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Welsh yachts have claimed the top two places overall in the 2022 ISORA Series that came to a dramatic close off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday evening.

A win for Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox's J109 Mojito in the final cross-channel race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire saw the crew also seize overall ISORA honours and lift the Wolf Head's Trophy. 

As Afloat reported previously, the results of Saturday's final race of the Musto ISORA Series determined the 2022 overall champion for offshore racing's prestigious Wolf's Head Trophy.

Andrew Hall's J125 Jackknife from Pwhelli was in pole position after 14 races, with her best scores amounting to 510.9.

But in Saturday's final 11-boat James Eadie Trophy Race from Pwllheli in North Wales across the Irish Sea to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a distance of 80 miles, it was Hall's Pwllheli clubmates in Mojito that won in a time of 13 hours, 35 minutes and 57 seconds to be first in IRC overall even though the larger Jackknife was the line honours winner in a time of 12 hours and 52 minutes.

Andrew Hall’s J125 Jackknife from PwhelliAndrew Hall's J125 Jackknife from Pwhelli Photo: Afloat

Overall, the class one yacht Mojito ended the season on  520.6 points from Hall's Class zero entry on 510.9. Third was Howth Grand Soleil 44, Samatom on 501.4.

There had been doubt as to whether the race would sail from Pwhelli on Saturday due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth. As a mark of respect, competitors flew a black flag above the class flag on the backstay.

It completes a stand-out season for the Mojito team. They won July's inaugural 260-mile K2Q Dun Laoghaire to Cork via Fastnet Race, followed by an overall win of the IRC Coastal Division of Volvo Cork Week

More on the Mojito 2022 campaign here

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The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) final race will proceed on Saturday, and competing yachts will fly a black flag following Queen Elizabeth's death.

ISORA says it is 'not possible' to set another date for the 80-mile race from Pwhelli in North Wales to Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay.

The race results will determine the 2022 overall champion for offshore racing's prestigious Wolf's Head Trophy.

ISORA expressed its condolences to the Royal family in a statement:

"ISORA learnt with great sadness of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier today and pass our sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

The Organising Authority has received requests for guidance from competitors on the status of the concluding race of the ISORA 2022 Series, the James Eadie Race, scheduled for Saturday, 10th September.

The Organising Authority had to take into consideration that competitors will travel from great distances to take part in this race, and delivery times for competing yachts can be more than 15 hours.

It is not possible to set another date for this race, so a postponement would necessitate the cancellation of the race.

The Organising Authority have listened to guidance and advice and has decided that it is in the best interest of the sport for the scheduled race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire to continue.

As a mark of respect, competitors will fly a black flag above the class flag on the backstay."

As Afloat reported earlier, Andrew Hall's J125 Jackknife from Pwhelli is in pole position after 14 races, with her best scores amounting to 510.9. 

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In Northern Ireland,  the RYANI Youth Championships, due to take place this weekend, have been cancelled as a mark of respect. 

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The results of Saturday's final race of the Musto ISORA Series will determine the 2022 overall champion for offshore racing's prestigious Wolf’s Head Trophy.

Andrew Hall’s J125 Jackknife from Pwhelli is in pole position after 14 races, with her best scores amounting to 510.9.

The final race is the James Eadie Trophy Race from Pwllheli in North Wales across the Irish Sea to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a distance of 80 miles.

Jackknife is closely followed by Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44, Samatom with 501.4, Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop's J109 Mojito with 489.4, then 2021 Champion JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) with 482.1.

ISORA's Wolf's Head Trophy for overall honours racing offshore in the Irish SeaISORA's Wolf's Head Trophy

The best five scores of the season are to count.

Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44, SamatomRobert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44, Samatom Photo: Afloat

Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop's J109 MojitoVicky Cox and Peter Dunlop's J109 Mojito Photo: Afloat

JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) Photo: Afloat

Class results on Saturday will also be concluded on Saturday night for Class 0, Class 1 and Class 2 at an end-of-season pow-wow at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

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Champion JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI skippered by Paul O'Higgins completed Friday night's ISORA points-weighted night race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in a time of four hours and ten minutes. 

Light airs on Dublin Bay frustrated a number of competitors who retired, according to the race tracker. 

Provisional results show the Royal Irish's Rockabill VI with the gun in line honours, IRC Zero and IRC overall.

The race tracker shows Robert Rendell's Grand Soleil 44 Samatom second in line honours and IRC Zero.

As reported earlier by Afloat, an ISORA Welsh night race will be held this evening.

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This weekend's two night races on either side of the Irish Sea at Dun Laoghaire and Pwhelli have produced a good combined offshore turnout for the last race of ISORA's Viking Marine coastal series 2022. 

From a Dublin entry of 16 for tonight's 24-mile race,(sponsored by Jack Ryan Whiskey), ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan admits, however, the final nine boat turnout is 'disappointing' from an Irish point of view.

