90 yachts are expected to start in the Channel Race this coming weekend, the tenth race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship and the last RORC race before next month’s Rolex Fastnet Race. Weather conditions are predicted to change with an uncertain weather pattern and thunderstorms likely.
12 yachts will be taking part in the Channel Race racing Two-Handed, including Ireland’s David Kenefick from Crosshaven, County Cork, who has just completed La Solitaire du Figaro racing his Figaro II, Full Irish. “I will be racing double handed with Olaf Sorensen, who despite the name is from Kinsale, Cork and is a world class Dragon sailor,” commented David. “This is a perfect opportunity for a warm up for the Fastnet and I am really looking forward to it as I have never done the Channel Race before. It looks like a very competitive fleet and I will be interested to see how we do against the other Figaros, I am sure we will be racing close to each other on the water.
In the big picture, this will be my third attempt at the Fastnet but I am still to finish the race, I have learnt that boat preparation is a key issue and the training and racing before hand is very important, hopefully this will be third time lucky for me.”