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Trailblazers of the RORC Transatlantic Race

Giovanni Soldini's foiling MOD70, Maserati will be literally flying off the start line in the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race © Guilain Grenier/www.martin-raget.comRacing across the Atlantic evokes the primal desires of any offshore sailor and the Grenada-bound RORC Transatlantic Race, departing from Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 26th November, has attracted a highly diverse range of boats and crews to compete in the third edition.

Leopard out to break the monohull record

Whilst the Atlantic is only half the size of the Pacific, Mid-Atlantic is as far away from land as possible, save Point Nemo in the depths of the Southern Ocean and Mike Slade's 100ft canting keel maxi, Leopard 3 is no stranger to the Atlantic. Leopard has accomplished five separate Transatlantic records over the last nine years and has crossed the Atlantic 12 times, with this race being Boat Captain, Chris Sherlock's 30th crossing. Leopard 3 is very capable of breaking the current monohull record for the RORC Transatlantic Race, set by Jean-Paul Riviere's Finot 100, Nomad IV in the last race in 10 days 07 hours 06 mins 59 secs.

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Royal Ocean Racing Club Annual Dinner & Prize Giving 2016

2016 AD_HeadingSaturday 19th November 2016

InterContinental Park Lane

18.30 - 01.00

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100 foot limit relaxed for 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race

Class Zero and Canting Keel start the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race -photo Rolex/Kurt ArrigoThe Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race starting on Sunday 6th August 2017, has relaxed the limit of a maximum monohull length of 100ft (30.48m).

The biennial event is the world's biggest offshore race and the last edition attracted a record-sized fleet of 356 starters. The 47th race is expected to be no different, with a diverse fleet of yachts from around the world eager to secure a spot when the online entry system opens at midday (UTC) on 9th January 2017. Such is the draw of this classic 600-mile race, it was oversubscribed in under 24 minutes last time round!

Following interest from a number of superyacht owners and skippers wishing to take part in this classic offshore race, the RORC Race Committee has elected to lift the 100ft monohull limit opening the race up to the new breed of fast and agile cruiser/racer designs such as Peter Harrison's beautiful Farr designed ketch Sojana, the new Swan 115's and Baltic 115's, to name but a few. These yachts are regularly seen on the superyacht race circuit and have always been eligible to race in another RORC classic 600-miler, the annual RORC Caribbean 600 from Antigua.

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RORC Cherbourg Race Report - Champagne in Cherbourg

2016 Cherbourg Race winners - Columbus Circle with the Trophies - photo RORC/Ant DaveyHugo Tardivel's French A31 Columbus Circle is the overall winner of the RORC Cherbourg Race. The crew will be celebrating with hundreds of sailors from the RORC fleet at the Yacht Club de Cherbourg. Gilles Fournier's J/133 Pintia was second, just five seconds ahead of Nick Jones' First British 44.7 Lisa, after IRC time correction. However Lisa's result virtually assures the team of the overall win in the 2016 RORC Season's Points Championship, with a race to spare.

"This is the first time we have won a RORC race overall so we are so happy" commented Hugo Tardivel. "Although I raced in a Laser when I was younger, we only started sailing in ColumbusCircle three years ago and this is our second season racing. We have gradually been increasing our level of performance, so to win with our last race of the season is a real joy. FoggyDew was with us all the way, until we decided to go to the east in the middle of the Channel because of the change in the tide. We carried our Code Zero for most of the race, until right at the end when our spinnaker allowed us to make up some time. We will be celebrating in Cherbourg with Champagne tonight!"

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Cherbourg Race - Live Tracking

YB AIS Tracking of the RORC Cherbourg RaceFollow the RORC Cherbourg Race as the boats race live on the YB Tracking's AIS Tracking.

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2016 RORC Cherbourg Race

Raging Bee has all but secured the IRC Two Handed Class, but would love to add IRC Three for a fairy tale finish at the Yacht Club de Cherbourg - RORC/Paul WyethFriday 2 September : Cowes-Cherbourg 75 miles

The penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points Championship often has a party atmosphere, it is the last race of the RORC season in English and French waters. About seven hundred sailors will be making the dash to France, in a variety of yachts racing under the IRC Rating system, and under the Class40 Rule. For some classes, the RORC Cherbourg Race is the season decider, for others who are already assured of class wins, there is the opportunity to race and celebrate in Cherbourg.

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RORC Ladies Dinner

2016 Womens_Keelboat_ChampsThursday 22nd September 2016
RORC London Clubhouse
20 St. James's Place, London, SW1A 1NN

Celebrate the end of the RORC domestic offshore racing season and enjoy the perfect opportunity to meet with other female members, sailors and guests.

Tickets: £55 per person
includes welcome drink, three course dinner with accompanying wine followed by tea & coffee.

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Time and Tide

Eric de Turckheim's French A13 Teasing Machine. RORC/Paul WyethThe inaugural edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Île d'Ouessant Race produced a fascinating strategic battle for the new four hundred nautical mile ocean race. In an ever-changing wind and tide scenario, the outstanding performers needed to make bespoke tactical decisions to achieve success. Speed is always king in offshore racing, but the fastest time is not always achieved by adopting the shortest route.

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2016 Ile d'Ouessant Race Tracking

2016-IDO-coursechartFollow the RORC Ile d'Ouessant Race as the boats race live on the YB Tracking's AIS Tracking.

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A New Ocean Race

2016-ido-coastline-remi-turbanThe first edition of the RORC Île d'Ouessant Race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line on Sunday and the fascinating course has attracted a wide variety of yachts racing under the IRC Rating system, as well as MOD 70 Trimarans and a clutch of Class40 ocean pocket-rockets. The 400-mile race has a simple course; Cowes - Wolf Rock - Ouessant - St Malo. However, the race has the potential for complex strategy.

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