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Magic Twelve, Farr 46/Daguet2


, Mylius 15E25. Photo: Pierick Jeannoutot


IRC ZERO Pos Boat


1 Team Vision Future (TP52) 2 3


Phoenix (TP52) Arobas² (TP52)


IRC 1 Pos Boat


1 Tonnerre de Glen (Ker 46) 2 3


Imagine (Sydney 43) Cippalippa Rossa (Ker 40+)


IRC 2 Pos Boat 1 2 3


IRC 3 Pos Boat 1 2


racing legend Hasso Plattner and his daughter Tina’s crew of pros on their newly acquired TP52 Phoenix.


Owner (Nationality) Pts


Jean-Jacques Chaubard (FRA) 18 Hasso Plattner (GER) Gerard Logel (FRA)


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Calling tactics on board Phoenix was America’s Cup-winning helmsman Ed Baird, who said: “This was the first IRC event I have ever done. It’s a long time since I’ve done any handicap racing. I thought it was interesting with all the different sizes of boat – it changed the concept of getting around the course. There were a lot of good teams and unfortunately we had a couple of days of almost no wind at the beginning, but then there were two very nice days.”


Owner (Nationality) Dominique Tian (FRA) Jean-Claude André (FRA) Paulo Guido Gamucci (ITA)


Pts 7


16 17


The 2014-generation Phoenix was the newest TP52 competing, but the three other TP52s were all optimised for IRC and, being a bit older, also benefited from an age allowance. “The thing that was instantly noticeable was that the mainsails are smaller in the head on the IRC boats and they are set up for furling sails downwind and there are some differences in keel depths and displacements,” observed Baird. However, this didn’t seem to make much difference: “Generally we sailed to the rating: we rate the fastest boat and we were. If we used that strength correctly we could save our time and if we didn’t, we couldn’t.”


Geranium Killer (A-40) Jivaro (J/133)


Adrenaline (Sydney 46)


Owner (Nationality) Daniel Pithois (FRA) Yves Grosjean (FRA) Michel Gendron (FRA)


Pts 8


15 15


Philippe Serenon, a past UNCL President, who also sits on the IRC Policy Steering Group, competed on board Yves Grosjean’s J/133 Jivaro, finishing 2nd in IRC 2. He was impressed with the IRC European Championship, commenting: “It was very successful. There were no problems on the water. All the races were extremely fair and there were very few protests.”


He went on to say that conditions were challenging at times: “We struggled because the wind was very light in the beginning. Tactically it was complex: southerly winds were dominating, which is pretty unusual there, and the islands also caused interesting effects. It was a bit of a gamble sometimes.


Alice (Farr 36) Absolutely (Farr 36)


Owner (Nationality) Simon Henning (GBR) Philippe Frantz (FRA)


3 Weekend Millionaire (Farr 36) Yves Ginoux (FRA)


IRC 4 Pos Boat 1 2 3


Pts 8


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“This was a really high-level European championship with a lot of world- renowned sailors, but with amateur crews on most boats. That a variety of boats were rewarded shows that IRC is strong.”


Serenon was especially impressed by the performance of the Farr 36s: “That is the beauty of IRC: if you take an old boat and have good sails and good people on board, you can be very competitive. As [leading racing sailor] Bernard Mallaret, who was sailing on his Sun Fast 3600, said to me: ‘I’ve raced under IOR and IMS and a variety of rules and in the end what is the most satisfying to me is IRC.’ Coming from this guy, it was a good endorsement.”


Expresso 2 (JPK 10.10) Fioupelan (Elan 333 GTE) Old Fox (X-332)


Owner (Nationality) Guy Claeys (FRA)


Frédéric Forestier (FRA) Paolo Colangelo (ITA)


Pts 7


28 28


The IRC European Championship is next scheduled to take place in Cowes in 2018, when it will also incorporate the RORC’s biennial Commodores’ Cup. Philippe Serenon feels the Championship has a great future: “The RORC and UNCL still have a lot of work to do to make people believe it is accessible to them. With a mix of very good sailing and enjoyable evenings on land with good friends, there is no reason why it shouldn’t continue to grow.”


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