J Boats Top the Entries at the 2022 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race

15/06/22 Author: Mark Mansfield

Michael O’Donnell’s J/121 ‘Darkwood’ from the Solent Credit: Key Yachting

Key Yachting, the Irish agent for both J Boats and Grand Soleil, are delighted to note that, along with two Grand Soleil’s entered, nine J Boats have entered in this year’s Round Ireland event commencing this Saturday.

The two Grand Soleil’s are both well known in Irish racing circles. Bob Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 ‘Samatom’ won its class at last year’s Sovereigns Cup, and Denis and Anne Marie Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 ‘Nieulargo’ from Royal Cork, was the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race winner.

Both should be in with a good shout if the conditions are to their liking.

Bob Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 ‘Samatom’ Credit: Afloat

Of the nine J Boats entered, the one to watch may be Michael O’Donnell’s J/121 ‘Darkwood’ from the Solent, which, along with Michael O’Donnell, will include several other Irish within her crew. ‘Darkwood’ has been very successful in the RORC races this year.

Andrew Hall from the UK will race his J/125 ‘Jackknife’, which can be very competitive, particularly off the wind. Chris Power Smith’s evergreen J/122 ‘Aurelia’ from the Royal St George Yacht Club always shows well. Michael and Richard Evans will compete in their J/99 ‘Snapshot’, which won Sovereigns week overall last year.

Two J/109s, two J/111s, plus a J/105 make up the nine.

Mark Mansfield, Irish Agent for Key Yachting, wishes all the J Boats and Grand Soleil entries well in the race. Mark will be racing aboard Bob Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44.