One of the few boats with the potential to break the stranglehold of the J109 type in the very competitive class one of this weekend's ICRA National Championships has been forced out of the Royal St. George competition due to mast damage.
Colin Byrne, of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, who has sailed to so much success in his Danish built XP33 design previously won the ICRA title in 2013 when the championships sailed at Tralee Bay in County Kerry.
Byrne’s IRC cruiser one fleet, with over 20 boats competing, is one of the strongest of all ICRA’s classes, bucking the trend for IRC classes nationwide and in the UK.
But in an unfortunate twist, Byrne will not now contest the championships on his local waters. "We are out, I'm afraid! Mast not yet fixed and unlikely to be for a few weeks yet. Such is life!" he told Afloat.
Anyone of nine J109s, a cruiser one type that has proved so potent on the Bay’s inshore regatta circuit and offshore across the Irish Sea is tipped to take the title here.