Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Royal Dart Yacht Club. The 2018 Morgan Cup Race will finish in Dartmouth, Devon. One of South Devon's most popular destinations, and home to the Royal Naval College, since 1863.
The immaculately sailed J Lance 12 has been crowned IRC European champion for 2018. The French J/112e skippered by Didier le Moal, seemed never to put a foot wrong in the latter stages of this week-long regatta run from Cowes by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
“It’s great - I didn’t expect that,” said le Moal of claiming the IRC Europeans title. “First of all we wanted to win our class, but this is fabulous. It concludes the wonderful week we’ve had. If you enjoy racing, we have been in paradise. The weather, sun, light winds, heavy winds, big tides – everything you could expect to enjoy from racing, we’ve had.”
Winning today’s first windward-leeward race, held in 15-20 knot winds, was the French team’s sixth bullet out of ten races. For the final big breeze, double points scoring, round the cans race, the French didn’t have the class win secured, so played it safe. “The wind was increasing a bit so we preferred to sail safely because we had a big lead. We just needed to finish, not last, but fifth or sixth to win,” explained J Lance 12’s navigator and team secret weapon Nicolas Lunven, the reigning Solitaire du Figaro champion. With the wind gusting into the 30s they avoided gybing the spinnaker, to avoid breakage.
IRC European Championships & Commodores' Cup; Class victories all but secure for Tokoloshe and J Lance 12
Didier Le Moal's J/112e J Lance 12 in IRC Three scored two more bullets on the penultimate day of racing at the IRC European Championship in the Solent
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Michael Bartholomew's Gp42 Tokoloshe II leads IRC One after six races in the IRC European Championship series © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com
Classic 'Cowes Week' conditions on the Solent saw French First 40.7 Pen Koent of Emmanuel Le Men and his crew from Val-André in northern Brittany victorious in IRC Three © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com
Tight racing in IRC Three on the third day of the IRC European Championship, incorporating the Commodores' Cup © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com
The Azores high pressure system encroaching on the UK is bringing summer to the Solent, but making life awkward for the race officers at the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s IRC European Championship and Commodores’ Cup.
Light airs and tricky conditions in the central Solent on the first day of the IRC Europeans (incorporating the Commodores' Cup) saw the three classes completing one race in the week-long event © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com
Live Tracking is now available for the Inshore Races.
Crews make final preparations before the start of the IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup on Sunday 10th June in Cowes © RORC