Friday, June 24, 2016
The inaugural Sussex IRC Championships were held over the weekend June 18th/19th and hosted by Brighton Marina Yacht Club. Yachts gathered from the 3 main Sussex clubs of Shoreham, Eastbourne and Brighton to compete with six races over two days. Two fleets contested the regatta with an almost equal split in numbers of yachts in each.
Saturday saw light winds and tricky conditions with the J109 ‘Diamond Jem’ taking one win and two second places in the three races with the modified Cork 1720 ‘Spider Pig’ taking a second and two firsts to lead overnight in IRC1. ‘Redeye’, a J105, was consistent with three third places to take the final podium place over night.
Sunday saw the breeze kick in and with 15-20 knots the fleet enjoyed the near perfect sailing conditions. Redeye took advantage of the conditions best and scored three firsts. Leader overnight ‘Spider Pig’ scored a third, fourth and second whilst Diamond Jem had to record a retired, and two thirds. ‘Kratos’, a Beneteau 40 scored two second places to complete the race podium positions.
With all six races completed two discards were permitted. Once the sums had been completed the regatta and first holders of the ‘Class 1 Sussex IRC Championships’ was the J105 ‘Redeye’ followed by ‘Spider Pig’ and ‘Diamond Jem’.
Using a sail wardrobe exclusively from Hyde Sails, Redeye used a panelled GPL carbon main and headsail with a 0.75oz asymmetric spinnaker.
Meanwhile in IRC2 an equally tight battle was being fought between the J92s ‘Upstart’, the J97 ‘Jeneral Lee’ and ‘Catch 22’ that rates somewhere between a ¼ and ½ tonner ( a 1/3 tonner?), with the final positions being as listed.
An interesting boat, ‘Catch 22’ was participating in its first regatta with her new owner who was not only having to learn how to sail this ‘tweaky’ ship but also what her sail wardrobe consisted of …. Hopefully we will have further news on the boat as the season develops.
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