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RORC IRC Nationals - Tough opening day

Star performer day 1 of the RORC IRC Nationals was Ed Fishwick's Redshift Reloaded which scored straight wins in IRC Two to take the early lead.

Ed Fishwick's Sun Fast 3600 was star performer - Click image for a larger image

Fishwick typically races his new Sun Fast 3600 doublehanded offshore, but has a full crew for this event.

He now leads reigning IRC National Champion, Adam Gosling on the JPK 1080+ Yes! by five points.

While their competitors were broaching around them, Redshift Reloaded's broad beam and twin rudders helped the crew keep her on her feet as the wind reached 28 knots, although even they suffered one wipe out.

With the southwesterly piping up to 30 knots in the final race, the RORC IRC Nationals got off to a brisk start on the Solent today with two windward-leewards followed by a round the cans race.

The attrition rate was highest in the FAST40+ class where only four of the nine entries completed the third race.

At the end of the race two, Johnny Vincent's Ker 40+ Pace was tied on points with Girls on Film, the brand new Carkeek 40 Mk3 of 2016 FAST 40+ champion, Peter Morton.

However, this was not to continue for Morton, who recounted:

"The problem was that our bilge pumps weren't working and we were slowly filling up with water which we couldn't get rid of. In the third race we were going down. We had about 2.5 tonnes of water on board and couldn't finish the race."

The previous Girls on Film, now Bastiaan Voogd's Hitchhiker holds second, tied on points with Mark Rijkse's 42┬░South, with Pace leading by six points.

IRC One Fleet - Click image for a larger image

In IRC One, Andy Williams's Keronimo is also leading on six points after scoring a consistent 2-2-1 Friday - a fine performance, this being the Plymouth-based Ker 40's first major outing of the year.

In the first two races Keronimo was playing second fiddle to her bigger, newer brother, the Ker 46 Lady Mariposa. She is fastest boat in IRC One, but had to retire from race three with broken battens.

In IRC Three, Mike Bridges' Elan 37 Elaine won race one, but in the second and third it was the turn of renowned structural engineer Giovanni Belgrano and his Laurent Giles classic shoal-draught centreboard sloop, Whooper, winning both races to take the lead overall.

A 1939 vintage, Whooper is the oldest boat competing and won the IRC Nationals back in 2004 when Belgrano says conditions were similar to today.

Results and further information here

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James Boyd
23 June 2017 22:58 GMT


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