Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
Race & Regatta Round-up 054 IRC won by a nose a nail-biTing finish CappeD Off a weekenD Of COMpeTiTive raCing aT This year’s auDi irC ChaMpiOnship. GREAT FOR BOATERS, NOT SO GOOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS At the end of the day it was only the photographer who was complaining. Serious racing needs a serious product - if you’re serious about winning. VC® Offshore provides a smooth, ultra thin protection that gets you through the water faster, being the best, beating the rest, even the photographers. Super smooth, highly effective antifouling that gives you the winning edge. Don’t be held back, get VC Offshore on your side. ®,andInternational®areregisteredtrademarksofAkzoNobel.©AkzoNobel2008 Use antifouling paints safely – always read the label and product information before use. T he 2013 Audi IRC Australian Class A has been won by Rob Hanna’s Shogun V after he managed to get over the line in a cliff-hanger finish at Geelong’s Festival of Sails in late January. The tight racing meant the competition was still wide open on the last day, with Shogun V and Marcus Blackmore’s 2011 and 2012 Audi IRC champion Hooligan both finishing with 16 points, the former winning the tie-break on countback. “That’s amazing, we thought Hooligan had it,” said a surprised Hanna when he heard the news. “We were first around the top mark, Hooligan went for a fractional FestivaL OF saiLs AndreAFrAncolini spinnaker and we went for the big bag (spinnaker) and tried to hold it all the way across; fortunately we could,” a grinning Hanna said on what he believed was their winning move in the final 16 nautical mile special course that finished spectacularly off Hanna’s home club, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Second placed Marcus Blackmore was impressed by the quality of the sailing, “It’s pretty amazing racing when you have three of the best TP52s in the world all trying to beat each other, and letting the other guys in occasionally. Unfortunately that’s what we did today. We had a Code O up and Shogun didn’t,” Blackmore added. In the Audi IRC Australian Championship Class B it was a Beneteau triple with Bruce McCraken’s Beneteau First 45 Ikon taking a comfortable six-point lead over Chris Manton’s Senna, and Alan Woodward’s Reverie finishing on equal points with Senna. The next Audi IRC Australian Championships will be held in Newcastle over Easter 2014. www.irc.yachting.org.au waRRioR spiRit Shogun V held onto the IRC title after a series of tight races.
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