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Strong and gusty southeasterly winds on the Irish Sea swept Andrew and Sam Hall's Welsh J125 Jackknife to victory by almost 20 minutes on corrected time in Saturday's 12-hour ISORA race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire.

Despite an entry of 18, 11 boats came to the Pwllheli Sailing Club line for race nine of the Musto-sponsored offshore series. Host club boats took five of the top seven places in the 80-mile dash across the channel, a race which had, by contrast, taken 24 hours duration from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on May 12th.

J125 Jackknife's win is a significant one, given it is now less than a month before the season highlight of the Round Ireland Race at Wicklow, even though the Halls will be taking their Lombard 46 Pata Negra round instead of Jackknife.

The potent downwind J125 finished in 12 hours, 23 minutes, and 47 seconds corrected, with clubmates Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox's new J122 Mojito taking second place at 12:42:52 corrected.

Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox's new J122 Mojito Photo: AfloatPeter Dunlop and Victoria Cox's new J122 Mojito Photo: Afloat

Third was Alan Hannon's RORC entry, the JPK 1030 Coquine, from Belfast Lough, also a Round Ireland entry, from Belfast Lough on 12:52:19.

Alan Hannon's RORC entry, the JPK 1030 Coquine, from Belfast LoughAlan Hannon's RORC entry, the JPK 1030 Coquine, from Belfast Lough

Meanwhile, ISORA stalwart Chris Power Smith took the overall win in Kinsale Yacht Club's shortened Inistearaght Race off the Irish south coast on Saturday, as Afloat reports here.

See results below

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The Shanahan family J109, Ruth, of the National Yacht Club, pulled off a late-race victory in Saturday's marathon ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwhelli in North Wales.

The win is a significant result in one of the biggest ISORA fleets in a number of seasons and comes against some top Welsh rivals as preparations heat up for June's season Round Ireland Race offshore sailing highlight of 2024.

The results are provisional and viewable below.

While conditions looked like they might favour big boats in Class Zero, the 17-boat turnout (six more than this race last year) in the first cross-channel race of the Irish Sea Offshore season turned out to be a very tight race under very tricky conditions—light winds and very strong tides.

The First 50 Checkmate (David Cullen & Nigel Biggs) achieved line honours, followed by the J125 Jackknife (Andrew & Sam Hall) and the J122 Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox).

The scenario changed on IRC rating as smaller boats made ground in the latter stages of the 90-miler pushing the big boats back down the ratings ladder.  The top Class Zero performance came from Royal St George Yacht Club's Chris Power Smith in the J122 Aurelia who will seek to defend his line honours title in Kinsale's 280-mile Inistearaght Race later this month.

Finishing just after 5 am after a race of some 21 hours, Ruth took first in IRC overall and IRC Class One ahead of Mark Thompson's Welsh J97 Jac Y Do. Third was Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough JPK 1030 Coquine.

Light air start at Dun Laoghaire

A building flood tide held boats off the ISORA West Pier line. In the final minute of some well-timed pre-start manoeuvers, NYC Race Officer Barry MacNeaney observed many boats looked like they could be early, so he warned competitors on the VHF radio. It was well heeded, and moments later, McNeaney called 'All clear'. There was a clean start, and race eight was underway.

The pin end of the line was favoured by those keen on getting out of the tide and into the shore, so there were a busy few seconds when ISORA Champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'higgins) and Gelert (Brian Dixon & Chris Williams) both found there was no room at the buoy and were forced to gybe around.

As the 17-boat fleet approaches the start line for  the 90-mile Rrace eight from Dun Laoghaire to Wales in barely any breeze, there's no room for Gelert (GBR 1681R) or the approaching Rockabill VI (IRL10800) at the yellow pin end buoy Photo: AfloatAs the 17-boat fleet approaches the start line for the 90-mile race eight from Dun Laoghaire to Wales in barely any breeze, there's no room for Gelert (GBR 1681R) or the approaching Rockabill VI (IRL10800) at the yellow pin end buoy Photo: Afloat

.....leaving both of them no option but to tack off and try again.....Photo: Afloat.....leaving both of them no option but to tack off and try again.....Photo: Afloat

...giving the eventual line honours winner, the First 50 Checkmate (IRL 66) clear air for her well-timed start...Photo: Afloat...giving the eventual line honours winner, the First 50 Checkmate (IRL 66) clear air for her well-timed start...Photo: Afloat

