Friday, June 24, 2016

J/133 PINTIA Three-Peats- Wins RORC Morgan Cup!

J/105 sailing RORC Morgan Cup race (Cowes, IOW, England)- The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continued this past weekend with the prestigious Morgan Cup Race, which finished in Dieppe for the first time since 2013. The 130-150 mile race marks the halfway stage in the championship. Dieppe is the mostly easterly destination of any of the RORC races starting from Cowes, with stronger tides adding an additional flavor to the strategic mix.

Highly changeable weather was forecast for the early part of the race, with a fresh westerly breeze anticipated in the latter. Competitors were looking forward to a warm welcome at the Cercle de la Voile de Dieppe (CVD) and Dieppe; a port well known for its superb seafood restaurants and the 17th century Chateau de Dieppe, now a museum with a strong maritime collection.

Racing under the IRC Rating System, a wide variety of yachts raced from Great Britain, France and the Netherlands.

In IRC Two, Gilles Fournier's French J/133 PINTIA continued their impressive form for the season by winning class for a third race in a row and placing third overall for the Morgan Cup Race. Christopher Daniel's British J/122E JUNO was second in class.

In IRC Four, nine teams competed, including second overall for the RORC Season's Points Championship, Rob Nelson's British J/105 BIGFOOT.  In the race, Nelson took home the silver, further strengthening his position in the class and, as a result, also took a fourth in the IRC Doublehanded Class.

The RORC Season's Points Championship continues with Volvo Round Ireland Race, which starts on Saturday 18 June. Organized by Wicklow Sailing Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Irish Yacht Club.  At this stage, the Nelson’s J/105 BIGFOOT is putting their big fat toehold onto the overall season points championship, currently winning the series overall, the Two-Handed series overall, and IRC 4 class overall— an amazing “first” for a J/Team in RORC Seasons Points Championship history!  Fifth is Fournier’s J/133 PINTIA with BRITISH SOLDIER in 9th place.  In the Two-Handed series overall, Martin’s J/105 DIABLO-J is lying 5th.  In IRC 2 Overall, the J/111 BRITISH SOLDIER is leading with the J/133 PINTIA in second.   For more RORC Offshore sailing information