J/122 Black Dog – Overall National IRC Champion!

Congratulations to the Overall 2021 IRC National Champion Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 Black Dog.

Stuart Sawyer’s J/122 Black Dog lifted the IRC National Championship Trophy on Sunday 20 June at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. This was the second win for the team from Falmouth Cornwall, having won overall in 2019. The team has been racing together for 11 years, and for the championship, Black Dog was joined by double Olympic Silver Medallist, Nick Rogers.

J/122 Black Dog © Paul Wyeth/RORC

“We are delighted,” commented Black Dog’s Stuart Sawyer. “Having a third as a discard, we are really pleased with that. We are surprised to win, we haven’t been racing very much but we have been training, so our crew work is slick. Nick Rogers jelled with the team really quickly and made some great calls. The boat was really well tuned, so we had some tools to work with. We felt like we were clicking in training, so we were confident with ourselves, but we didn’t know how we would measure up against the top IRC boats. This is brilliant racing. The management is top draw, and you get some of the best to sail against, and the RORC and competition is very welcoming.”