|Red Rock IV (photo Beken - sample sheet)|
The 1979 series was windy throughout, and after placings of 31/25/38/17 in the inshore and Channel races, Red Rock IV went on to finish 6th in the storm lashed Fastnet Race of that year (to finish 15th yacht overall, and top yacht in the fifth placed Argentinian team).
|Red Rock IV seen here to windward of top Australian yacht Police Car|
|Red Rock IV featured on the cover of Argentinian yachting magazine 'Gente'|
|Red Rock IV sailing in the Celtic Challenge 2014|
|Red Rock IV sailing downwind in the South Irish sea (photo Rob Newman)|
"My strategy was not to push too hard and to get there and back without any major problems. I pushed a little harder on the return leg and did better as a result, but completing the race was more important for me than position. As is the case with many races, making the start-line can be difficult, and so it was in my case. My original insurer didn't want to cover the race so a new insurer meant a new survey and an extra list of work to do. The boat was in great condition but my polars and calibrations could have been better. For future races I will definitely get my polars and sail crossover better organised.
I thought my IRC handicap of 1.063 was quite tough for single handed but it didn't affect the way I sailed or thought about the race. I would be keen to know the IRC handicaps of any similar aged Two Tonners. I'm keen to do AZAB again and perhaps the round Britain and Ireland (double handed)."
Newman adds that the organisation of the race was fantastic and great thanks to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Club Navale in Ponta Delgada.