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2020 IRC European Championship at Cork Week

The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The 5th edition of the IRC European Championship will take place over five days of racing from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July 2020. The championship is expected to attract a record fleet of highly competitive IRC rated boats vying for the overall win and class honours.

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Stars Align for Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger Take Etchells Nationals Title. photo: Sportography.tv

Jolly Roger Take Etchells Nationals Title. photo: Sportography.tv

The Etchells British Open and National Champion for 2019 is Jolly Roger sailed by Tom Abery, Bruno van Dyke, Matt Reid, Dom Mortimer and Quentin bes Green. The 2019 Corinthian National Champion is Audrey sailed by Jon Warwick, Will Bedford, Adele Young and Will Heritage, who have all come through the Cowes Etchells Youth Programme. The first youth team at the championship was the Royal Dart YC team of Miles Jones, Fraser Woodley and James Homes.

jolly roger crewJolly Roger: L-R Quentin bes Green, Bruno van Dyke, Tom Abery. photo: Louay Habib

“Racing in the Cowes Etchells fleet is pretty tough and very challenging. We never thought we would win it until we crossed the line in the last race. Thank you to all of the teams and see you next year!” commented Tom Abery. “That was a big weight of our shoulders, we have been trying to win this for nine years.” commented helm Bruno van Dyke. “Sometimes thing just go your way - the stars aligned.”

 strait dealerStrait Dealer in action Graham Bailey, Harry Blowers, Phoebe Connellan and Graham Sunderland photo: Sportography.tv

On the first day (Friday 01 November) the fleet sailed in 15-20 knots of breeze from the southwest, with gusty conditions testing boat handling skills. After three races Ante Razmilovic's Swedish Blue was a point ahead of Strait Dealer, helmed by Graham Sunderland. Jolly Roger was third. Swedish Blue got two great starts and showed impressive downwind speed to win the opening two encounters. Rob Goddard's Rocketman nailed the pin end to win the start of Race 3, but the race was won by Jolly Roger.

 swedish blueSwedish Blue in action Graeme Spence, Andrew Mills, Ante Razmilovic photo: Sportography.tv

The second day of racing (Saturday 02 November) was a non-starter as a 50-knot front blasted into the Solent. The race committee, led by PRO Paul Jackson, called off racing for the day at 08:00 allowing the Cowes Etchells Fleet the opportunity to watch the Rugby World Cup Final. The Royal Ocean Racing Club provided a Full English Breakfast for an eager crowd, the fayre was more enjoyable than the result, especially if you were English!

Three races were held in a variety of conditions on the final day (Sunday 03 November). Race 4 was a light airs affair with a northerly gradient at the start. Kim Ridge's Colin was over eager at the pin end and having been called OCS restarted some way behind the fleet. However Colin, with Dog Palfrey on tactics, spotted a big lefty and recovered from their premature start to win Race 4. The penultimate race was held in building conditions with a big wind shift after the first lap. The race committee spotted the shift and changed the course axis to accommodate the 30 degree wind shift. As the breeze swung to the west, Jolly Roger came to the fore scoring their second bullet of the championship.

 committee boat startClose starting at the pin end photo: Sportography.tv

After a General Recall, Race 6 got away under the U-Flag. Three teams fell foul and were disqualified including Swedish Blue, effectively taking away any chance of victory in the championship. Jolly Roger showed impressive speed to take the gun and seal overall victory. Shaun Frohlich's Exabyte 7 won a close battle for second just pipping Strait Dealer to the line.

The Prize Giving was held at the Cowes Yacht Haven with Rob Goddard as master of ceremonies and Julia Bailey awarding the prizes for the 2019 Etchells British Open and National Championship. The ceremony included the announcement of the winner for the eight regatta series Champion of Champions, which was Rob Goddard's Rocketman. The Etchells Ice Bucket was won by Jon Warwick's Audrey.

Full Results: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6262          

Full Gallery: https://sportography.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Etchells-Nationals-RORC-2019/C0000S.TWybL_1aA

 

Entries Open Friday for 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship

Close competitive racing awaits those who attend next year's 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship in Newport,  Rhode Island, USA © Sander van der Borch

The conventional wisdom says the sailing season in the Northeastern United States ends with the Labor Day holiday, celebrated the first Monday in September. But the locals will tell you that September and October are the best months of the year in Rhode Island and ideal for top-level sailing.

