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RORC Easter Challenge - Windless Final Day

The poor wind conditions with a strong flood tide caused racing to be cancelled on the third and final day of the RORC Easter Challenge.Crew of IRC One's Nifty celebrate their second place podium win in Easter style -

The prizegiving for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's training regatta and domestic season opener was held at their Cowes clubhouse.

Coming away most laden with chocolate was Tony Dickin's crew on the FAST40+ Jubilee, which won straight bullets in IRC Zero.

Yesterday Michael Blair's Cobra overtook Roger Bowden's King 40 sistership Nifty to win IRC One by 14 points to Nifty's 15.

Significantly this was also the first event for the new Performance 40 class.

In third and fourth places were two First 40s, Jock Wishart skippering Rob Bottomley's Adventurer out of Sailplane to third place, finishing six points ahead of RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine's La RĂ©ponse.

Perhaps smartest crew was that of James Chalmer's J/35 Bengal Magic which made the call early not to race Easter Sunday having taken the lead after yesterday's four races in IRC Two.

The most impressive display of consistency was once again Sam Laidlaw and his supreme team on the Quarter Tonner Aguila, which claimed straight bullets in IRC Three to win the smallest class for a fourth consecutive year.

Aguila is currently the Quarter Tonner to beat having won the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup in 2017.

One of the reasons for her success is having had a consistent crew for the last seven seasons, comprising Brett Aarons, Dan Gohl, Tom Forrester-Coles and Robbie Southwell.

The next event in the next event in the RORC calendar is the Cervantes Trophy starting on 5 May while the inshore program continues with the Vice Admiral's Cup over 18-20 May.

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