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The Royal Ocean Racing Club's race to Dieppe for the Morgan Cup started in the Solent on midsummer's day in superb conditions. The RORC fleet enjoyed a spectacular downwind start off the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, heading east for the English Channel. During the night, the wind evaporated and as high pressure enveloped the race course, competitors were searching for the best of the breeze and tidal conditions. By morning, clear skies and an early sunrise conspired to enhance sea breeze conditions, giving a fantastic downwind finish for the fleet into Dieppe. The slow-down during the night meant that the race to the finish was a close one, with many classes being decided by minutes, even seconds. The 2019 Morgan Cup Race was notable for British yachts which won all seven classes.

William McGoughand Christian Jeffrey, racing J/109 Just So in IRC Two Handed, won the 2019 Morgan Cup Race, winning overall in a fleet of 86 yachts racing under the IRC Rating System. McGough and Jeffrey are both corinthian sailors in their 30s, and this is their first season racing Two-Handed. Monohull Line Honours for the race went to Botin IRC 52 Tala, skippered by Robbie Southall. After time correction, IRC Zero was won by Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Nigel King. Joel Malardel's Normanni 34 Tancrède took Multihull Line Honours.

The top three yachts in IRC Overall for the Morgan Cup Race were all racing Two-Handed. Just So won by 27 minutes from Sun Fast 3200 Cora, sailed by Nigel & Tim Goodhew. Sun Fast 3600 Bellino, sailed by Rob Craigie & Deb Fish, was third by less than a minute.

“We have been sailing together for 11 years with fully crewed teams in RORC races but this is the first time we have won a RORC trophy so we are absolutely delighted,” agreed McGough and Jeffrey, the Two-Handed team racing Just So. “We got one of the best starts along with Bellino and we were going well out of the Solent. Probably the biggest tactical decision that paid off was to go east. If you look at the results of the pack of boats that went that way, they have all done well. When we finished the race, we looked at the boats around us and knew we had done well, but to win overall is amazing! Just So will be competing in the Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race fully crewed but this was the last race before we take on the Rolex Fastnet Race Two-Handed.”

In IRC One, Corby 45 Incisor, skippered by James Gair and sailed by the Cowes Race School, was the winner. Didier Gaudoux's 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race champion, JND 39 Lann Ael 2 was second and proven winner Maxime de Mareuil's XP-44 Orange Mecanix2 was third.

In IRC Two, Gavin Howe's Hamble, UK based Sun Fast 3600 Tigris was the winner racing Two-Handed with Sam Cooper. After IRC time correction, Tigris was ahead of 2015 Rolex Fastnet champion Gery Trentesaux racing JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommande, and 2017 IRC Two champion, Gilles Fournier's J/133 Pintia.

The podium for IRC Three was all British yachts, Bellino was the winner. Trevor Middleton's Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep, sailed by Jake Carter, continue to lead the RORC Season's Points Championship with second in class for the Morgan Cup. The Royal Navy Association's J/109 Jolly Jack Tar, skippered by Tom Thicknesse, was third in class for the Morgan Cup. In IRC Four, Just so, and Cora took the top two places. Cooper & England's Dehler 38 Longue Pierre was third in class, and just four seconds off the podium for the Morgan Cup.

The eighth race of the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship will be the East Coast Race, organised by the West Mersea Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The 125nm race across the North Sea finishing in Ostend, Belgium will start on Friday 28th June 2019.

