Saturday night was the highlight of the RORC racing calendar - the Prizegiving Dinner! The 200 attendees gathered at the stunning venue of One Great George Street (Westminster) the fully attired in black tie, with not a hint of Musto in sight!
Sailing Logic were proud to collect two stunning trophies...
The Emily Verger Plate for winning the IRC Class 2 Point Championship Series.
Visit Malta Puma, skippered by James 'Chippie' Gair and Leanna Hill has won one of the top prizes - the class championships!
Most of the RORC races this season were part of our Round Ireland Campaign. The crew trained and raced hard and did well in their qualifiers, but it was the Round Ireland Race itself, which was the real test. The 600 mile race turned into a match race between Visit Malta Puma and NUI Galway (an Irish team also on a Reflex 38!). The conditions were challenging ranging from periods at anchor followed by 40 knot squalls, and required a tremendous amount of effort - there were 18 sail changes in the first 12 hours alone!
The rivallry continued in a cat and mouse duel for 5 days until NUI Galway crept ahead on the final leg and took 1st place, finishing just 2 hours ahead of Visit Malta Puma which equates to 1.6% - such a close battle! But 2nd place was a fantastic result - and with the 1.5 points factor Visit Malta Puma were sure of a valuable points score.
The First 40 La Reponse looked threatening towards the end of the season, but the RORC St Malo Race proved to be the clincher - as Visit Malta Puma secured enough points to ensure that their leading margin was unassailable!
By the end of the season, Visit Malta Puma had a score of 369 from the best four races, second place La Reponse finished on 357.
The team from the Round Ireland Race Campaign along with partners plus Victoria from our sponsors the Malta Tourism Authority joined Allie and Sharon at the RORC Dinner to share the honour of collecting the trophies. This is the third time Sailing Logic have won this trophy - testimony to the consistently high standard of racing offered.
Victoria commented "What an amazing evening! And of course we are delighted that Visit Malta Puma has again received such positive coverage and very proud to be associated with such great results!"
Left to Right: Sharon, Barry, Leanna, Victoria (MTA), Chippie, Simon, Tim & Allie. The David Fayle Trophy, the Emily Verger Plate, RORC Gold Medallion for First in Class 2 and RORC Silver Medallion for 2nd place in the RORC Cervantes Race.
The David Fayle Memorial Trophy for best Schoolboat in RORC Series Overall
RORC are keen to encourage newcomers to the sport of offshore racing and this David Fayle Memorial trophy is awarded to the sailing school yacht with the highest number of points in the IRC Series oOrall (no discards).
Sailing Logic have won this trophy for the 8th consecutive year - a record unmatched by any other sailing school in the history ot the trophy! Sailing Logic consistently offer opportunities for individuals of all levels to particpate in RORC races - from short cross channel races to the longer more arduous challenges posed by the Fastnet, Round Ireland and Caribbean 600!
This year, Visit Malta Puma finished 11th Overall (out of 283 participating yachts) - which is not only the leading schoolboat by a country mile - but also a very respectable finish - with the other Top 10 yachts all being very well known racing yachts sailed by regular experienced crews!
As Chippie collected the Trophy he beamed "Phew - what a relief! Imagine being the first skipper to fail to continue Saiiling Logic's long-standing and impressive tradition!"
Allie, the founder of Sailing Logic comments, "Once again, we are SO so proud to show that our approach to racing is not only an inclusive one, providing opportunities to sailors of all levels and backgrounds, but a successful one - providing a competitive racing experience with results right up there with the best in the sport!"
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