As the super difficult first night of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 approaches, ISORA skipper Andrew Hall of Pwllheli with the Lombard 45 Pata Negra – a boat that has brought success to Irish crews in the major races of both Atlantic sides – is shown as the overall leader of all IRC divisions in a tough race in which the ranking model currently favors IRC 1 class boats. This class includes Michael O ‘J / 121 Darkwood Donnell of RIYC, currently 10th in IRC 1, and 12th overall.
In IRC3, Nieulargo of Cork – after slipping to sixth place in the highest class of all with 73 boats to start – is now back to 4th place, with the top of the class currently held by Frenchman Alexis Loison in the JPK 10.30 Leon, who also leads the two-handed division. Meanwhile, IRC 4 witnessed a fine performance from Irish Offshore Sailing from Dun Laoghaire’s Sunfast 37 Desert Star, piloted by Ronan O’Siochru and Conor Totterdell – his sixth place in the 70 class is a remarkable demonstration by a sailing school boat. .
Meanwhile, Kenneth Rumball of the Irish National Sailing School, piloted by Pamela Lee, led the five Figaro 3 class boats, pacing with Leon, leader of IRC 3, in convincing style.
The leading multihull Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has already set Lizard Point in Cornwall behind and is closing in on Land’s End, while in monohulls the 125ft Skorpios is back in another county as it is offshore from Start Point in Devon, ahead of George David’s Rambler 88, but not enough to save him time, while an impressive Class Zero winning performance is achieved by Polish Volvo 70 I Love Poland (Gregor Barinowski), who slap on Rambler’s heels and tops in Zero handicap.