The JPK 1080 Rockabill VI eventually starts in front of her smaller sister the JPK 1030 Coquine (GBR10301) from Belfast Lough leaving the Corby 36 Gelert to negotiate a tricky to leeward position Photo: AfloatThe JPK 1080 Rockabill VI eventually starts in front of her smaller sister the JPK 1030 Coquine (GBR10301) from Belfast Lough leaving the Corby 36 Gelert to negotiate a tricky to leeward position Photo: Afloat

As the rock-hopping gathered pace at the pier, the well-positioned J122 Mojio, which had started further down the line, cleared the Harbour mouth in a single tack. It held some good breeze up to six knots and was soon in the lead on the water and on the tracker as the fleet hugged the southern shore of Dublin Bay, entering the Irish Sea at Muglin's Rock off Dalkey.

The ISORA fleet tacks off Dun Laoghaire Harbour mouth in a bid to escape a building flood tide on their 90 mile crossing to North Wales Photo: AfloatThe ISORA fleet tacks off Dun Laoghaire Harbour mouth in a bid to escape a building flood tide on their 90 mile crossing to North Wales Photo: Afloat

Ryan Wilson's Matt 1010 Elixir from Northern Ireland on port tack with the J125 Jackknife in the very early stages of the ISORA race eight at Dun Laoghaire Photo: AfloatRyan Wilson's Matt 1010 Elixir from Northern Ireland on port tack with Andrew Hall's J125 Jackknife on starboard in the very early stages of the ISORA race eight at Dun Laoghaire Photo: Afloat

Line honours winner, the First 50 Checkmate XX gets up close with Dun Laoghaire's East Pier lighthouse Photo: AfloatLine honours winner, the First 50 Checkmate XX gets up close with Dun Laoghaire's East Pier lighthouse Photo: Afloat

JPK 1080 Rockabill VI ahead of J125 Jackknife at the back of Dun Laoghaire's West Pier Photo: AfloatJPK 1080 Rockabill VI ahead of J125 Jackknife at the back of Dun Laoghaire's West Pier Photo: Afloat

There was a selection of several tipped J designs racing, ranging from 41 to 31 feet, including a J125, a J111, two J122s, a J109 and a J97. In the end, however, it was the proven all-round performance of the vintage J109 that won through; a potency which has already been reflected this season in April's double win by the Howth J109 Indian in the Viking Marine ISORA coastal series.

There were several J designs in the 17-boat ISORA fleet for race eight, with the above (from left) showing the IRC overall winner a J109, Ruth, the J122 Mojto and the J111 Jezebel Photo: AfloatThere were several J designs in the 17-boat ISORA fleet for race eight, with the above (from left) showing the IRC overall winner a J109, Ruth, the J122 Mojto and the Cris Miles J111 Jezebel Photo: Afloat 

But after eight hours of sailing, the leaders had sailed just 30 miles of the 90-mile course, and at this point, the J122 Mojito and the First 50 Checkmate XX were holding sway on the water and IRC.

Early leader - The J122 Mojito was an on the water and IRC leader in the early stages of the ISORA Cross Channel race Photo: AfloatEarly leader - The J122 Mojito was an on the water and IRC leader in the early stages of the ISORA Cross Channel race Photo: Afloat

The tracker for ISORA's 90-mile race eight from Dun Laoghaire shows an exciting finish into Pwllheli, North Wales after 20 hours of racing Image: via YB trackerThe tracker for ISORA's 90-mile race eight from Dun Laoghaire shows an exciting finish into Pwllheli, North Wales after 21 hours of racing Image: via YB tracker

Next up for the ISORA fleet is the Pwhelli to Dun Laoghaire Race on May 25th.

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Several J-boat designs are among favourites for Saturday's first ISORA cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli.

Ten Welsh entries, including the new J122 Mojito, will swell the fleet to over 20 when they set sail from the Dun Laoghaire line under National Yacht Club Race Officers Barray MacNeaney and Larry Power at 8 a.m. on Saturday for an all-in classes start.

The selection of six Js racing ranges from 41 to 31 feet and includes a J125, a J111, two J122s, a J109 and a J97.

