Rolex US-IRC National
Championship Set for the Midwest
Little Traverse Yacht Club's 48th Annual Regatta Doubles
as US-IRC's Pinnacle Event
Little Traverse Yacht Club's (LTYC) 48th Annual Regatta
and One Design Series, fondly known as the “Ugotta
Regatta” that follows the Mackinac Races each year, will
attract extra attention this year when it doubles as the
second Rolex US-IRC National Championship. Scheduled for
Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, 2008, the event will
take place on Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan,
adjacent to Harbor Springs, Mich., where the LTYC is
“As more and more sailors encourage us in the expansion
of the IRC Rule,” said US-IRC Executive Director John
Mendez, “it is appropriate that we move events around
the country to enable more competitors to participate.
This year celebrates the 100th running of the
Chicago-Mac race, which is a sound reason to follow that
event with the Rolex US-IRC National Championship in the
Midwest this year.”
Mendez encouraged all competitors to enter early, as
many Mackinac race boats are expected to make the
approximately 50 nm delivery to Harbor Springs for the
event, and the fleet will be limited to 50 in IRC
Division 1, where the battle for the Rolex US-IRC
National crown will ensue. (One-design classes with a
minimum of 10 boats will be given separate starts.)
There also will be a PHRF Division 2 (with the same boat
minimum required for a separate one-design start)
sailing for the 2008 LTYC PHRF Regatta title.
IRC Division 1 (and any and all one-design classes,
including for PHRF) will sail all three days, while PHRF
Division II will sail only Saturday and Sunday.
Scheduled are three windward-leeward races on Friday; a
traditional “Tour of the Bay” race of 7-10 legs
(weighted at 1.5 in scoring) on Saturday, followed by
three windward-leeward races for all classes on Sunday.
Three separate courses will be utilized for the
“Little Traverse Yacht Club, established in 1895, is one
of the oldest yacht clubs in the Midwest and has a long
history of commitment to innovation in sailing,” said
Event Chair Kevin Farrell. “We are thrilled to host the
2008 Rolex US-IRC National Championship in Harbor
Springs as part of the 48th LTYC Regatta and One Design
Early on-line entry deadline is no later than June 20,
with late entries accepted through Friday, July 18,
2008. To access on-line registration, the NOR and more
information, visit www.LTYC.org and follow the links to
IRC rating applications for US boats can be obtained
from US SAILING (email@example.com) and for boats from
other nations at
The Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week
presented by Rolex hosted the inaugural Rolex US-IRC
National Championship during its 22nd biennial running
last June. Blue Yankee, Bob and Farley Towse's
(Stamford, Conn.) Reichel/Pugh 66, won the event with a
string of four victories in six races.
For more US-IRC information contact John Mendez,
Leukemia Cup 2007
White Bear Lake, MN
Sept. 14-16, 2007
1) Echo Too, Capri 22, Klopp/Mathewson; 2) Bakara, Capri
22, Michaud; 3) Voodoo Chile, Capri 22, Yearsley; 4)
Lucky Duck, Capri 22, Drake; 5) Make My Day, Capri 22,
Dugelman; 6) HausBoat, Capri 22, Witthaus; 7) Three
Rings, Capri 22, Igielski; 8) Improv, Capri 22, Schwarz;
9) Carpe Diem, Capri 22, Preston; 10) Nauticlew, Capri
22, McCoy; 11) Y3K, Capri 22, Loomis.
1) Hold Her, Holder 20, Sorrentino; 2) Hobie One Kenobi,
Holder 20, Gundlach; 3) Slainte, Holder 20, Whitney.
PHRF 1 Fleet
1) License 2 Chill, Harmony 22, Hegland; 2) Cyclone,
Santana 23, Ruedenberg; 3) Priority, Starwind 223,
Currier; 4) Jahazi-II, J-22, Shores; 5) Sails Tacks,
Capri 18, Quirk; 6) Athena, Beneteau First 235,
Beauchamp; 7) Surprise, Catalina 22 (SK), Kokko/Moris;
8) High on a Puff Too, Catalina 250, Riccardo.
1) Das Boot jr., Cape Dory Typhoon, Koenig; 2) Green
Bean, Cape Dory Typhoon, Schultz; 3) Lost Pleiad, Cape
Dory Typhoon, Robertshaw.
1) InnoVation, Tom Burton; 2) Type “A”, Jason Brown; 3)
A Men, Hod Irvine; 4) Snitch, Ken Broen; 5) Hufflepuff,
Lee Alnes; 6) Victory, Fletcher Driscoll; 7) Gryphon,
George Hill; 8) Hedwig, Jon Morris; 9) Felix Felicis,
Lower Portsmouth Fleet
1) E-Scow, Loon-E-Tics, Tim Black; 2) Johnson 18, Madi,
Sprouls; 3) E-Scow, The Big Trip, Matt Petersen; 4)
Johnson 18, 1 Last Breath Blair Wicklund; 5) C-Scow, Sea
Cow, Sean Wagner.
1) ARC-22, RAIL GUN, Tom Haberman; 2) SuperCat 17, Wind
Dancer, Neil Christenson; 3) ARC-22, Snoop-Dog, Craig
Jennings; 4) Nacra 5.5 Uni, Mojo, Tom Garske; 5)
SuperCat 15, Woodstock, Jon Kirschhoffer.
Upper Portsmouth Fleet
1) X-Boat, Rocket, Wheeler Morris; 2) X-Boat, Black
Pearl, Eddie Cox; 3) X-Boat, X-JBW, Willy Crary; 4)
O'Day Daysailor, Riff, Peter Schwarz; 5) Club 420,
Legacy II, John Reed.