136 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 98
                             
    IRC Two                        
1 GBR4863R Yes! JPK 1080+ Adam Gosling 1.052 5 1 2 1 3 3 2 2 14
2 GBR42N La Réponse First 40 Andrew McIrvine 1.085 2 6 1 7 5 1 1 1 17
3 NED6169 Elke First 40 Frans Rodenburg 1.087 3 5 3 2 2 8 13 5 28
4 FRA43855 J Lance 12 J/112 Frederic Bouvier 1.044 1 2 6 6 7 4 9 6 32
5 FRA43831 Timeline JPK 10.80 Marc Alperovitch 1.046 6 4 11 4 4 7 8 9 42
6 GBR73R Salvo Jnd 35 Peter Morton 1.059 7 10 5 3 11 5 10 8 48
7 FRA38418 Audrey JPK 10.80 Michael Boyd 1.044 12 3 10 11 10 6 14 3 55
8 GBR8410R Premier Flair Elan 410 Jim Macgregor 1.072 4 11 4 8 15 9 11 11 58
9 FRA43791 Shaitan JPK 10.80 Jean-Eudes Renier 1.043 9 16 7 20 6 10 6 4 58
10 GBR1010L Xinska X 40 Bernard Olesinski 1.069 8 8 13 15 8 15 3 7 62
11 GBR4070L Incognito First 40.7 Paul McNamara & Tony Lowe 1.05 10 14 12 9 12 12 4 10 69
12 GBR9922T R&W J/122 Andy Theobald 1.084 14 13 15 13 1 2 17 12 70
13 GBR7938R Al Fresco Prima 38 Allan Meredith 1.079 11 9 14 20 9 13 5 14.5 75.5
14 GBR3213L Dusty P First 40 Richard Patrick 1.076 13 19 8 5 13 16 7 14.5 76.5
15 GBR7207T Playing Around First 40.7 Nick Rawbone 1.053 15 7 9 10 14 14 12 13 79
16 GBR8405R Southern Child First 40 Performance Yacht Charter 1.085 16 16 16 14 16 11 15 16 104
17 GBR7384R Sirens' Tigress Reflex 38 Glenny / Child / Keam-George 1.055 20 18 17 12 18 18 18 17 118
18 GBR714R Kratos First 40 Robert Martin 1.076 18 17 18 17 17 17 16 20 120
19 GBR9235R Mad Max Max Fun 35 Andy Williams 1.086 17 19 19 16 19 19 19 18 127
                             
    IRC Three                        
1 FRA35080 Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre A35 Benoit D'halluin 1.027 1 1 2 2 9 2 1 1 10
2 IRL725 Bengal Magic J/35 Knight Build Ltd 1.016 4 3 1 1 3 5 3 2 17
3 NED7623 Intention Bashford Howison 36 Willem Schopman 1.034 3 2 3 3 1 3 5 3 18
4 GBR581R Antix X 302 John Allen 0.927 6.5 4 4 4 2 7 7 7 34.5
5 GBR979R Malice HOD 35 Mike Moxley 1.022 14 6 6 5 6 1 8 6 38
6 NED118 Winsome S&S 41 Harry J. Heijst 0.989 2 5 5 9 10 11 2 5 38
7 GBR9292C Wildebeest V J/92 Craig Latimer 0.962 5 8 9 12 5 10 9 9 55
8 GBR9700N Only Magic J/97 Richard Sparrow 0.98 6.5 7 8 10 11 4 10 12 56.5
9 K1034 Cetewayo 7/8 Sloop David Murrin 0.992 11 12 7 7 8 13 4 8 57
10 GBR8185 Quokka 9 Half Tonner Peter Rutter 0.946 8 10 11 6 7 8 11 11 61
11 GBR3033L Rigit On Wild Child Corby 30 Brian Wilkinson 0.986 10 11 10 11 13 6 6 10 64
12 GBR6895T Xcitable X 362 Peter Hodgkinson 1.003 14 14 14 14 4 9 14 4 73
13 GBR9L Sunshine Ker 9m Malcolm Roberts 1.018 9 9 12 8 12 12 12 13 74

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