Offshore

RORC Easter Challenge - Balmy weather?

 
For day two of the RORC Easter Challenge there were 6-12 knots of wind, the temperature on the water was just 5°C, but seemed balmy compared to yesterday's Siberian conditions.

Positions are now firming up, especially in the biggest and smallest classes where Tony Dickin's GP42 Jubilee in IRC Zero and Sam Laidlaw's Quarter Tonner Aguila in IRC Three hold straight bullets and will be hard to beat with just Easter Sunday's races left.

Baraka GP had a better day overhauling the Ker 46 Lady Mariposa to claim second place in IRC Zero.

Harmen de Graaf's Dutch team is getting grips with their new boat, although transferring from a GRP Ker 40 to a carbon fibre Ker 43, both of a similar vintage, has made life simpler.

Closest competition this weekend is in IRC One and the newly created Performance 40 class, where Michael Blair's Cobra crew today overtook sistership and nemesis Roger Bowden's Nifty, ending the day one point ahead.

Saturday both scored two race wins, but Nifty lost the lead after scoring a seventh in race two.

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Competition is also tight in IRC Two, where the crew of Bengal Magic, the 1983 vintage J/35 that competed in the Commodores' Cup two years ago, has made a sterling return after a year out of sailing.

Winnning the second race, Bengal Magic, that is older than the majority of her crew, has pulled into the lead ahead of Ed Fishwick's Sun Fast 3600 Redshift Reloaded.

Redshift suffered in Saturday's third race when she and Jubilee were OCS, but Redshift Reloaded won the final round the cans race.

Behind the dominant Quarter Tonners in IRC Three, Peter Cyriax and the crew of the S&S43 1965 Admiral's Cupper Firebrand have been getting to grips with the boat that once belonged to the late yacht designer Ed Dubois.

Light winds forecast prior to a prizegiving where the Easter eggs aplenty will be apportioned across the fleet.

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