Last month Brighton Marina Yacht Club (BMYC) hosted the inaugural IRC Sussex Championships. The two-day yacht racing event held six races for 18 boats in the waters of the English Channel.
For 11 years the Sussex Combined Clubs (SCC) of Brighton, Eastbourne and Shoreham have worked in partnership to organise the established yacht racing event and to keep up the competitive racing spirit of Sussex.
The newly named IRC Sussex Championships was previously known as the Sussex Regatta and while adopting a new name it continues to encourage improving standards of yacht racing in and around Sussex and promoting better racing competition.
Across 18 – 19 June skippers, crews and supporters gathered at Brighton Marina’s brand new state-of-the-art floating yacht club for the first ever IRC Sussex Championships.
With two days ahead of them of varying IRC 1 and IRC 2 class races the sailors collected their Topsail racing packs and sailing instructions keen to get on the water.
In both the IRC 1 and IRC 2 fleets there was very tight racing between the top three boats. IRC 2 saw Graham Allen’s Jeneral Lee consistently take first and second place with only one third but Mark Jephcott’s Catch 22 and Robin Stevenson’s Upstart were both sailing very well, both appearing in the top three.
Peter Tyler’s Redeye was making a clean sweep of the first three races then saw some stiff competition coming from Rob McLean’s Spider Pig and Robert Style’s Diamond Jem.
Final results saw BMYC take the majority of the top spots in a successful weekend of racing for the Brighton sailors with each boat winning the coveted Topsail Beer!
IRC 1 Final Results
- Peter & Pip Tyler REDEYE BMYC
- Rob McLean SPIDER PIG BMYC
- Robert Styles DIAMOND JEM BMYC
IRC 2 Final Results
- Robin Stevenson UPSTART Sussex Yacht Club
- Graham Allen JENERAL LEE BMYC
- Mark Jephcott CATCH 22 BMYC