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J122 Black Dog is RORC IRC 2 UK National Champion

20th June 2021
Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 Black Dog
Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 Black Dog Credit: Paul Wyeth

Time and tide wait for no man - with the faint zephyrs of wind failing to stabilise, there was no racing on the final day of the Royal Ocean Racing Club UK IRC National Championship. The IRC Class leaders after six races remain unchanged.

Niklas Zennstrom's FAST40+ Rán won IRC One by a single point from Peter Morton's GP42 Jean Genie. Hamilton & Gillon's GP42 Khumbu was third, just a point behind Jean Genie. Ed Fishwick's GP42 Redshift finished the regatta in fourth. Rán retains the class win from 2020, and this is the fourth occasion that Rán Racing has won at the RORC IRC National Championship.

Niklas Zennström’s FAST40+ Rán Photo: Paul WyethNiklas Zennström’s FAST40+ Rán Photo: Paul Wyeth

Stuart Sawyer's J/122 Black Dog was the winner ahead of Rob Bottomley's Mat 12 Sailplane. Russell Peters' Cape 31 Squirt finished the regatta in third place for the class. The 16-strong class was very competitive with six boats scoring race-podium finishes including, Michael Blair's King 40 Cobra, Mills 39 Zero II sailed by James Gair, and Lance Adams' Cape 31 Katabatic.

Adam Gosling JPK 1080 Yes! with RORC Commodore, James Neville. Photo: Paul WyethAdam Gosling JPK 1080 Yes! with RORC Commodore, James Neville. Photo: Paul Wyeth

Adam Gosling's JPK 1080 Yes! scored four race wins to become the IRC National Champion for IRC Three. Gosling has won class at the IRC Championship a record five times. Howell & Newell's A35 Arcus, reigning IRC Overall National Champion, was class runner up this year. McNamara & Lowe's First 40.7 Incognito was third in class. John Cooper's J/112E Jooped missed the podium by just half a point! The 12-strong class saw seven boats score race-podium finishes including, John Allen's X 302 Antix, Bruce Huber's J/112E Xanaboo, and Toby Gorman's Sigma 33 Stan The Boat.

Detailed Results here

Racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club continues offshore with the RORC Season's Points Championship. The De Guingand Bowl Race is scheduled to start on Saturday 26th June from the RYS Line in Cowes.

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  • Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and the IRC European Championship (includes the Commodores' Cup) in the Solent
  • The RORC works with other yacht clubs to promote their offshore races and provides marketing and organisational support. The RORC Caribbean 600, based in Antigua and the first offshore race in the Caribbean, has been an instant success. The 10th edition took place in February 2018. The RORC extended its organisational expertise by creating the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, the first of which was in November 2014
  • The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after a merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4,000

At A Glance – RORC 

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Royal Ocean Racing Club T: +44 (0) 1983 295144 E: [email protected] W:

Royal Ocean Racing Club:

20 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NN, Tel: 020 7493 2248 E: [email protected] 

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