David Dwyer’s Mills IRC 39 Mariners Cove won the overall RORC IRC Championship Trophy counting five firsts and two seconds to win a ‘titanic battle’ over a tough series for the 16 boat IRC class. This is the second time Mariners Cove has competed at and won the UK IRCs. Tactician Andy Beadsworth said: "I have sailed with Dave and his crew on Mariners Cove on many occasions and they are always great fun to sail with. I would be amazed if the boat is not selected to represent Ireland at the next Rolex Commodores’ Cup."
It was blowing half a gale overnight, but by dawn on the final day the skies had cleared to provide great conditions, though the weather did close in later bringing some big wind shifts.
It was an almost foregone conclusion that Niklas Zennstrom’s, RAN, would top Class Super Zero, and the TP52, with no less than five America ’s Cup sailors crewing did not disappoint with a perfect row of eight wins. You would have thought that would have clinched the overall championship, but that is decided on a bit of a quirky formula that reflects the size of the classes so, despite that perfect score, RAN was beaten. Photo from Paul Wyeth and more here