The RORC racing circuit is consistently popular with our bigger boats. The programme offers regular racing throughout the season, with some truly spectacular silverware up for grabs.
The IRC Nationals take place this weekend, with a number of members of the Performance 40 class featuring in IRC2. The P40 class is open to boats with a TCC of 1.075-1.150 (plus 11.15m-14.1m length, 125-205 DLR and 2.7m max draft). The class this year comprises of 17 boats, and the IRC Nationals is the third event in their 2019 championship, where Christopher Daniel’s J/122E Juno leads having won the first two events.
Daniel has owned Juno for the last four years and competed in last year’s IRC Europeans. Their performance in that event, he admits, was disappointing, but they are turning this around now. “We have spent a lot of time over the winter training and refining processes on the boat and just developing it which is what is paying dividends now,” Daniel explains.
While the King 40s are also regular Performance 40 podium placers, Juno showed both a clean pair of heels at the Vice Admiral’s Cup. Despite that Daniel warns: “It is very tight and competitive, so you take absolutely nothing for granted. IRC 2 will be a tough fleet: There is a good contingent of Performance 40s, all of which I treat with the utmost respect, then we have the likes of Fargo – a great boat – and Elke from Holland, which did well in the IRC Europeans last year and Moana, the 47.7 – she is a well-sailed boat too.”
Juno is crewed purely by amateurs, largely friends and family, mostly under the age of 25, including three women. This weekend she will also face a match race as another J/122, Stuart Sawyer’s Black Dog, is making the trip up from Falmouth to compete.
The next event for J Boats in the Solent is the J-Cup, with a current entry list of 50 boats.