Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell reports that North Sails Ireland powered race boats had a 'stunning' weekend's success on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Firstly, in Kip Regatta in Scotland in the competitive 12 boat RC 35 division Pat Kelly's J109 literally 'stormed' the event scoring 2,2,1,1 over the four race series sailed in very light airs.
With input from Nigel Young from North Sails Ireland, "Storm II" is IRC-optimised with both symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers. For Kip Regatta, she was flying a newly designed 3Di mainsail and Code 2 jib plus a very special new A3 reaching kite in high tenacity polyester woven fabric.
Speaking after the event, "Storm II" helmsman Marty O'Leary said "she was going like a rocketship, the new main is noticeaby quicker than the old one and the new A3 is mint - nearly a Code Zero. Once we had the lads on the rail, we were gone!". Download results below.
"she was going like a rocketship, the new main is noticeably quicker than the old one"
Secondly, In the 50–mile ISORA race on Saturday, North Sails-powered boats won all three IRC classes and the overall race.
As Afloat.ie previously reported here, Prof was aboard Chris and Patanne Power-Smith's "Aurelia" which took both the overall and IRC 0 win flying their new 155sqm composite A2 asymmetric.
1st Overall - J122 "Aurelia" - Chris & Patanne Power-Smith
1st IRC 0 - J122 "Aurelia" - Chris Power-Smith
1st IRC 1 - J109 "Mojito" - Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox
1st IRC 2 - J97 "Windjammer" - Denis Power & Lindsay Casey