While numbers may be down, the quality at Dun Laoghaire remains high with key contenders for the overall ISORA Wolfs Head Trophy all coming to the startline for tonight's staggered start from 2000hrs. (Class 2 - 20.00 and Class 1& 0 - 20.30)

As previously reported by Afloat, after winning the 24-miler a fortnight ago, Bob Rendell's Grand Soleil 44 Samatom now leads the Coastal Series with just tonight's higher-scoring night race to go.

Two Dun Laoghaire yachts, Brendan Coghlan's Sunfast 3600 YoYo and Paul O'Higgin's JPK 10.80 Rockabill remain in the hunt for the coastal prize.

Dun Laoghaire Coastal Night RaceDun Laoghaire Coastal Night Race

Ryan is setting an intercept line at East Kish and due south, in case he has to shorten the Dun Laoghaire race.

The Dun Laoghaire course of 24 miles approxThe Dun Laoghaire course of 24 miles approx

The usual full finish YB intercept will be set at the finish.

The Course will be:

  • Usual Dun Laoghaire start at Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy 53 18.404N 6 8.348W
  • ISORA Dublin ISORA Virtual (P) N53 17.110 W6 00.100
  • North Kish (S) 53 18.560N 5 56.423W
  • East Kish (S) 53 14.343N 5 53.595W
  • Muglins (P) 53 16.515N 6 4.550W
  • Usual Dun Laoghaire Finish between the pier heads. 53 18.145N 6 7.619W

The night race in Pwllheli is tomorrow and the entries are below. Download the supplementary Sailing Instructions below. 

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ICRA Coastal Class champion Samatom (Robert Rendell) was the winner of yesterday's ISORA Coastal Race off Dun Laoghaire.

Three potent Jeanneau Sunfast 3600s were among the nine-boat fleet that contested Saturday's 24-mile ISORA coastal race along the Dublin and Wicklow coastline, but none could beat the Grand Soleil 44. 

The race was the 11th Race in the Musto ISORA 2022 series and also the third race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series.

For the second time this season, a technical glitch in the YB Tracker set-up showed the winner being other than the Howth Grand Soleil. Organisers told Afloat the matter is being investigated. 

After winning the 24-miler, Rendell now leads the Coastal Series with one race to go; a higher-scoring night race.

Top Welsh J109 Mojto is in chasing Samatom for the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal top prize Photo: AfloatTop Welsh J109 Mojto is in chasing Samatom for the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal top prize Photo: Afloat

Two Dun Laoghaire yachts, Brendan Coghlan's Sunfast 3600 YoYo and Paul O'Higgin's JPK 10.80 Rockabill remain in the hunt for the coastal prize.

Andrew Hall's (pictured on the wheel) J/125 Jackknife from Wales tops the ISORA leaderboardAndrew Hall's J/125 Jackknife from Wales tops the ISORA leaderboard Photo: Afloat

The 2022 ISORA overall table (below) now shows Andrew Hall's J/125 Jackknife leading and being chased by Samaton, the J109 Mojito and Rockabill.

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Three Jeanneau Sunfast 3600s are among the nine-boat fleet that will contest Saturday's 24-mile ISORA coastal race along the Dublin and Wicklow coastline.

With an eye on current light wind forecasts, race organisers have stated the course may be shortened off Bray in County Wicklow.

This race is the 11th Race in the Musto ISORA 2022 series and also the third race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series.

John O'Gorman's 3600 Hot Cookie and Pete Smyth's Searcher, both from the National Yacht Club, will be joined by Royal St. George Yacht Club's Yoyo (Brendan Coghlan).

Also racing is Howth Yacht Club ICRA coastal champion 2022, Robert Rendell's Grand Soleil 44, Samatom. 

The forecast is for northerly winds of six knots at 0955 start time with the hope of a sea breeze later

Entries for the 11th race in the Musto ISORA 2022 series and also the third race of the Viking Marine Coastal SeriesEntries for the 11th race in the Musto ISORA 2022 series and also the third race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series

The course will be at ISORA's usual Dun Laoghaire start line at Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy and then to: 

  • ISORA Dublin Virtual (P) N53 17.110 W6 00.100
  • North Kish (S) 53 18.560N 5 56.423W
  • East Kish (S) 53 14.343N 5 53.595W
  • Bray Outfall (S) 53 13.254N 6 4.485W
  • Muglins (P) 53 16.515N 6 4.550W
  • Usual Dun Laoghaire Finish between the pier heads. 53 18.145N 6 7.619W

The course for the 11th race in the Musto ISORA 2022 series and also the third race of the Viking Marine Coastal SeriesThe course for the 11th race in the Musto ISORA 2022 series and also the third race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series

The time limit is 17.00

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IRC Class 0 J125 entry Jackknife skippered by Andrew Hall of Pwllheli Sailing Club was the winner of ISORA's 120-mile Race Ten from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday.

The race was won in an IRC corrected time of 14 hours 35 minutes and one second.