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Argo, Maserati, PowerPlay set for 2020 RORC Caribbean 600

A highly competitive multihull fleet is expected for the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua and to date includes three 70ft carbon flyers © RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.comA highly competitive multihull fleet is expected for the 12th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua and to date includes three 70ft carbon flyers.

Multihulls have competed in every edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 and for the first time in the history of the race, the 2020 edition is set to feature three equally matched 70ft carbon flyers. Argo, Maserati and PowerPlay have all confirmed their intention to be on the start line in Antigua for the 12th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Caribbean 600.

RORC Caribbean 600 course

The 600-mile course around 11 islands twists and turns with virtually no down time on any leg. Factor in the Caribbean conditions, ocean swell, tropical temperatures, and stunning vistas, and the RORC Caribbean 600 is hard to resist - it's the Monaco for offshore racing multihulls.

Last year, the multihull battle made headline news even before the race. Forty eight hours before the start, MOD70 Argo capsized in training. Argo miraculously made the start line and 30 hours of explosive action followed. Multi70 Maserati took line honours just 7 minutes ahead of Argo and set a new race record of 30 hours and 49 minutes. Giovanni Soldini's Maserati, Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay and Jason Carroll's Argo are set for a showdown in the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 starting on Monday 24th February.

2019 rc600 maserati adGiovanni Soldini's Multi70 Maserati will return next February to defend their line honours title © RORC/Arthur Daniel 

"We will leave Hawaii about the 25th September, sail to Hong Kong for the race to Vietnam and then we will go to Cape Town to race to Rio, and after that we will come to the Caribbean. It is a long trip - the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, about 20,000 miles," confirmed Giovanni Soldini. "It will be great to have all three boats racing in the '600; the level of the teams is very high, Maserati won the '600, Argo won the Transpac and PowerPlay won the race from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Nobody knows who will win when we come together, it's really a lot of fun and with three boats the racing is more complex," concludes Soldini.

Jason Carroll's MOD70 Argo capsized whilst training in the 2019 race, but still made it to the start. The team will join the race once again in February 2020 © Sharon Green/Ultimate SailingJason Carroll's MOD70 Argo capsized whilst training in the 2019 race, but still made it to the start. The team will join the race once again in February 2020 © Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

We have continued to modify Argo, especially the foils," reports Argo Program Manager Chad Corning. "There has been so much development in foils for multihulls over the last few years. We are adding T-rudders and new float foils this autumn. Argo will not be fully-foiling but will 'skim' more effectively and pitch less. That's the theory, now we have to test it on the water. We are delighted to hear that PowerPlay and Maserati will be in Antigua, it should be a great race."

Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay at the start of the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada 
© RORC/Joaquin Vera
Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay at the start of the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada © RORC/Joaquin Vera

"I have done the RORC Caribbean 600 in several monohulls but the appeal in racing the MOD70 PowerPlay is that I always thought it would be nice to finish first," smiled Peter Cunningham. "It's a fast race on PowerPlay but because the legs are quite short you need a couple of extra crew for those manoeuvres. It's great to see the islands, it is exceptionally warm for February racing in the Caribbean and we have good competition. Speeding along at 25,30 even 40 knots is a real thrill. Maserati is fully foiling and we have updated our foils but not gone for T-Foils. Although the boats are not exactly the same, it ends up with very even racing - it's been nip and tuck between us and I am really looking forward to the battle."

American Volvo 70 Wizard led the impressive IRC Zero fleet after the start of the 2019 race in Antigua and went on to win overall © RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.comAmerican Volvo 70 Wizard led the impressive IRC Zero fleet after the start of the 2019 race in Antigua and went on to win overall © RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Such is the appeal of the RORC Caribbean 600 that a record number of boats are expected to be on the Fort Charlotte start line in Antigua on 24th February 2020. To date, over 20 boats from around the world have secured their place, doubling entries in previous years by this date, in order to confirm their participation in the 12th edition of this epic race.

For more information including the Notice of Race and online entry go to: www.caribbean600.rorc.org or contact the RORC Race Team on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or talk to a member of the Race Team on: +44 (0)1983 295 144.

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The RORC was founded in 1925 to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined. Today the club encourages ocean, long distance and other forms of yacht racing and yachting activity.