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Irish J99 Juggerknot II Gets Maiden Sail at Spi Ouest Regatta

20th April 2019
Three races were sailed at Spi Ouest Regatta today Three races were sailed at Spi Ouest Regatta today Photo: David ADEMAS /Spi Ouest

Light winds that have caused so many problems at the World Cup in Genoa have also beset IRC racing in Cowes and at Spi Ouest Regatta at La Trinite Sur Mer this weekend.

The RORC Easter Regatta is two days in and there's not a race sailed yet on the Solent. With two complete days of no wind, there is a very poor forecast for the final day tomorrow too.

In France, the Spi Ouest Regatta, where Andrew Algeo's new J99 is having its maiden sail in IRC B division, is also confronting light winds.

The 400 boat regatta lost the first day to no wind but got three races in today, in light to moderate airs.

Neither of the two new J99s racing have found the going to their liking so far and, most interestingly, a 20-year-old Beneteau design has won all three races in IRC class B.

The French J lance J99 crew (a full works team) is 10th overall. Juggerknot II (Andrew Algeo) is 19th from 26 with the well sailed Beneteau 40.7 Pen Koent winning all the races today.

Results are here

Published in ICRA, RORC
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While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

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