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RORC Cherbourg Race - They Think it's all Over....

Mike Greville's Erivale III is leading IRC Three of the 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship - photo Rick TomlinsonAfter a record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2015 RORC Season's Point Championship continues this weekend with the ever popular Cherbourg Race. 60 yachts have entered, and for nearly all of them, this will be the last race of the championship. Although the Rolex Middle Sea Race is actually the final race. the overall and class winners of the 2015 RORC Season's Point Championship are likely to be decided this weekend.

Weather forecasts are predicting a light to medium northerly gradient wind, which should prove ideal conditions for Mikey Ferguson's IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing to take Line Honours, however, Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 could also be the first yacht to reach Cherbourg.

Following their magnificent victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race, Géry Trentesaux's JPK 10.80 Courrier Du Leon, is the overall leader for the RORC Season's Point Championship but victory for the season is still not decided. Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 10.10, Raging Bee, which is being campaigned Two Handed, is less than 33 points behind Courrier Du Leon, and capable of winning the overall prize.

For the RORC Season's Points Championship, class results are decided by the yachts top five races for the season. The Cherbourg Race represents the last chance for many to improve their points total to claim the podium positions for the class; two classes winners are very much in the balance.

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2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

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See all the news and results from the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race here.

 
Video - Preview of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

Preview of the 90th anniversary edition of the race Rolex presents the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. With 90 years of history, the race has become a legend in international sport. Will it be a true test of human endeavour once again this year?

Watch the video on the Rolex Fastnet Race Minisite

 
Teasing Machine Wins the RORC Channel Race

Eric De Turkheim's French A13, Teasing Maching winner of the RORC Channel Race 2015Despite a light and shifty forecast, the Royal Ocean Racing Club provided a cracking race for a magnificent fleet of 87 yachts taking part in the Channel Race. Effectively the 130 nautical mile course featured two windward leeward sections. The course took the fleet from the Squadron Line upwind into the Western Solent and up to the DZB Buoy off Anvil Point. The second leg was downwind, south of St Catherine's Point, past Owers and onto the Rampion Met Mast. The fleet then raced upwind, back to Owers, before a tight reach past Horse Sand Fort and a finish in the Eastern Solent at Darling Associates Buoy. During the race, the wind speed varied from zephyrs up to 20 knots, producing a tactical race, where sail choice, manoeuvres, trimming and driving skills, were the keys to optimum performance. Class leaders and the overall lead changed hands on many occasions during the race with yachts enjoying skirmishes right through the IRC and Class 40 fleet.

Tony Lawson was on board his British MOD 70, Concise 10, taking Line Honours for the Multihull Class and completing the course in just over nine hours, hitting a staggering top speed of 37 knots. In IRC Canting Keel, Mikey Ferguson's British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, had a full on 15-hour match race with Andy Budgen's British Volvo 70, Monster Project. Artemis Ocean Racing finished just over seven minutes ahead of Monster Project to win after time correction by just six seconds.

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Channel Race 2015 - Tracking

Channel Race TrackingChannel Race 2015 - Tracking

The tracking system for the Channel Race 2015 is now available. Please note: that we are not using individual YB Trackers; this experimental tracking uses AIS transmissions from the boats and therefore is only as good as the boats AIS installations and the the other linitations of AIS, including transmission range.

Click here to open the Race Player Application.

Lightweight options (Text-only or HTML leaderboard, Expedition/Maxsea format)

For slow or mobile connections, there are a range of lightweight options available here: http://yb.tl/links/channel2015

 
RORC Channel Race - Preview

Steven Anderson's Corby 40, Cracklin Rosie - Photo Paul WyethSaturday 1st August 2015 - First Warning Signal 0950(BST)

Course 100 - 140nm Cowes - Around Marks - Solent Finish

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the Channel Race, the tenth race of the series, and the last RORC race before the Rolex Fastnet Race. 92 yachts are expected, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, around marks in the English Channel, with a Solent finish.

Andrew Budgen's Volvo 70, Monster Project and Mikey Ferguson's IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing are favourites for monohull Line Honours. HoweveTony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 - photo Mark Lloydr, neither of these canting keel flyers is likely to keep up with one of the world's fastest multihulls. Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 is skippered by RORC member, Ned Collier Wakefield.

18 yachts will be racing in a highly competitive IRC One division including the 2015 season's top three contenders for the class; RORC Vice Commodore Steven Anderson's Cracklin Rosie, David Ballantyne's Jings and Edward Broadway's Hooligan VII.

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RORC IRC National Championship Final Report - Fabulous Finale

Salvo on her way to victory in the IRC National Championship - photo RORC/Paul WyethThe final day of the RORC IRC National Championship was blessed with phenomenal racing conditions which the RORC Race Team, led by Stuart Childerley, used to great effect. Three races were held in the Central and Eastern Solent with a solid southwesterly wind ranging from 12-20 knots and brilliant sunshine. The three classes racing under the IRC rule enjoyed thrilling action on two quick-fire windward leeward courses followed by a dramatic reaching start to the final race, in which the overall championship winner was decided by a single point.

Peter Morton's JND 35, Salvo scored a 2-1-1 on the final day to win IRC Three and the prize of overall IRC National Champion. All of the Salvo crew, including Peter Morton work in the sailing industry in Hampshire but none of them are professional racers. The core of the crew have been together for over a decade and despite winning class at the championship in the past, this is the first time Peter Morton has skippered his team to the national title. Second overall, winning the Jackdaw Trophy was Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4.

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IRC National Championship Day Two - A Tricky Day in the Solent

IRC One line up for the start - photo RORC/Paul WyethAfter the opening day's wild west show, the serene Eastern and Central Solent was chosen as the combat zone for the second day of the RORC IRC National Championship. Blessed with sparkling conditions and a gentle southerly breeze, racing got away on schedule in a light southwesterly breeze. However, all that glitters isn't gold and during the course of the day the light shifty breeze oscillated a full 50 degrees, which combined with a spring tide to provide a complex and ever changing conundrum for the competitors. Although one race start was abandoned, all three scheduled races were completed for all classes.

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RORC IRC National Championship - Day One - A Lively Start

Tonnerre 4 enjoying the breezy conditions in the Western Solent - photo RORC/Paul WyethWith the southwesterly wind gusting over 25 knots, the 12th edition of the RORC IRC National Championship kicked off with three lively races in the Western Solent. There was little in the way of commercial shipping and pleasure craft, as the 45-strong fleet revelled in the huge expanse of open race track. Principal Race Officer, Stuart Childerley selected a mixture of tight round the cans racing and technical windward leeward courses, testing the mettle of the international fleet.

IRC 1
Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 leads the class scoring two bullets and a third. Michael Bartholomew's GP42, Tokoloshe II was in the hunt, equalling Tonnerre's score going into the last race. However, Tokoloshe II was too eager to start Race 3 and had to go back to start correctly. Sir Keith Mills' Ker 40+ Invictus, taking part in their first inshore regatta, is in third position just a point ahead of Anthony O'Leary's Ker 40, Antix.

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Video: More finishers in the Transatlantic Race

 
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