Juno dominate VAC and the opening 2 Rounds of the 2019 Performance 40 Sailing Series
First of all apologies for the lateness of this report..... a 6 week old baby has taken over the Swete household and 'spare time' seems a thing of the past right now, however it seemed like a fantastic weekend of sailing was had by all at last weekend's Vice Admirals Cup.
Christopher Daniel's team on the J122 Juno seemed to step it up yet another gear to completely dominate this regatta in another impressive performance, winning in the end by a whopping 10 points over Mike Blair's Cobra. Nifty rounded out the podium after coming out on the right side of a tie break over an impressive Dusty P. Please see an excerpt of RORC's report of the final day below.
The Performance 40 class went into the final day with a much tighter leaderboard (then the Fast 40s) - Christopher Daniel's J/122e Juno led the class, counting four points from three races, just one point ahead of Michael Blair's King 40 Cobra.
At the start of the opening race another King 40, Roger Bowden's Nifty, headed out to the right hand side of the course, gaining a similar advantage to Redshift (in the Fast 40's). Bowden got to the top mark at the same time as Ian Schenkel's Ker 39 Rumbleflurg, with both followed quickly by Juno and one of the lowest rated boats in the fleet, Andrew McIrvines' First 40 La Reponse. At this stage Cobra was well buried in the pack.
Juno was first across the line, saving her time on La Reponse by 14 seconds. Another First 40, Richard Patrick's Dusty P, took third on corrected time, just 12 seconds behind La Reponse. Juno took another decisive victory in the final race to win overall 10 points ahead of Cobra. Nifty and Dusty P tied on 17 points, with the former taking third overall thanks to her victory in race four.
The next event on the P40 Calendar is the RORC IRC Nationals from the 5th-7th July. Please note that this is the only P40 event that runs over 3 days and also the only event that I cannot have any sway with the crew/weight limits. Please also note there has been a nice amendment to the crew/weight limits for the IRC Nationals and this is as follows:
IRC Rule 22.4.2 Crew Number/Weight is deleted and replaced by “The maximum number of crew that may sail aboard a yacht shall be the number shown on the certificate except that; when the crew consists of either - at least 2 females, at least 2 25 years old or under (25 or under on the 4th July 2019) or at least 1 female and 1 25 years old or under (25 or under on the 4th July 2019) then the crew limit is certificate number plus 1. There is no weight limit.”