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IRC European Championship - Day of two halves

 
In IRC One Robert Bicket's Club Swan 42 Fargo was OCS, but remarkably went on to win.

Fargo's victory in race one came at Ino XXX's expense.

However James Neville and the crew of his HH42 were compensated by winning Tuesday's second race, ahead of Mike Bartholomew's higher-rated Tokoloshe II.

Nonetheless, the immaculately consistent Tokoloshe II continues to lead IRC One with no scores lower than second, leaving her five points clear of Andy Williams' Keronimo, with Ino XXX third.

A third light, tricky day with strong tides at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup saw a lengthy round the cans course in the central Solent just completed before the wind shut down.

After a wait, the skies darkened, the temperature plummeted as a southeasterly wind filled in, lasting just long enough for a singleton windward-leeward to be held for the three classes.

While the First 40s were in the chocolates Monday, the King 40s fought back in IRC 2 Tuesday.

A 3-3 for Nifty propelled Roger Bowden's team back into the lead, while the Blair family's Cobra managed a convincing win in today's first race, but bombed in the second, leaving her fourth.

However the day belonged to Scots Rod Stuart and Bill Ram on their Corby 37 Aurora, which posted a 2-1 elevating her to second in class, three points astern of Nifty.

IRC Three is developing into a two horse race between Michael Mollmann's X-37 Hansen and Didier Le Moal's J/112e J Lance 12.

Tuesday definitely belonged to the French who won both races. They now lead, one point ahead of the Danes who posted a 3-2 today.

Jean-Eudes Renier's JPK 1080 Shaitan, chartered to Scottish adventurer Jock Wishart was second in today's first race, but, showing a lack of consistency typical across this fleet thanks to the awkward conditions, was eighth in race two.

As was the case with Fargo in IRC One, so Shaitan was called OCS in today's first race but recovered well.

Kings High on the rise as the Celtic Team reasserts itself

In the Commodores' Cup, Jock Wishart's Celtic Team managed to build itself a cushion on day three of the competition and is now 19 points in front of Kings High, comprising the two King 40s, Nifty and Cobra, plus Mike Bridge's Elan 37 Elaine racing in IRC Three.

This was despite the Celtic Team's Shaitan along with her team mates, the First 40 Adventurer and Andrew Williams' Ker 40 Keronimo all experiencing mixed results today.

Team Orange is third with 67 points, fourth is GBR-RORC with 75 points, fifth is Haribo with 77 points and sixth Brex-In on 78 points.

The offshore race, originally due to take place over Wednesday-Thursday is now replaced by the rescheduled lap of the Isle of Wight on Thursday.

This race was started yesterday, but abandoned due to light wind.

Inshore races will take place on the remaining days.

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