Please select your home edition
Edition
The Cruising Village 2021 - LEADERBOARD
Product Feature
Sail Trim - Theory & Practice by Peter Hahne
 Sail Trim - Theory & Practice by Peter Hahne

2021 RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race

by Louay Habib 12 Jul 10:26 BST 9-10 July 2021

  • Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club
  • Start Friday 9th July 2021
  • Course: Cowes - Casquets - Les Hanois - St Malo
  • Distance (nm): 151

Ino XXX wins the King Edward VII Cup

120 boats competed in the 2021 Cowes Dinard St Malo Race. The historic race which dates back to 1906, was won overall by RORC Commodore James Neville's HH42 Ino XXX. Ed Bell's JPK 1180 Dawn Treader was second and Ed Fishwick's GP42 Redshift was third. In the modern era, James Neville is the first RORC Commodore in office to win the King Edward VII Cup.

"Some amazing sailors have been Commodore of the RORC, so this is a proud achievement," commented James. "We got a fantastic start and held onto Teasing Machine up the Solent. It was a challenging race for the navigator Coriolan (Rousselle), especially to judge how far west we could go to hedge our bets with the tide. Then when the wind went very unstable, we stuck to our plan and cracked off for speed. The tactic worked as we were lifted to get ahead of Redshift. We are really happy about our performance because light winds beating is not really our best conditions, it is not what we are set up for, but we really played our hand very well."

Line Honours for the MOCRA Class was taken by Francis Joyon's IDEC. Line Honours for monohulls,and winner of IRC Zero, was Eric de Turckheim's NMYD54 Teasing Machine. Congratulations to all the class winners: Nicolas Jossier's Class40 La Manche #EvidenceNautique, Ed Bell's JPK 1180 Dawn Treader, Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 1080 Raging-Bee", and Elizabeth Wallis' Albin Express, Expressly Forbidden.

Full results at www.rorc.org/racing/race-results/2021-results

By the morning of the race, 40 French and Dutch boats had sailed to Cowes to compete. On receiving YB Trackers delivered by RORC RIB, all of the overseas teams were delighted by the warm RORC welcome. The club was equally delighted that so many overseas sailors teams had made the effort in these unusual times.

The 150 nautical mile race started off the Squadron Line in brilliant sunshine and light airs. Race fans enjoyed a spectacular view from Cowes, as the majority of the fleet started on the island shore as the tide began to turn favourably to the west. A building south-westerly breeze arced up the boats in the Western Solent for an impressive send-off past The Needles and into the English Channel. Conditions offshore were extremely unstable, the prevailing wind was a light southerly, but the fleet experienced significant changes in wind strength and direction, which coupled with strong tide provided a complex conundrum. Managing the changing conditions was rewarded with a top performance.

MOCRA Class

Francis Joyon's IDEC and Yves Le Blevec's Ultim Actual, sailed by Ronan Dehayes, had an extraordinary dial up for the start of the race. The two giant trimarans circled each other match racing for position. Actual seemed to win the start, racing to windward of IDEC in a controlling position. IDEC was just ahead of Actual at The Needles and eventually pulled away. A westerly breeze kicked in as IDEC rounded the Casquets, ramping up the trimaran to over 20 knots of boat speed. IDEC took Multihull Line Honours and the win in the MOCRA Class. Andrew Fennell's Morpheus was the third to finish and second in the MOCRA Class. James Holder's Dazcat 1295 Slinky Malinki completed the MOCRA podium.

IRC One

RORC Commodore James Neville's HH42 Ino XXX and Ed Fishwick's GP42 Redshift had yet another close battle in IRC One. Ino XXX eventually winning the class by approximately five minutes after time correction. David Cummins' Ker 39 Rumbleflurg was the early leader but finished third in class, just ahead after time correction of Mark Emerson's A13 Phosphorus II.

For the RORC Season's Points Championship, Michael O'Donnell's J/121 Darkwood retains the class lead from Redshift. Andrew Hall's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is third.

IRC Two

Ed Bell's JPK 1180 Dawn Treader was the winner, scoring an impressive victory over Thomas Kneen's JPK 1180 Sunrise by nearly two hours after time correction. Dawn Treader was very close to winning the race overall, just over two minutes behind Ino XXX after time correction. Christopher Daniel's J/122e was third in IRC Three.

For the RORC Season's Points Championship, Sunrise is still the overall and IRC Two Class leader. Dawn Treader is second in both overall and class.

IRC Three

Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 1080 Raging-Bee" was the first boat in class to finish and was the winner in IRC Three after time correction. Mike Yates' J/109 JAGO, racing Two-Handed with Eivind Bøymo-Malm, was second and Noel Racine's JPK 1030 Foggy Dew was third.

