The Royal Ocean Racing Club released today the names of the yachts that have won trophies and special awards during the 2004 racing season.
The Yacht of the Year Solune, the Nacira 60 owned by Frenchman Jean-Philippe CHOMETTE, was announced a month ago and the attached list now gives the full listings of all winners including the winners of the RORC Medallions for the IRC classes.
The winner of the Assuage Trophy Championship for RORC members for the yacht with the most RORC points in IRC overall in the Cherbourg Race, plus her best three races taken from Cervantes, St Malo, Morgan Cup and Myth of Malham Races was Exabyte III the IMX 45 owned by Shaul FRÖHLICH. She also won the Alan Paul Trophy for consistent high performance in IRC. Commenting on his wins, Shaun FRÖHLICH said: "I am extremely happy and proud to have won these Trophies as our 2004 season was a particularly busy one. We competed for the full RORC series offshore as well as plenty of inshore events including the Warsash Spring Series, Red Funnel Easter Regatta, The IRC Nationals, Cork Week and The Rolex Commodores Cup. This frenetic program placed enormous demands on the whole crew who worked incredibly hard from the first start to the last finish. All concerned can now be assured of some great celebration at the RORC Prizegiving on December 1st. I am also particularly grateful to RORC for running such a professional and well balanced race programme."
Winner of the Illingworth Cup, the Serendip Trophy for the best series-produced yacht in IRC and the Stradivarius Trophy for the best overseas yacht in the IRC was RORC Vice Commodore Chris BULL'S J145 Jazz. Having competed in many RORC races during the 2004 season, including winning Class 0 in both Round Ireland and Cascais races, Chris Bull has made a significant commitment to RORC racing which is reflected in the trophies he and his crew have won.
Of particular note amongst the prize winners is Mark BARTLETT, the winner of the Duncan Munro-Kerr Youth Challenge Trophy for the youngest crew member on board a yacht which on points finishes in the top three in her IRC class. This was awarded to Mark for his crewing on board the Farr 52 Bear of Britain. Currently a student at Southampton Institute, Mark has adjusted quickly from dinghies to big boats and joined the Skandia Yachting Academy in April. Since then he has become a regular crew on Bear of Britain, competing in the Commodore's Cup and Cowes Week and has been selected to race on the Maxi Skandia in all the Far East offshore races, culminating in the Sydney-Hobart.
All the trophies and medallions will be presented at the RORC Annual Dinner on Wednesday December 1st 2004 at the Drapers' Hall, Throgmorton Street, London EC2.
2004 Yacht of the Year, winning the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding racing achievement
SOLUNE (Nacira60) JEAN-PHILIPPE CHOMETTE
Assuage Trophy- For the yacht with the most RORC points in IRC overall in the Cherbourg Race plus her best three races taken from Cervantes, St Malo, Morgan Cup
and Myth of Malham Races
EXABYTE III, ( IMX 45) Shaun Fröhlich
Alan Paul Trophy - for consistent high performance in IRC. Based on consistent high scores plus a bonus for the number of races completed
EXABYTE III, ( IMX 45) ShaunFröhlich
Class Championship Trophies
IRM 1 - Trenchemer Challenge Cup
EL GRINGO, (Ker 11.3) Nick Hartshorn
IRC Super Zero - Europeans Trophy
SOLUNE, (Nacira 60) Jean-Philippe Chomette
IRC 0 - Illingworth Cup
JAZZ (J145) Chris Bull
IRC 1 - Emily Verger Plate
CUTTING EDGE, (Mills 36) Lutener/James/Elwood
IRC 2 - Grenade Goblet
WINSOME, (S&S41) Harry Heijst
IRC 3 - Cowland Trophy
APSARA, (First 31.7) Jean-Michel Mercier
David Fayle Memorial Cup - for best Sailing School yacht in IRC
TEAM F1S-VOLVO (Reflex 38) - formerly Formula 1 Sailing
Haylock Cup - for best British Service yacht in IRC
LONGBOW (Prima 38 OD) Army Sailing Association
Serendip Trophy - for best series-produced yacht in IRC
JAZZ (J145) - Chris Bull
Dennis P Miller Memorial Trophy - For outstanding performance by a British yacht overseas
BOUNDER (IC45) - C G Little
Freddie Morgan Trophy - for a Classic yacht in IRC
WINSOME (S&S 41) - Harry Heijst
The Pera Awards -May be given to yachts which receive redress for rendering assistance during a race
MINX (Corby 41) Andrew Ritchie & Alex Thomson
Stradivarius Trophy - for the best overseas yacht in IRC
JAZZ (J145) - Chris Bull
Multihull Championship Trophy
TRIOHE, (F9AX) Richard Roscoe
Duncan Munro-Kerr Youth Challenge Trophy - for the youngest crew member on board a yacht which on season's points finishes in the top three of her IRC class
Mark Bartlett sailing on Bear of Britain
Red Funnel Prix D'Elegance
YES! (First 44.7) - Adam Gosling