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Despite similar conditions as the three previous ISORA coastal races, Saturday's first offshore at nearly double the distance off Dun Laoghaire has produced substantially different results, with National Yacht Club Class two newcomer A Plus (Mick Flynn and Grant Kinsman) taking the IRC win overall.
The Wolf's Head qualifying race turned inside out when the wind died mid-race and smaller boats caught up with the leaders.
Provisional results published by ISORA here give second overall to Class 1 J99, Juggerknot 2, sailed double-handed by Royal Irish Yacht Club duo Andrew Alego and Mark McGibney. Third was More Mischief the Grzegorz Kalinecki skippered First 310.
Starting at 8 am at the Dun Laoghaire outfall buoy, the 11-boat fleet sailed a 50-mile course first to a Virtual Mark then to Kish light, South Codling, South India and the Muglins before finishing off Dun Laoghaire Pier Heads yesterday evening at tea time. The tracker is here. Light Westerly winds never got over 10-knots.
Reigning ISORA champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) crashed out of the running and finished eighth in IRC overall.
The race was the first qualifying race of the 2020 season for the Wolf's Head trophy but due to COVID-19, the ISORA fleet did not race cross channel but instead competed separately in two different offshores, one in Dublin and one off Pwlhelli, as Afloat previously reported.
Pwllheli Offshore Race
A turnout of just three boats for the Welsh edition saw Nigel Ingram's J109 Jetstream from Holyhead Sailing Club win from Andrew Hall's J125, Jackknife.
ISORA Race 4a slideshow below
The change arises from differences in COVID-19 regulations on either side of the Irish Sea. It's something of a bravo move by ISORA chiefs aiming to keep channel racing going in a week that has already seen the Round Ireland Race, the highlight of the offshore calendar, fall victim to the pandemic.
28 boats are entered so far for the first offshore of the season over a course size of 55-miles, nearly double the length of recent coastal races.
ISORA's top prize for the famous Wolf's Head is decided over the best of five races but this must include three qualifying offshore races. These races are long offshore courses and traditionally cross channel.
Unfortunately, though, differences in crew number limitations, port access and difficulties with overnight stays onboard have all conspired to make it impossible to run a qualifying race which is equitable and equally available to all competitors.
The result is that Saturday's racing will be scored taking account of the respective fleet sizes in both races.
Given ISORA entries currently show only two Welsh boats entered, it looks like it will be a small race in Wales and a larger race from Dublin Bay.
ISORA racing in these difficult times has only been possible because of the association's investment in technologies which allow remote desk-top race management and as ISORA's Stephen Tudor told Afloat, [the association is] "Making the best of difficult times to get sailors on the water both sides of the Irish Sea!"
Saturday's race four consequently is a 55 miler, weighted 1.1. In Ireland, it will be a Dun Laoghaire offshore and back to Dun Laoghaire and in Wales from Pwllheli to Pwllheli. The course will be published by 1200hrs on Friday, 31st July. The forecast for Dublin Bay indicates more light westerlies that have been a feature of ISORA's 2020 Viking Marine Coastal Series thus far.
The dominant form of the 2019 Irish yacht of the year, Paul O'Higgins' JPK10.80 Rockabill VI continues to stalk the ISORA racecourse, picking up another win at 1.30 am this morning off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the well attended night race, according to provisional results via the ISORA Yellowbrick tracker.
The 25-boat race was the third in the ISORA 2020 Re-Boot series and the third race of the Viking Marine sponsored Coastal Series of four.
The fleet started off Dun Laoghaire outfall buoy at 8 pm (the same as race one and two) and headed south to the Muglins and onto Breeches just north of Wicklow before heading back up the Dublin coast and a finish off Dun Laoghaire Pier heads.
Aurelia was line honours winner
Chris and Patanne Smith's J122 Aurelia from the Royal St George Yacht Club was the line honours winner but dropped to second overall on corrected time over the 32-mile course sailed in light south and south-west winds.
Third overall was the National Yacht Club's First 40.7 Tsunami (Vincent Farrell) in a clean sweep for Class Zero boats.
J99 wins IRC One
In IRC Class One, Andrew Algeo's J/99 took the gun from the J/109 Mojito with Prima Luce, third.
Black Velvet Takes IRC Two win
Leslie Parnell's Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Class Two winner from Greystones Harbour JOD 35 entry Red Alert. Third was Humdinger.
The JPK10.80 was the IRC overall and Class Zero winner according to provisional results published by ISORA via the association's tracker that are subject to official confirmation.
Second overall was the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) who was also the Class One winner.
The fleet contained a number of new entries for the second of the four-race mini-series including the new First 40 to Dublin Bay, Prima Forte and the Channel 32 Wavetrain from Greystones Sailing Club.
