ISORA News Items all in date order.
We are only a few weeks from the inaugural ‘Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships’ hosted this year by Pwllheli Sailing Club on 1st to 3rd August.
The event has used the successful 2013 J Cup hosted by PSC as a spring board with the added award of the ‘Spinlock IRC’ regional title for Wales. PSC Commodore Stephen Tudor said: ‘The Club is very proud to be offered the opportunity to host the first Welsh IRC Championships and is delighted to see competitors already entered from Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Liverpool in addition to the local competitive fleet. Entries are still being received and we still have free berths available for the event on the new Academy pontoons’.
With many of the ISORA regulars recovering after the recent Round Ireland race and also taking part in Cork Week, 13 of the 15 entries came to the start line at Pier Mark for the ISORA Lighthouse Day Race.
The forecast for the day was light winds from the south strengthening around midday and reducing again in the evening and veering west. The original plan for the course was to round or pass the main lighthouses around Dublin – Baily, Rockabill, Kish, Muglins and Dun Laoghaire lighthouses. This would have produced a course of 45 miles. When the course was being decided just prior to the pre-race briefing, Dublin Bay was like a mill pond with little or no wind. Another factor in deciding the course was the strong tides on the day – HW at 12.20.
I wonder if it will ever be known how many people followed the final approach of “Ruth”, Liam Shanahan Jnr’s J109, approach to the finish line in Wicklow for the 2014 Round Ireland Race. I spent many hours watching the tracker, checking the weather forecast, wishing them along the course towards the finish.
The ISORA boats know only too well what the approach to Wicklow finish can and regularly does.
“Ruth” battled with the “hole” in the wind that formed as they were off Greystones. Unfortunately they slipped from “having it in the bag” to second place behind “Tenit” – they were robbed!!! 'I was sick for Liam and the crew' said ISORA chairman Peter Ryan.
You can follow the ISORA boats' progress in the Round Ireland Race here.
The 700 mile classic, non-stop race started on Saturday 28th June in Wicklow and is a clockwise course around Ireland and the fleet is expected to finish back in Wicklow by Thursday 3rd July.
Good luck to 2041, Adelai, Big Deal, Desert Star, Mojito, Ocean Tango, Persistence, Polished Manx, Ruth and State O'Chasis
The new visitor and events pontoons Iin Pwllheli moved closer to completion this week with the installation of the new bridge.
The pontoons will be ready to receive the ISORA fleet on 26th July and competitors for the IRC Welsh Championships which starts on 1st August.
A Boat-show and Exhibition is also planned for 16th August with exhibition sailing, rowing and other water sports on display. There will be something for everyone.
The Offshore Racing Weekend started with a fast and furious race from Liverpool to Douglas with a fantastic spinnaker scream all the way!! The race took place at 18.00 on Friday the 6th June. The race start was postponed as the large fleet exited the lock from the marina.
The course set for the race sent the fleet beating from the start line at the Albert Dock up river to Pluckington Bank buoy and back to the Dukes buoy at the start line. From there the fleet under spinnaker wrestled with the fickle winds that bent around every building on the shore. All channel buoys were marks on the course and boats had to avoid restricted areas around drilling rigs while making their way to Douglas.
The results for all races sailed so far are available here. Baba Bing was overall winner of Race 4 and Mojito winner of Race 5. Congratulations to both.
Winners of the prizes presented by Hudson Wight were
The full weekend report will be available shortly.
The overall series table is available here with the individual race results.
The whole series is very close with Ruth now leading followed closely by Mojito.
The following is intended as a guide for competitors who wish to deliver their boats to Liverpool in readiness for the Midnight Race from Liverpool to Ise of Man scheduled for 6th June.
Please follow the link to the guide prepared by LYC which provides details about the passage in the Mersey channel and further useful information.
Report on Race 3 – Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead
After the last two gruelling races the weather was not looking kind for the Race 3 from Dun Loaghaire to Holyhead. Northerly gales for the previous two days whipped up the sea to such a state that berthing for the visiting competing boats at the NYC prior to the race was impossible.
The weather forecast for the race was not much better. Northerly possibly going north easterly later force 4-6 was predicted.
As with Race 1, the weather was not kind to ISORA competitors. Strong and gusty conditions all the previous week with DBSC cancelling their Thursday racing did not encourage those skippers who were considering taking part in the race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. Although a window of opportunity arose for boats delivering on Friday only 15 boats came to the line at 08.30 on Saturday 10th May. The usual start time was delayed due to shipping movements.
As the boats left Holyhead marina and made their way in the strong and gusty southerly winds to the start line between the pier head an Clipera bouy, they were met by the ominous sight of one of our fellow competitor Kuba Szymanski’s “Polished Manx”, with no rig, being escorted by Holyhead lifeboat towards the marina. Thankfully all were safe aboard.
Race 1b - Pwllheli Fairway (S), Gwylan Islands (P), Causeway buoy (P), PSC No 1 (S), Finish. - Full results here.
The initial forecast of SE 15 gusting 26 hadn't changed much all week and on Saturday morning it was still forecast to be 17 gusting 28 and due to back to NE.
Race 1a – The Dun Laoghaire Coastal Race Saturday on 26th April was run in association with the Royal Alfred Yacht Club.
Photographs are in the gallery - thanks to Michael Horgan.
ICRA Nationals this year take place at a prime time in the season from 13th to 15th June in the Royal Irish Yacht Club; this will be the major cruiser racing event on the East coast for 2014!
Arrangements are being finalised to provide top class racing on the water to decide National Champions in all divisions. Ashore a vibrant social scene is planned from the time crews step off their boats.