Two entries are from Bangor in Northern Ireland: Alan Hannon's JPK1030 Coquine (above) and the X-Yacht, Excession for ISORA's first cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday morning Photo: Afloat Two entries are from Bangor in Northern Ireland: Alan Hannon's JPK1030 Coquine (above) and the X-Yacht, Excession for ISORA's first cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday morning Photo: Afloat 

Two entries are from Bangor in Northern Ireland: Alan Hannon's JPK1030 Coquine and the X-Yacht, Excession

J109 Indian from Howth and J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in ISORA's first cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday morning Photo: AfloatJ109 Indian from Howth and J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in ISORA's first cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday morning Photo: Afloat

The Simon Knowles skippered J109 boat is a double winner in ISORA's April coastal mini-series, winning both races in light to medium airs that look likely to be repeated in this weekend's race to Wales but the HYC campaign is not racing cross channel.

The J125 Jackknife from Pwllheli Sailing Club is one of ten Welsh entries in ISORA's first cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday morning Photo: AfloatThe J125 Jackknife from Pwllheli Sailing Club is one of ten Welsh entries in ISORA's first cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday morning Photo: Afloat

Weather forecasts say southerly winds ranging from 7 to 17 mph can be expected for the crossing.

The JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI is the defending ISORA champion and will be on the line for Saturday's first cross-channel race of 2024 Photo: AfloatThe JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI is the defending ISORA champion and will be on the line for Saturday's first cross-channel race of 2024 Photo: Afloat

With six weeks to go to the Round Ireland Race start and with much of the ISORA fleet using Saturday's 90-miler as a warm-up, it will also be the first time this season that the Welsh and Irish boats have raced against each other.

Although the published entry list (below) says 21, there have been a number of cancellations such as John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie. Also, not racing is the Greystones canting keeler, the Elliott 57.

Meanwhile, there is still no final date for the postponed first April Dun Laoghaire coastal race to complete the four-race series. 

"It’s been [racing] every weekend since early April. I expect it will be held during the midsummer lull, ISORA's Peter Ryan told Afloat.

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Most offshore sailors would be well pleased to have notched their season’s start with a win in April, but Howth’s Simon Knowles goes into May with two bullets already in the bag for the J/109 Indian in the first races of the ISORA Viking Marine 2024 programme.

Curiously enough, although he was frustrated by unseasonably flukey and sometimes non-existent winds in his February challenge with a chartered J/122 in the RORC Caribbean 600, he says he likes the concentration challenge of light wind racing provided it’s on a reasonably level playing field. And he certainly has demonstrated his expertise in the soft going, with several established and new contenders left in Indian’s wake.

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There was a second consecutive ISORA coastal race win for the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian crew skippered by Simon Knowles on Sunday after a light to medium air test in the longest race of the Viking Marine series so far.

The north Dublin boat took its first coastal win in similar conditions last weekend as Afloat reported here

Just under eight weeks before the big circuit, things are hotting up for Round Ireland Race campaigners with a potent 14-boat offshore fleet on show in ISORA's fourth coastal mini-series race off the Dublin and Wicklow coasts.

Second overall on IRC was Coquine Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough-based JPK 1030, which eclipsed her bigger sistership, the ISORA champion 2023 Rockabill VI, which finished third in spite of a fast exit out of Dublin Bay in the first stage of the race.

All three podium finishers are in training for the 700-mile Round Ireland. 

The latest addition to the fleet is a canting-keel 57-footer. The Greystones Harbour Elliott 57, Opal (Frank Whelan), took line honours as expected, sporting a new set of sails for season 2024.

The canting keel Opal skippered by Frank Whelan from Greystones Harbour, an Elliott 57, was the largest boat in the ISORA fleet and was the line honours winner Photo: Afloat(Above and below) the canting keel Opal skippered by Frank Whelan from Greystones Harbour, an Elliott 57, was the largest boat in the ISORA fleet and was the line honours winner in the 28-mile race Photo: Afloat

Opal skippered by Frank Whelan from Greystones Harbour, an Elliott 57

ISORA's Race 7, the fourth Irish Coastal Race, began at 11.00 a.m. for all classes for the 28-mile race. It started at Dun Laoghaire's Outfall buoy at the West Pier, then passed the Muglins (S), to Moulditch Buoy (P), to East Kish (P), and back into Dublin Bay to a finish at DL between the pier heads, which the line honours winner Opal completed in a time of three hours and 42 minutes.

Simon Knowles steered the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian to a second light-air win in ISORA's coastal mini-series sponsored by Viking Marine Photo: AfloatSimon Knowles steered the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian to a second light-air win in ISORA's coastal mini-series sponsored by Viking Marine Photo: Afloat

The race had all the necessary ingredients to reward the competitors: steady wind, spring sunshine, a competitive fleet and a local pod of harbour porpoises to escort the boats past Dalkey Island to boot! 