O'Higgins of the Royal Irish Yacht Club gave a fine display on how to navigate Dublin Bay's tidal currents even though hugging the Dublin Bay shoreline did not always look like the right move in the fickle sub-ten-knot westerlies as the 19-boat fleet started from the Dun Laoghaire Harbour's outfall Mark in Seapoint Bay.
Early into the 24-mile race, it appeared that boats such as first race winner George Sisk's WOW, an XP44, had secured the best pressure in the centre of the course in the light westerlies as the feet raced towards the first mark at the Muglins at the southern tip of Dublin Bay.
It became obvious though as the fleet exited the Bay that O'Higgins's ploy to hug the Scotsman's Bay shore in the south of the Bay in the last of the ebb tide was a race-winning move.
Second in Class One was the Grand Soleil 34, Justina, skippered by John Treanor, from the National Yacht Club who followed a similar strategy.
Class Two in the four-hour race was won by Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet who won from the Royal St. George J97 Windjammer.
Race 2 of the Viking Marine Coastal Race this morning will be a shorter 24-mile course from Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 0955.
From a start, at Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy, the expected 20-boat fleet will pass the Muglins on the Southern Tip of Dublin Bay.
From there the course is - ISORA Dublin Virtual Mark Gate - (Muglins (S) and the ISORA Dublin Virtual Mark (P)) East Kish (S) Killiney Outfall (P) Bray Outfall (P) Pass through the Muglins - ISORA Dublin Virtual Mark Gate - (Muglins (P) - and the ISORA Dublin Mark (S))
The finish is between the between Dun Laoghaire Pier Heads.
The form boat WOW, George Sisk's XP44 that won last weekend's race and Thursday's DBSC race is expected to compete.
Winds are as per forecast, light westerlies.
Live Dublin Bay webcam here and Race Tracker below
Conditions look equally tricky this Saturday and a similar 35-mile course is planned. The forecast is for more light westerlies with the chance of a sea breeze to get the fleet around just a bit quicker than the first race's marathon 11-hours for some.
Chasing hard in second place is the Class One J109 Mojito sailed by Anthony Doyle of Skerries with a full Irish crew. Third, is reigning ISORA champion Rockabill VI, the JPK10.80 of Paul O'Higgins from the RIYC.
Scores for the coastal series count three results from four races with one discard applicable after four sailed.
The ISORA fleet now stands at over 20 boats with another new entry being a Beneteau First 40, Prima Forte. This is the First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier Zen and a veteran of several British Commodore's Cup teams that arrived into Dublin Bay in January.
ISORA competitors must use a mandatory crew manager app to register crew names before each race according to the association's updated Sailing Instructions.
Race two starts on Saturday at 0955 with the possibility of a glimpse of the fleet from the live Dublin Bay webcam if the fleet head south
Race tracker is below:
The 2020 ISORA season got underway last Saturday with a 35-mile Viking Marine sponsored coastal race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour and was won by the Royal Irish's WOW (George Sisk) as Afloat reported here.
The 'ISORA Crewmanager App' logs crew names and mobile phone numbers as well as shore contact names and phone numbers.
Skippers are required by ISORA's Sailing Instructions to register all crew using the app that the association says will only be used for:
- for safety purposes and in an instance of an emergency.
- if required in association with the ISORA COVID Protocol and Contact Tracing
The App is available for Apple and Android phones.
George Sisk's XP44 WOW took an emphatic win in the first ISORA race of the 2020 season yesterday when racing got off to a decidedly tricky start in the first of four Viking Marine Coastal Series races on Dublin Bay.
Provisional results on ISORA's tracker (scroll down for tracker) handed the line honours, IRC and Class Zero victories to the Royal Irish's WOW with Welsh J109 Mojito skippered by Anthony Doyle from Skerries and sailed by an Irish crew second. Sisk's clubmate Paul O'Higgins in the JPK10.80 was third in IRC overall.
A great turnout of 19 boats made for a great spectacle under a colourful reaching start at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Outfall buoy, where a fleet that included both current and former ISORA champions, plotted a course around Dublin Bay that included the use of ISORA's virtual marks.
The fleet started at 0955 under National Yacht Club Race Officer Larry Power and headed for a Dublin Bay Virtual Mark to port. But as soon as the fleet sailed the short distance across the Harbour Mouth and into Scotsman's Bay, the wind died away on the first of many occasions in the 34-miler over seven hours.
The fleet then negotiated a series of sail changes before heading for Bennett and then the Killiney Outfall buoy. From there the boats rounded the Muglins to Port and finished between Dun Laoghaire's Pier Heads, many returning home around 6 pm. Review the race on the Tracker below.
