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FAST40+ set for RORC IRC Nationals

  • RORC IRC National Championship
  • Round 3 FAST40+ Race Circuit
  • Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July, 2019
Competitive, thrilling racing, with a friendly atmosphere ashore, is the mantra of the hi-tech FAST40+ Class. (David Harding/SailingScenes.com)

Competitive, thrilling racing, with a friendly atmosphere ashore, is the mantra of the hi-tech FAST40+ Class. With the owner at the helm, and a pro-am crew, the FAST40+ Class delivers exhilarating racing with professional race management.

The FAST40+ Class will be in action this weekend at the RORC IRC National Championship – Round 3 FAST40+ Race Circuit. Returning to the Solent combat-arena, after a feisty battle in Poole Bay last month, Round 3 is the halfway stage for the 2019 FAST40+ Race Circuit. At this halfway stage in the season, there is every likelihood that a new leader will emerge.

Peter Morton’s Girls on Film (RORC/Rick Tomlinson)

Peter Morton’s Girls on Film scored all-podium finishes in the last round, and will be looking to close in on Rán, which currently leads the 2019 FAST40+ Race Circuit. Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán will not be competing in Round 3, as Rán has travelled to Sweden to take part in the Gotland runt.

FAST40+ Class

After 15 races in the previous two rounds, Steve Cowie’s Zephyr is currently third for the season, just ahead of FAST40+ debutant Redshift, with Ed Fishwick at the helm. Filip Englebert’s Elvis and Tony Dickin’s Jubilee are just two points apart. Niall & Olivia Dowling’s Arabella returns to FAST40+ racing, having missed the last round. Sadly, Mike Bartholomew’s Tokoloshe 2 will be absent, having dismasted during the feisty condition of Round 2 in Poole Bay. James Neville’s Ino XXX will also be missed, as the team concentrate on their Rolex Fastnet Race campaign.

FAST40+ Race Director, Stuart Childerley, confirms the FAST40+ Class will be racing for the title of Overall RORC IRC National Champion, as well as valuable points for the 2019 FAST40+ Race Circuit.

“FAST40+ will have their own class at the RORC IRC Nationals with a mixture of windward leeward and round the cans courses.” confirmed Stuart Childerley. “Eight races are scheduled over three days, and exciting close racing is expected for the fleet. The FAST40+ fleet will be racing for the overall prize for the RORC IRC National Championship, and as Round 3 of the 2019 FAST40+ Race Circuit, all races may be counted towards the series.”

FAST40+ start. David Hastings/SailingScenes.com

FAST40+ action from the RORC IRC National Championship will be streamed live on the FAST40+ facebook page. Daily results, race reports, pictures and interviews with the teams on the official website.

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