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Good Weekend at RORC Easter Challenge for Cork Yachts


Conor Phelan’s Ker 37, Jump Juice, held on in an epic battle with Christopher Opielok’s Corby 36, Rockall III . “They certainly kept us on our toes and would not have won if it had not been for some gear failure,” admitted Conor Phelan. “We decided to wait to see how Jump Juice performed at Easter before deciding on our season and we are delighted to have won our class. The IRC Nationals in Ireland and Cork Week are in our plans and perhaps more.”

Andrew Iyer’s First 40.7, Portia was unable to sustain their excellent performance during the regatta but managed a podium position, taking third.

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Niklas Zennstrom’s Farr 45, Rán, came out on top in a titanic struggle with Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39, Antix. Going into the last race the Farr 45 held a one point lead against the IRC custom Ker. Rán held on, sailing a near perfect race to clinch the class. “It was a little cold especially on Friday but we have had some very good sailing, well organised by the RORC. I must say a word of thanks to the crew. Ado Stead and Steve Hayles did a great job but they were all magnificent,” commented Niklas Zennström after racing.

Neil Martin’s J 133, Jammy Dodger, had a very consistent regatta and was rewarded with third overall pushing Tim Costello’s Mills 43, Tiamat into fourth. However Tiamat won the last race of the day to go back to Ireland with some satisfaction.

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