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A Good Friday On The Solent


  • A Good Friday On The Solent

    The first day of the RORC Easter Challenge was blessed with sparkling conditions in the Solent. A light gradient breeze from the south east built during the day to over 10 knots of pressure. Brilliant sunshine throughout the day added to the superb conditions.

    The RORC Race Committee led by Steve Cole held a number of practice starts, followed by three short, sharp windward leeward races.

    The coaching team out on the water giving competitors top advice included North Sails and a RORC team run by Andrew ‘Dog’ Palfrey. After racing, competitors enjoyed a free bowl of pasta and a beer before the well-attended coaching debrief at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse.

    “The coaching team have one overall goal and that is to help all the teams progress at an early stage in the season. The wind strength was better than expected, not especially shifty, but wind speed did vary,” commented North Sails’ Jeremy Smart. “In puffy conditions, anticipating the change becomes very important and we saw quite a few teams not foreseeing the change in gear, so that is definitely an area for them to work on.”

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    IRC One

    Ian Atkin’s GP42 Dark ‘n Stormy got their 2022 campaign off to a perfect start taking three bullets, but it was far from easy. Dutch Ker 46 Van Uden skippered by Gerd-Jan Poortman finished the day in second place, just a point ahead of their Dutch rivals Ker 43 Baraka Gp, skippered by Harmen Jan de Graaf.

    “That was just a blast, a small class but there were no idiots out there,” explained Ian Atkins, who was taking part in his first regatta with his new boat. “The young team on Van Uden were a real handful, especially off the start line, but I think we had just a bit more acceleration in the corners. It was just fantastic to be out racing again, it was such a brilliant day.”

    Ker 46 Van Uden is a young development squad with high hopes of reaching the highest level of keelboat racing. “For us the big thing is that we are finally racing against comparable boats,” commented Van Uden’s mid-bow Bouwe van Der Weiden. “We can see the big changes we have to make, but also the small changes that really make the difference. It was only our first day and we have the potential to get some good results at this regatta.”

    IRC Two

    The largest class in the regatta also produced the closest racing. Team Knight Build on J/112 Happy Daize is skippered by James Chalmers. Happy Daize finished the day in pole position for the class by a single point. The Army Sailing Association’s Sun Fast 3600 Fujitsu British Soldier, skippered by Henry Foster, proved hot competition, finishing the day in second place. The Army team was just three seconds shy of winning Race 1 after IRC time correction. Dave Bartholomew’s Cape 31 Tokoloshe 4 was third in class after winning the final race and was the top Cape 31 for the day. VME Racing’s Mills 39 Zero II had cause for celebration, winning Race 2 by just two seconds after IRC time correction.

    IRC Three

    The smallest boat at the regatta is Julian Metherell’s Quarter Tonner Bullit which punched well above their weight, especially at race starts, scoring three bullets on the opening day of the RORC Easter Challenge. Lena Having’s Corby 33 Mrs Freckles scored two podium results to end the first day in second place, just a point ahead of Oliver Love’s SJ320 Frank 3.

    “Most of the team have been racing together for about 10 years and after the disruptions of the past two seasons, it was so much fun to get out racing again,” enthused Oliver Love, whose team were spotted dancing to the starting area playing tunes through their deck speakers. One of the Frank 3 crew, now dubbed ‘Shoeless Joe’, lost his footwear in a gybe and will be spending the remainder of the regatta in sea boots!

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