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#rorc – 108 yachts crossed the start line for the 2015 Morgan Cup Race, the seventh race of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's season points championship writes race reporter Louay Habib. Although the race started at 7pm on Friday evening, due to the Summer Solstice, the fleet barely sailed more than a few hours in darkness. The gentle northerly wind, which eventually backed to the west, gave a spinnaker run for most of the 125 mile course. The majority of the fleet finished the race on Saturday afternoon, perfect timing to enjoy the hospitality of the Guernsey Yacht Club. Tide always plays a part in races to the Channel Islands and this year's Morgan Cup Race was no exception.
Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4, sailed by Frank Gerber, was the overall winner after IRC time correction, with British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered by Mikey Ferguson, taking Line Honours and second overall under IRC. Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret's French JPK 10.80, Dream Pearls was third overall.
"Piet was on the phone virtually as soon as we crossed the line" commented Tonnerre 4's Frank Gerber, referring to Piet Vroon, who has had a back operation. "He was absolutely delighted, it has been a month since we raced Tonnerre and we have some new faces on board, as well as some new sails. We saw a lot of our FR0 (fractional code zero), we put it up when we left the Solent and it came down when we got to St. Peter Port. Recently we have not had the luck of favourable tide in races, but I have to admit, this one was almost perfect. We did however park up off Guernsey for close to an hour. We had visions of the yachts behind catching us up, but the tide stayed positive and we made the new breeze on that."
In IRC 1, Steven Anderson's British Corby 40, Cracklin Rosie was the victor and leads the class for the season. Adrian Lower and David Smith's classic Swan 48, Snatch, was second just 36 seconds ahead of former RORC Commodore, Mike Greville, racing his Ker 39 Erivale III.
In IRC 2, there was a terrific battle between several yachts during the latter stages of the race, with a gybing duel between half a dozen or so, rock hopping along the Guernsey shore to escape the tide. Peter Newland's First 40.7, Anticipation, sailed by Charles Linard, won the class. RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine, racing First 40 La Réponse, was second by less than five minutes after time correction with Patrick Ponchelet's French X-40, Exception in third.
"It was all down to superb navigation!" laughed Richard Hammond, navigator for Anticipation. "Seriously, we really had great boat speed throughout the race, I can't really put a reason to that, it was a great all round effort from the entire crew. We knew we were in the hunt when we saw the boats around us near to the finish and the big factor was that we decided to go all the way inshore. Not only did we get out of the tide, we found a back eddy, which really worked like a dream. Our twin goals this season are the RORC Fastnet Race and the Season's Points Championship and we have had a highly successful weekend of racing towards those objectives, now time for a beer!"
In IRC Three, Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret's JPK 10.80, Dream Pearls, had a first class race, winning the class ahead of two extremely well sailed JPK 10.10s; Richard Searle's Pincer Movement and Pascal Loison's Night and Day. The light conditions will have suited the lighter two-handed teams. The Dream Pearls team, from St.Malo, won the class by five minutes and eight seconds after IRC time correction from Pincer Movement, with Night and Day in third.
14 yachts raced in the IRC Two Handed class and Richard Searle's British JPK 10.10, Pincer Movement was the winner, defeating the Rolex Fastnet champion, Night and Day, skippered by Pascal Loison. "We're still learning how to sail the boat, and how to work together Two Handed, so this is a fantastic result for us" commented Richard Searle, skipper of Pincer Movement, "co-skipper is Joe Banks, who would appreciate it if he gets a mention as I remember the lack of glamour the 'other guy' experiences on two-handed entries and it is very much a joint effort! Brilliant to be looking behind us, at the front of the French boats for a change! Those guys (Night & Day, Raging Bee) were fighting hard the whole way; definitely one of the most stressful races we've done, but perhaps that comes with winning." Louis-Marie Dussere's French JPK 10.10, Raging Bee was third and still retains the overall lead for the season.
In IRC 4, Noel Racine's French JPK 10.10, Foggy Dew was the winner, and extends their lead at the top of IRC 4 for the season. Class victory in the Morgan Cup Race was Foggy Dew's third win of the season. Christopher Spray's classic S&S 53, Stormy Weather of Cowes, was second. Launched in 1934, Stormy Weather of Cowes won the 1935 Fastnet Race. The beautiful yacht, designed by Olin Stephens will be taking part in the historic Rolex Fastnet Race once again this year, and will be competing against other classics, including Griff Rhys Jones' S&S 57, Argyll, which placed fourth in class for the Morgan Cup Race. Chris & Vanessa Choules' Sigma 38, With Alacrity was third in IRC 4 and will be celebrating as winners, having won the battle of the five Sigma 38s taking part in the race to Guernsey.
Tony Lawson's yacht racing stable continues to grow and impress, Class40 Concise8, skippered by Jack Trigger, won the Class40 division. Concise 2 skippered by Phillippa Hutton-Squire, and sporting an all-girls team, was second with Forty Shades Of Grey, sailed by David Pearce in third.
As reported earlier, racing for the RORC Season's Points Championship continues with the 100 mile Lyver Trophy Race, from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire across the Irish Sea. 