"I have always wanted to win class in the St Malo Race, but this is the first time I have achieved that," smiled Louis-Marie Dussere. "We know that Raging-Bee" is a good boat for upwind but so is the J/109 JAGO. Noel Racine (Foggy Dew) is a good friend ashore but a fantastic enemy offshore. So, we are really happy with this win, and it has been wonderful to race with the RORC again. At Les Hanois, I think we were about fifth, but the wind disappeared, and we had a re-start. Raging-Bee" put in a really good finish, and to be honest the wind stopped again just after we crossed the line. This was a great race against really good opposition."

For the RORC Season's Points Championship in IRC Three and IRC Two Handed, Rob Craigie's Sun Fast 3600 Bellino, racing with Deb Fish, is the new leader. James Harayda's Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo, racing with Dee Caffari, is second, and Gavin Howe's Sun Fast 3600 Tigris, racing with Maggie Adamson, is third.

IRC Two Handed

31 teams started the race in IRC Two Handed Elizabeth Wallis racing her Albin Express Expressly Forbidden with Bryn Phillips, revelled in the light upwind conditions to win by approximately seven minutes after IRC time correction from Mike Yates' J/109 JAGO. Tim Goodhew & Kelvin Matthews, racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora was third. Elizabeth Wallis and Bryn Phillips are both under thirty and taking part in their first RORC race of the season. Expressly Forbidden, with an overall length of 25ft was the smallest boat in the race.

IRC Four

Expressly Forbidden was the winner with Cora second. Jonathan Rolls' Swan 38 Xara had an excellent race following on from the overall win for the De Guingand Bowl. Xara was third in class for the St Malo Race. The classic yawl Amokura, sailed by Paul Moxon & Steve Jones, was the last boat to finish the race. With great tenacity, the team did not waiver from their goal to finish the race, taking nearly two and a half days to complete the course.

For the RORC Season's Points Championship, Cora leads IRC Four by just over five points from Stuart Greenfield's S&S 34 Morning After with Xara third.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continues with The Channel Race, scheduled to start on Saturday 24th July. For online entry and more information please visit www.rorc.org

Related Articles

RORC Channel Race kicks off tomorrow
80 boats for the ninth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continues with the Channel Race, which will start on Saturday July 24th from the RYS Line, Cowes. Posted on 23 Jul
Dare to dream - IRC Four in the Rolex Fastnet Race
More than 70 boats are expected to be on the start line in the class More than 70 boats are expected to be on the start line racing in IRC Four for the Rolex Fastnet Race. Nearly all of the 500 plus sailors racing in the class are amateurs, and all bar a few boats are under 40ft. Posted on 21 Jul
Diversity in IRC Three for the Rolex Fastnet Race
Boasting the largest class competing with 88 teams entered from at least 10 different countries With less than a month before the start of the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, IRC Three boasts the largest class competing with 88 teams entered from at least 10 different countries. Posted on 19 Jul
Rolex Fastnet Race IRC Two
Friends and family from every corner of Europe Among many hot boats in IRC Two will be the JPK 1180, big brother to the JPK 10.10 Night and Day and 10.80 Courrier Du Leon, which won the Rolex Fastnet Races in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Posted on 16 Jul
UK Double Handed Offshore Series race 4
RORC's Cowes - Dinard - St Malo Race without moules-frites Friday 9th July was Race 4 of the series: RORC Cowes - Dinard - St Malo. The forecast again was for very light winds for most of the race just like Race 3 the previous weekend. Posted on 14 Jul
French are the pace setters in Rolex Fastnet Race
IRC One will be one of the toughest battlegrounds within the race Runner-up to Pelletier in 2019 was outright race winner in 2017, Didier Gaudoux's JND39, Lann Ael 2. Gaudoux is returning with the same boat and much of the same victorious crew, who will be part family and part offshore experts such as Fred Duthil. Posted on 14 Jul
Big boats getting read to roll in the Fastnet Race
IRC Zero represents the glamour end of the keelboat fleet Traditionally IRC Zero produces the most overall winners. Over the last 10 editions, half have been won by IRC Zero competitors, including Niklas Zennstrom's two-time winner Ran 2. Posted on 8 Jul
130 boats for 2021 RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race
The 151 nautical mile race is steeped in history, pre-dating the RORC by almost 20 years The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with a spectacular fleet of over 130 boats of all shapes and sizes, racing from Cowes to St Malo. Posted on 7 Jul
Rolex Fastnet Race's battle for line honours
A major clash of the titans will take place between two of the world's fastest maxi-monohulls A major clash of the titans will take place between two of the world's fastest maxi-monohulls. While the most sought-after victory is, of course, the overall win under IRC, for the monohull that is first home into Cherbourg there is also plenty at stake. Posted on 6 Jul
Female participation in Rolex Fastnet Race
Just over 10% will be women, according to present crew registration In August a record fleet of 450 boats is expected to be on the start line of the world's largest offshore yacht race, the Rolex Fastnet Race. Posted on 29 Jun