IRC End of Season Report: Season 2015-16

Submitted by IRC Measurer, William Strangways.

This season we had 18 yachts in SA with current IRC certificates. CYCSA  11, RSAYS  5, Port Lincoln 2.

IRC club racing at the CYCSA was better supported this season with Inshore Div 1 attracting 5, plus 2 from RSAYS giving a total of 7 for a combined series.  Results:
1st White Knight, 2nd Shining Sea, 3rd Dr Feelgood.

Offshore series only had 1 entry and was abandoned.

Even though the RSAYS skippers again chose not to run any IRC series’ this season we still had 8 entries for the Div 1 IRC State Championship. Results:
1st Secret Mens Business, 2nd Concubine, 3rd Two True.

The Great Southern Regatta was moved to November and reverted to the popular 3 race format (5 last season). The fleet had great weather with 15/20 knots on the Saturday and around 15 knots on Sunday. There were 7 entries in Div 1. Results:
1st Secret Mens Business, 2nd Concubine, 3rd Two True.

The Queen of the Gulf was changed back to 1 race (3 last season) and was very poorly supported with only 4 entries and 3 finishers. Result:
1st White Knight.

Once again the highlight of the IRC season was the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race with 20 entries (3 up on last year: 15 locals & 5 Vic). Perfect conditions for the race with the breeze bending to the south east. SMB almost broke the Elapsed Time record. Results:
1st Secret Mens Business, 2nd Concubine, 3rd Simply Fun.

Lincoln Week had 12 entries in Div 1, nil in Div 2. Wind conditions varied greatly for the 4 days of racing (drifters on one day to 20 knots on another). Results:
1st Secret Mens Business, 2nd Concubine, 3rd White Knight.

The Premier’s Cup was moved to the end of the season as a “Grand Final” and reverted to the 3 race format (5 last season). Div 1 IRC attracted 9 entries (7 CYCSA & 2 RSAYS) with 8 starters. Excellent weather conditions prevailed for sailing with steady breezes in the 10/15 knot range for the weekend which gave all starters a fair chance for silverware. Results:
1st Two True, 2nd Secret Mens Business, 3rd Aikin.

I am hopeful next season’s racing will be better supported by the fleet (especially offshore) in SA however with Slipknot and Shining Sea still for sale and Dr Feelgood suffering severe damage during the winter storms it will be hard.

If any owners wish to join the IRC fleet please contact me by email or phone 08 8296 3256.

William Strangways
IRC measurer


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