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The RORC Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with what looks like a tough race to Cherbourg writes Louay Habib.

Although Dun Laoghaire's Niall Dowling's J/111, Arabella currently leads the class for the season he is not competing in the Morgan Cup this weekend. Dating back to 1929, the solid silver trophy is one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes. But the 100-boat fleet may have to battle against strong winds to reach Cherbourg.

Weather models are predicting a wet beat to Cherbourg; it could well suit those yachts and crew that can best handle the tough conditions. Tactical weather expert Mike Broughton will be in the afterguard of pocket rocket Keronimo for the race.

"A large area of low pressure has been stationary 200 miles west of Ireland all week. By Friday morning it looks like a secondary low pressure system will be riding around its southern flank, moving like a slingshot towards the south western approaches. There will be gales in the western channel with Force 6/7 in the central channel from the westerly quadrant. However, it all depends on the final track of this system; even a little change in its direction will make a big change in the conditions for the race. It certainly looks like being windy on Saturday morning with potentially 25 to 30 knots from the west at dawn. If the low pressure system tracks south or intensifies, we could see significantly more wind and a difficult sea state," commented Broughton.

IRC Zero will be a match race between two high performance racing yachts: Derek Saunders' Venomous and Rob Gray and Sam Laidlaw's Bob. IRC One could well be a skirmish between Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens, and Jonathon Goring's Ker 40, Keronimo. However Chaz Ivill's Grand Soleil 54, John B, and Mike Greville's Ker 39, Erivale, are also proven race winners.

IRC Two has 32 yachts entered and the largest class could probably be described as the most competitive racing to Cherbourg. Niall Dowling's J/111, Arabella currently leads the class for the season but is not competing in the Morgan Cup. However, RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine's First 40, La Réponse will, no doubt, be in fierce competition with Neil Kipling's J/122 Joopster. They are currently second and third in IRC Two. IRC Two has a wide variety of well-sailed boats including ten First 40.7s who will also have their own private battle. IRC Three has eleven J/109s racing, and they are fast exciting boats; especially off the breeze. However this race looks like it could well favour the heavier displacement boats.

The current holder of the Morgan Cup is John Loden's HOD 35, Psipsina, who looked back at last year's race with fond memories. "Absolutely elated and very surprised to win!" exclaimed John. "My co-skipper Paddy and I knew that we had won the Two-Handed Class but we had no idea that we had won the race overall until we went for a beer in the yacht club bar. I have been racing double handed for eight years and I am delighted to see the class is becoming so popular. To do well, it is very important that the boat is well set up; this allows you to concentrate on sailing rather than fixing problems. It gave us immense satisfaction to win the prestigious cup last year, we had never set out to win overall but it just shows that everybody has a chance."

Seventeen yachts are entered in the Two-Handed Class. Nick Martin's J/105, Diablo-J, leads the 2011 Season's Points Championship with Matthias Kracht's JPK 9.6, Ultreia!, lying second. The Le Havre based Ultreia! will be looking to continue their winning ways, having won class and second in IRC overall in last month's Myth of Malham Race.

RORC Racing Manager Ian Loffhagen believes that heavy weather sailing experienced this season by the competitors has provided ideal preparation for the highlight of the championship, the forthcoming Rolex Fastnet Race.

"The Morgan Cup Race is the seventh race of the RORC Season's Points Championship and nearly all of them have been tough. Many of the yachts competing this weekend will be taking part in the Rolex Fastnet Race," commented Loffhagen. "The Club's Notice of Race clearly states that each yacht shall exercise her responsibility under RRS Fundamental Rule 4 and decide whether or not to start or to continue to race. The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone."

The Morgan Cup Race starts at the Squadron Line at 1900 BST on Friday June 17th. Late Entries are possible until Thursday 16th 1900 BST.

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