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IRC Europeans - Around the Isle of Wight

Thursday's rescheduled race around the Isle of Wight, during the RORC - organised IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup, proved a great success.

Tokoloshe won IRC One, nine minutes ahead of Ino XXX under IRC - useful as this race has a 1.5x co-efficient and is non-discardable.

A welcome sight was Andy Williams' Ker 40 Keronimo, following her severe grounding on Egypt Point yesterday.

The experience didn't faze Keronimo's crew. They did especially well on the reach to St Catherine's Point, but then broke their kicker. But they recovered to claim third in IRC One.

In IRC Two there is a new player in town in Tom Kneen's fresh out of the box JPK 1180 Sunrise. Sailing her in more than 10 knots for the first time, they glimpsed her potential.

She won by more than five and a half minutes from Rod Stuart and Bill Ram's Corby 37 Aurora.

Overall, Aurora now leads IRC Two but the top six boats lie within 8.5 points of her. There is a very different case in IRC Three where Didier Le Moal's J/112e J Lance 12 completely dominates.

Winning Thursday's race leaves her on 9.5 points to Jean-Eudes Renier's second placed Shaitan's 24.

The day's performance by the IRC Three leaders Shaitan and J Lance 12 was especially impressive, finishing among the IRC Two frontrunners, as did Ed Fishwick's Sun Fast 3600 Redshift Reloaded.

It was insanely close too: Redshift Reloaded was first across the line, but finished fourth under IRC, the top four boats separated by just three and a half minutes with J Lance 12 winning by just 11 seconds on corrected time from Shaitan.

With all three of their boats performing well today - Shaitan 2nd, Keronimo 3rd and Adventure 4th - so the Celtic Team has pulled out a strong lead in the Commodores' Cup.

Team leader Jock Wishart was delighted as his team is now on 68.5 points to second placed GBR - RORC on 110, with both Kings High and Team Orange poised a whisker astern, both on 113.5.

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