Second overall on IRC, Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough-based JPK 1030 Coquine navigated. a course close to the south shore of Dublin Bay in the fourth ISORA coastal mini-series race sponsored by Viking Marine Photo: AfloatSecond overall on IRC, Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough-based JPK 1030 Coquine navigated. a course close to the south shore of Dublin Bay in the fourth ISORA coastal mini-series race sponsored by Viking Marine Photo: Afloat

The fleet clung to the Bay's southern shore in a bid to escape the worst of a building flood tide. It meant most of the the fleet put in multiple gybes as they sailed downwind in the north-west wind under asymmetric spinnaker but Rockabill VI with the advantage of a symmetric kite needed only two or three gybes to clear Dublin Bay and had the ability to run dead downwind in the useful gusts presented by the offshore wind of ten knots or so.

Third overall Paul O'Higgins' JPK 1080 Rockabill VI clears the Muglins to starboard under her symmetric spinnaker Photo: AfloatThird overall Paul O'Higgins' JPK 1080 Rockabill VI clears the Muglins to starboard and sets a course for Moulditch buoy off Greystones under her symmetric spinnaker Photo: Afloat

There were a number of retirals including Nick Miller's First 31.7 Mayfly and Michael Murphy's Sigma 38, State O'Chassis.

A Dublin Bay pod of dolphins escorted the ISORA boats past Dalkey Island and the Muglins Photo: Afloat A Dublin Bay pod of harbour porpoises escort the ISORA boats past Dalkey Island and the Muglins Photo: Afloat 

The next ISORA fixture is the first cross-channel race of the season which is May 11th's 75-miler from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli in North Wales.

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National Yacht Club organisers have confirmed that the 15-boat ISORA fleet will race a 28-mile coastal race from Dun Laoghaire.

As Afloat reported previously, the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) returns to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour line this Sunday at 11 am for the fourth of five races in ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal Series.

Forecasts say light northwest winds will take the 15-boat fleet off the line on Sunday morning. 

Sunday's ISORA coastal race will start off Dun Laoghaire using the outfall buoy as the pin end of the start line Photo: AfloatSunday's ISORA coastal race will start off Dun Laoghaire using the outfall buoy as the pin end of the start line Photo: Afloat

The April mini-series is part of the overall Irish Sea offshore racing season and is organised by the National Yacht Club for the Vincent Farrell Trophy.

ISORA's Race 7 - the fourth Irish Coastal Race course will be: Start at DL Outfall, Muglins (S) 53 16.52 N 06 04.58 W, Moulditch Buoy (P) 53 08.548 N 06 01.23 W, East Kish (P) 53 14.35 N 05 53.56 W and finish at DL between pier heads.

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Having won last Sunday's race, the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) returns to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour line this Sunday at 11 am for the fourth of five races in ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal Series.

Forecasts say light northwest winds will take the 15-boat fleet off the line on Sunday morning. 

The April mini-series is part of the overall Irish Sea offshore racing season and is organised by the National Yacht Club for the Vincent Farrell Trophy.

The Wicklow-based Elliott 50 Opal (Frank Whelan) from Greystones Harbour Photo: AfloatThe Wicklow-based Elliott 57 Opal (Frank Whelan) from Greystones Harbour Photo: Afloat

 The final course – most likely the longest of the series so far – will be selected on Saturday.

The ISORA champion JPK 10.80, Rockabill VIThe ISORA champion JPK 10.80, Rockabill VI Photo: Afloat

A mixed cruiser racer fleet is slated to contest the 30-miler, which has a five-hour time limit and includes most of last week's race entry, including the ISORA champion JPK 10.80, Rockabill VI, the IRC Coastal division winner of the 2023 Sovereign's Cup, Checkmate XX, and the second-race joint winner, Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia.

Checkmate XX from Howth in light airs mode Yacht Club Photo: AfloatCheckmate XX from Howth in light airs mode Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough, JPK 10.30 Coquine, will also return on Sunday. The largest boat in the fleet, the Wicklow-based Elliott 57 Opal (Frank Whelan) from Greystones Harbour, will make its 2024 ISORA debut. 

The ISORA Race fleet for the fourth of five races in the Viking Marine Coastal Series on April 28thThe ISORA Race fleet for the fourth of five races in the Viking Marine Coastal Series on April 28th

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Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Simon Knowles) was the winner of Sunday's 11-boat Viking Marine coastal race with ISORA JPK 1030 debutante Alan Hannon finishing second.

