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IRC Two Update I 17:00 26 July

JPK 1030 Juzzy has muscled in to the top three of IRC Two, making for a thrilling finale to the race in this competitive class © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com JPK 1030 Juzzy has muscled in to the top three of IRC Two, making for a thrilling finale to the race in this competitive class © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

Three-way fight for the top

Thomas Bonnier and David Prono’s JPK 1030 Juzzy have wrestled their way into contention for top honours in IRC Two. Yesterday the tussle for IRC Two was a close match race between J/99 Axe Sail sailed by Maxime Mesnil and Hugo Feydit and the fully crewed J/120 Hey Jude skippered by Philippe Girardin. Now Juzzy’s arrival has turned the battle into a three-way fight with just 15 minutes separating these teams on corrected time.

Current estimates suggest the pace setters should cross the finish around early to mid-morning on Thursday, although there are the notorious currents and tidal flows around the Channel Islands and the coast of Normandy yet to be negotiated.

Fans of the yachts and sailors come in different guises and places, including Robert O'Leary and Sandy the dog who took a ride out to the Fastnet Rock to cheers on the Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo. Skippered by Denis Murphy, the crew are all from Royal Cork YC including the boat’s co-owner, Rear Admiral Anna Marie Fegan.

A unique spot for a dog walk to watch the fleet A unique spot for a dog walk to watch the fleet

By Andy Rice