The Class Zero entry beat classmate Nigel Ingram's Farr 30 Wild Haggis for the top spot in the nine-boat fleet. 

Third was Howth Yacht Club's Robert Rendell in the Grand Soleil 44, Samatom.

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The successful Welsh J109 Mojito (Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop) that was crowned K2Q and Cork Week Coastal Class Champion earlier this month on the south coast returns to the east coast of Ireland for the last offshore fixture of July as the favourite in ISORA's for Saturday's ISORA cross-channel race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli in North Wales.

Up to 11 starters from a pool of 21, including and six from Wales, are expected for Race No. 10 in the Musto ISORA 2022 Series and ISORA's sixth offshore race.

Royal St. George Swan 60, Lee Overlay Partners is expected to make her ISORA debut and the Northern Ireland yacht Excession from Belfast Lough is also slated to compete.

Samatom, the Grand Soleil 44, owned By Bob Rendell from Howth is racing to PwllheliSamatom, the Grand Soleil 44, owned By Bob Rendell from Howth is racing to Pwllheli

From 0800 hours, starting from Dun Laoghaire Harbour the fleet will sail to South Arklow to finish off Pwllheli. 

The course is approximately 120 miles long.

The course is as follows: STARTING LINE at Dun Laoghaire, Muglins Island (S) ISORA Dublin Bay Virtual Mark N53o17.110 W6o00.100 (P), South Arklow Cardinal Buoy N52o40.234’ W 5o58.767’(P) FINISH LINE – at Pwllheli 

Winds are forecast to be westerly at 10 knots with gusts up to 16  at start time.

Entrants for Race No. 10 in the Musto ISORA 2022 SeriesEntrants for Race No. 10 in the Musto ISORA 2022 Series

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Kinsale Yacht Club's second offshore race of the season indicates a south coast demand for this type of racing. Still, the absence of any Cork boats on July's K2Q 260 race course means organisers look set to alter the timing of future editions of the Dun Laoghaire to Cork Race.

The gun for Kinsale's next race will fire on August 19th for an All-In race around the Fastnet Rock. It's another offshore fixture that ISORA chief Peter Ryan says proves 'there is interest in offshore racing'.

Ryan has been in the vanguard of an offshore revival on the east coast over recent seasons bringing together Dublin and Welsh crews for cross-channel racing and local coastal races. 

Ryan, as one of the K2Q race organisers, accepts that the timing of the July 1 K2Q race (with both 160 and 260-mile course options) was too close to June's Round Ireland Race, but he also says it 'went well' for its first staging. 

As regular Afloat readers know, the K2Q is a Dun Laoghaire to Cork Race. Its staging was a collaboration between the Munster-based SCORA and the Irish Sea ISORA offshore racing associations.

As previously reported, the K2Q was a replay of the first recorded Irish offshore race of 1860.

It was won by Welsh J109, Mojito (Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop), while the 160-mile course was won by Royal Cork yacht Grand Soleil 40, Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy). 

2022 K2Q (160 mile) race winner - Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo 2022 K2Q (160 miles) race winner - Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo Photo: Afloat

Denis and Annamarie Murphy win the McGovern trophy for the K2Q Race 160 mile course Photo: Bob BatemanDenis and Annamarie Murphy win the McGovern trophy for the K2Q Race 160 mile course Photo: Bob Bateman

There were 26 entries in the race but only 13 starters. Only four completed the Fastnet long course.

There were no Cork boats in the four-boat race, and three of the four ISORA boats competing were from Wales.

2022 K2Q (260 mile) race winner - J109 Mojito2022 K2Q (260 mile) race winner - J109 Mojito Photo: Afloat

K2Q winners - In 1860, It is reported that the race's winner was paid a £15 at the time, and all competing boats got a bursary of 10/6 each. The first race winner was a Schooner Kingfisher owned by Cooper Penrose Esq. The race was held on July 14th 1860, with sixteen boats racing. In 2022, Mojito was awarded the first prize of a cheque for €15 mounted and framed and a Trophy provided by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world. Photo: Bob BatemanK2Q winners - In 1860, It is reported that the race's winner was paid a £15 at the time, and all competing boats got a bursary of 10/6 each. The first race winner was a Schooner Kingfisher owned by Cooper Penrose Esq. The race was held on July 14th 1860, with sixteen boats racing. In 2022, Mojito was awarded the first prize of a cheque for €15 mounted and framed and a Trophy provided by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world. Photo: Bob Bateman

Speaking to Afloat, Mojito Co-skipper Vicky Cox said, "the race was a real tough one for the crew, both physically leading to the rock and mentally coming away from it."

ISORA Chief Peter Ryan, who set up the race with SCORA's Daragh Connolly, told Afloat, "It’s a great format - dual courses. It could be an annual event but definitely a biennial one. If biennial, it needs to be later, possibly mid-August. 

ISORA and SCORA are to sit down to review the race, discuss other co-operations and set a date for a future edition.

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