A light wind start for the third ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: AfloatA light wind start for the third ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Afloat

The J109 Indian crew make the best of the light winds Photo: AfloatThe J109 Indian crew make the best of the light winds Photo: Afloat

The third coastal race of 2024 got underway in less than five knots off Dun Laoghaire Harbour's West Pier, but by the time the fleet reached Scotsman's Bay and exited Dublin Bay off Dalkey Island, the breeze had increased to a steady six or seven knots, producing some champagne conditions by the time the race was shortened at north Kish to satisfy the four-hour limit.

The unmistakable decal of Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough JPK 1030 Coquine with Rockabill VI ahead and to leeward Photo: AfloatThe unmistakable decal of Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough JPK 1030 Coquine with Rockabill VI ahead and to leeward Photo: Afloat

Finishing third was reigning ISORA champion (Paul O'Higgins, Royal Irish Yacht Club) in the larger JPK 1080, Rockabill VI.

Reigning ISORA champion Paul O'Higgins's JPK 1080, Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Photo: AfloatReigning ISORA champion Paul O'Higgins's JPK 1080, Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

"Those that turned out were rewarded with a great race", ISORA boss Peter Ryan told Afloat. 

The ISORA fleet leave the bay on race three of the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series Photo: AfloatThe ISORA fleet leave the bay on race three of the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series Photo: Afloat

The next ISORA race on the 2024 calendar is on Sunday, April 28th following Saturday's first DBSC race of the season. After that, ISORA's Irish and Welsh fleets will then combine for the first cross-channel race.

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Crews anticipate shortening Sunday's 24-mile course in ISORA's third Viking Marine coastal race due to a light wind forecast, keeping the duration to the promised four-hour time limit. 

That will be in marked contrast to last Saturday's sail-busting weather that saw an eight-boat fleet race a fast course in 20-knot westerlies under spinnaker to North Kish on Dublin Bay.

A three to five-knot north-easterly is forecast for Sunday morning off Dun Laoghaire as Ireland's biggest marine leisure centre enjoys the first fine boating weekend weather of the year.

Sunday's course will follow the usual start for all classes at 11 am: from the Dun Laoghaire Outfall buoy to the Muglins (S) to Bray Outfall (P) to North Kish (P), then to ISORA Dublin Virtual (S) and a finish between the pier heads at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Sunday's ISORA's third Viking Marine coastal race course will follow a usual start from the Dun Laoghaire Outfall buoy for all classes at 11 am to the Muglins (S) to Bray Outfall (P) to North Kish (P), then to ISORA Dublin Virtual (S) and a finish between the pier heads at Dun Laoghaire HarbourSunday's ISORA's third Viking Marine coastal race course will follow a usual start from the Dun Laoghaire Outfall buoy for all classes at 11 am to the Muglins (S) to Bray Outfall (P) to North Kish (P), then to ISORA Dublin Virtual (S) and a finish between the pier heads at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

As Afloat reported earlier, the fleet is hotting up for the third race. The Belfast Lough JPK 1030 Coquine, skippered by Alan Hannon, arrived in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday for the weekend fixture.

Among the contestants are last week's Dun Laoghaire joint winners, the J122 Aurelia (Chris Power Smith) from the Royal St. George Yacht Club and ISORA 2023 champion, the JPK 1080 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Some early mid-week training has ensured the return of the J122 Aurelia (Chris Power Smith) from the Royal St. George Yacht Club to the ISORA circuit has been a successful one Photo: AfloatSome early mid-week training on Dublin Bay has ensured the return of the J122 Aurelia (Chris Power Smith) from the Royal St. George Yacht Club to the ISORA circuit has been a successful one Photo: Afloat

Also expected are visitors to the bay from the nearby Howth Yacht Club

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Following Saturday's dead heat for first place in ISORA's season coastal race opener, 14 boats have entered next Sunday's four-hour race. 

Among the contestants are last week's Dun Laoghaire winners, the J122 Aurelia (Chris Power Smith) from the Royal St. George Yacht Club and ISORA 2023 champion, the JPK 1080 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 

Also expected are visitors to the bay from nearby Howth Yacht Club and also from Belfast Lough with the JPK 1030 Coquine skippered by Alan Hannon.

Sunday's race featured strong and gusty south westerly conditions for a fast race to North Kish and back as Afloat reported here.

Upbeat ISORA race organiser Peter Ryan says online entry is still open for next weekend's race. 'All are welcome,' he adds, and 'Good weather is guaranteed'.

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