IRC Championship – “No Pressure then”

We had been looking forward to the IRC Double Handed Championship on 16th and 17th September.  But having just followed an email link to the event website and seen the latest posting by the organisers, I’m not sure whether we can live up to expectations:

Of those boats entered so far there are four that immediately catch the eye as far as their Double Handed performances in 2016 are concerned.

1.    The current holders of the Overall IRC Double Handed trophy, the Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie with Neil Martin and Philip Barnes, have been on the podium in three of their four JOG races in 2016, winning the Nab Tower and the Weymouth races.  There is no doubt that Hot Cookie is on form to repeat their 2015 win.  Hot Cookie is likely to be in Class 1.

2.   Mike Moxley and Huw Phillips racing Malice (HOD 35) have also had a good year so far, leading the Royal Southampton Inshore Series with three bullets.  This very impressive run already gives them the Series with one more race to go.  Mike and Huw are likely to be in Class 2 at this year’s Nationals.

3.   Aiming to give Malice a run for their money is Mostly Harmless.  Natalie Jobling and Tom Hayhow currently lead the Royal Southampton Main Series with podium finishes in 3 Inshore races and two Offshore.  The J105 looks very competitive this year.