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With three IRC events behind us, the IRC Lake Ontario Fleet is off to a great start for 2012. Our first event of the season, the ABYC Open Regatta, was a great success with IRC by far the largest contingent at the event with 23 boats in attendance. Congratulations to the division winners and welcome to just some of the many new boats we have joining IRC for our 2012 IRC regional racing program. As in past seasons our measurers John Crawley and Peter Wallace have been overwhelmed with late applications for IRC measurement and certificate renewals. If you have not renewed your certificate or scheduled a measurement session with one of our measurers please do not hesitate. Certificate processing is now taking weeks and we are trying to quickly schedule new applicants for weighing and measurement in order to have certificates in the hands of competitors in time for the many upcoming major regional events. These events include the Lake Ontario 300 in mid July, the IRC Great Lakes Championship at Youngstown Level Regatta in late July and the IRC Canadian Championship at Etobicoke YC in late August to name just a few. All IRC Lake Ontario measurer contact information is contained on the www.lorc.org website. Canadian owners should now process their renewals through John Crawley to ensure an expedited processing.
ABYC Open Regatta
At the ABYC Open regatta IRC 3 saw a strong winning performance from Winston Beckett's Fortitude to start the season with Sandy Steffen's Zoo2 in second and Patrick Flynn's Starwatch in third. In IRC 2 a deep nine boat fleet was topped by Stephen Trevitt's J35 Crime Scene with Rick Huczek's Great Escape taking second and Calum Semple's Beneteau 10R Sona in third. We would like to welcome Larry Harrison and his Thomas 35 Merlin2 to our IRC 2 fleet. In IRC 1 we witnessed another close battle with three boats in a position to win right into the last race of the series. The always well sailed Umi Taka came out on top with Adam Farkas's Xoomer Express in second and Kevin Brown's Notorious in third. In this fleet we welcomed the debut of Rob Butler's impressive new MC38 Carbonado to the IRC fleet and welcomed back Chris Medland with her latest Press Gang, now a Farr 30, and Jim McGuinness's latest 515 which is now an IMX 38. We are certain these competitors will be taking home flags this year based on their established sailing skills and past results.
Our second event on the IRC regional schedule was the Susan Hood distance race which was very wisely moved by PCYC race organizers from a Friday night affair to a shortened Saturday day race due to extremely heavy winds and sea conditions on Friday. Saturday's race turned out to be a picture perfect fourty-mile windward-leeward course that started in heavy seas and 20+ knots of wind. It was a challenging beat to Burlington and an exhilarating run home. We had a strong 21 boats in two divisions racing IRC for this race. Our only disappointment for this event was seeing a number of our IRC regulars, numbering over seven boats, languishing in PHRF 1 for this race. This is disappointing to our regional executive as with these boats within our IRC fleet for a race like this it would allow us to divide our IRC fleet into three very competitive, closely rated divisions making for better racing for all. In IRC 2 we witnessed a strong winning performance from Joe McDonald's IMX 38 IMXtreme with Crime Scene in second and Robert Eckersley's J109 Blue Streak in third with all excelling in the heavy upwind conditions of the first leg. In IRC 1 it was Sandy and Larry MacDonald's Gaucho setting the pace at the front of the fleet pursued by Jonathan Bamberger's J145 Spitfire which was making an impressive showing in their IRC debut. Umi Taka and Fred Harding's C&C 115 Timorian led the way to the weather mark for the following group and did an excellent job in holding off a downwind charge from Notorious to take the first two places on corrected. Debuting in IRC 1 at this event was Allan Mestel's Dufour 40 True North 1 and Geoff Cornish's J124 Rouleur. Both great new additions to our growing IRC fleet.
RCYC Open Regatta
Our most-recently completed IRC event was the RCYC Open Regatta. Mike Milner and his team did an outstanding job in providing us with great courses and the best racing possible. RCYC's social program was also well received. For this event we had such a large turnout for IRC we were able to divide the fleet into five divisions to keep the racing really close and the ratings spreads to a minimum. Our fleet numbered 35 boats so we added an IRC 0 division and an IRC 4 division in addition to our usual 1, 2 and 3 divisions. This produced close racing throughout the fleet, some surprise winners and hopefully will be a preview of the division splits we will be able to create at Youngstown Levels for the IRC Great Lakes Championship and at the EYC Open Regatta for the IRC Canadian Championship later this summer. We were very pleased to have John Odenbach's Concordia 47 Rampage make the trip over from Rochester to join us for this event. John indicates we will have more IRC participants from Rochester in our upcoming events with Youngstown a focus for a number of the Rochester owners. In IRC 0 it was Rampage prevailing over Rob Butlers MC 38 Carbonado and John McLeod's J133 Hot Water in second and third respectively. In IRC 1 it was Umi Taka over Xoomer Xpress and Notorious followed by a close battle between Press Gang, Maggie Kelly and True North in this strong nine boat division. IRC 2 was also a strong nine boat division but it produced a J35 sweep with Crime Scene taking first ahead of the reining IRC North American champions aboard Buckeroo Banzai with Paul Casola's Stryder in third. IRC 3 produced a new winner with the debut of Bryan Simm's very pink Olson 30 named Panther taking the win followed by Sandy Steffen's Zoo2 in second and Patrick Flynn's Starwatch in third. In IRC 4 we had an interesting mix of boats with Doug Henderson's Kirby 30 in third and the C&C 34's Accelar and Snowflake of Gavin Pitchford and James Moore respectively taking first and second. On a special note we must acknowledge the winners of the very prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy and the Governor's General Trophy at the RCYC Open Regatta. These trophies are awarded to the best IRC corrected time in the first race each day. On Saturday the winner of the Prince of Wales Trophy was Accelar and on Sunday the winner of the Governor's General was Crime Scene. It is interesting to note that Crime Scene's winning margin was 1 min, 34 sec over second place Panther but between Panther and the ninth place Zoo2 there was less than a minute on corrected time between those next eight boats. That's close racing. We believe the Prince of Wales trophy has the distinction of being the oldest trophy for annual competition in Canada.
Next up on the IRC schedule is the RHYC's Rock the Hammer this weekend. In July we have the last Lake Ontario Championship Series event at the PCYC Open Regatta on July 14/15, followed by the Lake Ontario 300 on July 21st and the IRC Great Lakes Championship at Youngstown Level Regatta on July 28/29 and LYRA on August 4/5.
The Lake Ontario IRC Executive Committee