The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has appointed Andrew OvertonÂ as the new General Manager of RORC Cowes. He has an extensive background in the hospitality industry with experience across a range of unique high quality new business ventures, acquisitions and integrations.
Andrew has built his experience from the bottom up, learning the trade at the Marriott Hotel group, developing his knowledge at the Pomme d'Or Hotel in Jersey, the Marine Hotel in Troon and more recently as the General Manager of the U.K. Trains operation for the Orient-Express company.
The 46th edition of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race marked the bicentenary anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, as well as 90 years since the Royal Ocean Racing Club was founded, following the Fastnet's first edition, in 1925. A record 356 yachts raced from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock, and back to Plymouth. Victory went to Géry Trentesaux's 35-foot Courrier du Leon. Rolex partners both yacht clubs, and the race, which it has supported since 2001.
Organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with Antigua Yacht Club Start: Antigua, West Indies - Monday 22 February 2016 Course: Approx. 600nm non-stop around 11 Caribbean Islands
The glitterati of the sailing world will be in Antigua to compete in the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. Well over 100 Olympians, World Champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors will join hundreds of passionate corinthian sailors for the exhilarating 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands.
Surfing on ocean swell in 20 knots of warm tradewinds, on a course resembling a Formula One race track, the RORC Caribbean 600 is hard to resist. A record fleet for the 8th edition is expected, with a 20% increase in pre-Christmas entries compared to last year, making a fleet of 80 yachts highly likely.
The third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start on 26th November 2016 from Marina Lanzarote to Port Louis Marina, Grenada.
The RORC Transatlantic Race was brought to a conclusion on Friday 18th December with a closing ceremony held at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. Competitors, guests and friends of the race enjoyed a Westerhall Rum Punch and Caribbean barbecue prepared by the staff of the Victory Restaurant at Port Louis.
RORC Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Warden Owen introduced RORC Commodore Michael Boyd who announced that the Grenada Tourism Authority had pledged their continued support for the RORC Transatlantic Race and that the third edition would start on 26th November 2016 from Marina Lanzarote and finish in Grenada, hosted by Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.
Congratulations to RORC member, Miles Quinton and his Gill Race Team who are currently second in the World Rankings, recently winning the Melges24 European Sailing Series.
"I have been a proud member of RORC for 23 years and after many years of sailing in RORC races for other owners, I decided to launch my own team in the Melges24 class in 2006. Now with support from our sponsors Gill, we have made a major breakthrough in winning the European Sailing Series which we led for most of the event and are ranked second in the world! It was a fantastic season on Gill Race Team as we retained our UK Nationals title, had a fifth place overall at the Worlds in Denmark and also won the Dutch Open in Medemblik," says Quinton.
"I thank my amazing team: Geoff Carveth, Nigel Young, Will Goldsmith and Catherine Alton, as well as our sponsors, Gill Marine for making it happen," continues Quinton. "The Melges24 is still the most competitive and exciting sports boat in sailing and we are looking forward to next season with the Europeans in Hyeres and then our next challenge is the Worlds in Miami at the end of 2016!"
The first ever IRC European Championship will take place during Volvo Cork Week, 10-15th July 2016. The new event in the RORC Calender will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in the sailing grounds of Cork Harbour and the Atlantic Approaches. Volvo Cork Week is renowned for a variety of sailing conditions to test the competitors, and as an open event, entries for the championship are expected from all over the world.
The first edition of the RORC IRC National Championship took place in 2000, and has done so every year since. There are now seven IRC National Championships throughout the world, but up until now, there has been no continental event.
Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, this year's RORC Annual Dinner & Prize Giving will take place later this month in the spectacular setting of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Prize winners, competitors, crews, members and guests will be out of their foul weather gear, spruced up for the black tie dinner and awards ceremony.
The 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship is the world's largest and arguably most competitive offshore yacht racing series. Over nine months, 13 races have been organised for 579 yachts, with over 3000 miles of racing in European and Caribbean locations. The RORC Annual Dinner & Prize Giving is the 'Oscars Ceremony' of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The sailors, the setting and the occasion will make for a truly memorable evening. Book your tickets here.
Competitors in the RORC Transatlantic Race, jointly organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association, are making their way to the start from Marina Lanzarote with many of the international fleet sailing thousands of miles to take part in the second edition of the race. However, just 10 days before the start, Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 was still in its home port of Hamble, UK, over 1,500 miles from the start line. For the RORC Transatlantic Race, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield will be taking on Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 Â in a high speed duel across the Atlantic.
The RORC Transatlantic Race, organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The International Maxi Association attracts a huge variety of competitors. Racing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Marina Lanzarote is a huge challenge. The fastest yachts may take less than a week to reach Port Louis Marina Grenada, but for one team, it is more likely to be three weeks at sea.
Elin Haf Davies and Chris Frost will be competing two-handed on J/120 Nunatak. Their campaign to race across the Atlantic started with eight races in the 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship, including the RORC Fastnet Race. Chris Frost is an experienced sailor, winning World and European Championships in his Swan at inshore regattas, but he has never sailed across the Atlantic before.