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#NSVICTORYLIST: IRC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Seven Division Wins, Four Podium Sweeps, And A National Title
The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 2019 IRC National Championship was dominated by strong Solent tides and varied wind conditions. North clients had an excellent showing in the 22-boat fleet, snagging trophies in seven divisions.
The overall winner was a surprise to many, since the owner/skipper hails from Falmouth, doesn’t regularly race on the Solent, and was a first-timer at the IRC Nationals. Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 Black Dog posted four bullets in eight races and only had one score out of the top five, winning both the IRC Performance 40 division and IRC Nationals overall by 15 points. “We were constantly having to change gears, but my crew was amazing.I have never seen them hike harder,” he said. Read the full interview.
In the HP30 division, the Farr 280 Toucan scored seven bullets. Anthony and Alex Locke took charge in father/owner Glyn’s absence. “It was a great regatta,” Anthony stated. “We were really pleased with the organization. It felt like we sailed well and we had great racing with all of the HP30s. Today was quite challenging—very puffy—and the race committee did a good job getting two races in… I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
In the Fast 40+ fleet, Peter Morton’s Girls On Film won by 14 points over Tony Dicken’s Jubilee and Ed Fishwick’s Redshift. “We had a pretty good weekend with seven firsts and a second place finish,” explained Girls On Film boat captain Nick Butt.
Tony Langley’s Gladiator finished first in IRC One, just ahead of David Collins Tala. North clients swept the podium in both IRC Two (Black Dog, Cobra, and Yes!) and IRC Three (Leon, Incognito, and Xanaboo). In IRC Four, Christopher Preston’s J/109 Jubilee swept the division by a notable amount, and Nigel Goodhew’s Sunfast 3200 Cora placed third.