In the forecasted IRC 2 battle between the J97 Windjammer, the ISORA A31debutante APlus and Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet, it was Denis Power and Lindsey Casey's J97 from the Royal St. George Yacht Club that came out on top and RIYC's Parnell second, according to provisional tracker results.
This morning's Dun Laoghaire Viking Marine Coastal Race (Re-Boot) course has drawn a potent fleet of ISORA 19 boats that includes former champions Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox) from North Wales and reigning champions Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins). The entry list is below and the fleet previewed here.
This morning's race that will be sailed in light to medium west to south-west winds marks the start of the 2020 offshore season with a course beginning and ending off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The fleet start off Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy at 0955 and leave a Dublin Bay Virtual Mark to port before heading for Bennett and then the Killiney Outfall buoy. From there the boats will round the Mugling to Port and finish between Dun Laoghaire's Pier Heads. Follow the fleet on the Tracker below.
ISORA Race Tracker
ISORA Competitors Race One
|IRC Class 2||A Plus||IRL 977||Archambault 31||NationalYacht Club||Mick Flynn and Grant Kinsman||0.978|
|IRC Class 0||Aurelia||IRL 35950||J122||Royal St George Yacht Club||Chris & Patanne Power Smith||1.076|
|IRC Class 2||Black Velvet||IRL 3471||First 34.7||Royal Irish Yacht Club||Leslie Parnell||0.983|
|IRC Class 0||Hot Cookie||GBR7536R||Sunfast 3600||NationalYacht Club||John O'Gorman||1.043|
|IRC Class 2||Humdinger||IRL 1357||Jenneau Sunfast 37||Arklow Sailing Club||John Conlon||0.980|
|IRC Class 1||Indian||IRL 1543||J109||Howth Yacht Club||Colm Buckley & Simon Knowles||1.007|
|IRC Class 1||Juggerknot 2||IRL 3990||J99||Royal Irish Yacht Club||Andrew Alego||1.012|
|IRC Class 0||Lively Lady||IRL 1644||First 44.7||Royal Irish Yacht Club||Rodney & Keith Martin||1.089|
|IRC Class 1||Mojito||GBR 9047R||J109||Pwllheli Sailing Club||Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox||1.008|
|IRC Class 2||More Mischief||IRL 966||First 310||ISA||Grzegorz Kalinecki||0.911|
|IRC Class 1||Prima Luce||IRL 3504||Beneteau First 35||Royal Irish Yacht Club||Philip O'Dwyer||1.015|
|IRC Class 0||Rebellion||IRL 6001||Nicholson 58||NationalYacht Club||John Hughes Hanlon O'Mahony||1.043|
|IRC Class 0||Rockabill VI||IRL 1080||JPK 10.8||Royal Irish Yacht Club||Paul O'Higgins||1.050|
|IRC Class 0||Samatom||GBR1345R||XC45||Howth Yacht Club||Robert Rendell||1.074|
|IRC Class 0||Tsunami||IRL 4007||First 40.7||NationalYacht Club||Vincent Farrell||1.052|
|IRC Class 0||WOW||IRL 4419||XP44||Royal Irish Yacht Club||George Sisk||1.125|
|IRC Class 2||Wardance||7360||Sigma 38||TBC||Sean Hawkshaw||0.977|
|IRC Class 2||Windjammer||IRL 2597||J97||Royal St George Yacht Club||Lindsey J Casey & Denis Power||0.972|
|IRC Class 0||YOYO||3618||Jeanneau 3600||Royal St George Yacht Club||Brendan Coghlan||1.036|
Offshore entries are building nicely for Saturday's first ISORA race of the season climbing from ten boats on Monday to 18 on Wednesday, indicating a fleet of 20 plus is possible for the weekend's outing.
The first race in the 12-race ISORA series is also the first race in the Viking Marine Irish Coastal Series, a mini-series of four races.
Another Royal Irish entry Andrew Algeo's J99, Juggerknot II is also entered as is the Sunfast 3600s Yoyo owned by Brendan Coughlan of the Royal St George and Hot Cookie, skippered by John O'Gorman from the National Yacht Club.
In the smaller sizes, the ever-competitive J97 Windjammer will be testing herself against the new (to Dublin) A31, A-plus, from the NYC. Both of these are similar in rating so it will be interesting to see how they go on Saturday once the cobwebs are blown away.
Slightly bigger, but with only a slightly higher rating will be the Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet, skippered by Leslie Parnell of the Royal Irish.
Nice medium air westerlies are forecasted in 18-degree temperatures.
The course for Race 1 will be published before 12.00hrs on Friday 3rd July.
Check out the latest ISORA entries here