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2015 Cowes Week Brochure CoverFriday 7th - Sunday 16th August 2015

The RORC Cowes Clubhouse is a hive of activity during Cowes Week and we are delighted to announce the programme of events scheduled throughout the week.

The week kicks off on Friday 7th August with the Launch Party; an informal party for members, sailors and guests to grab a bite to eat, drink and enjoy live music. During the week there is a variety of events hosted by the Cowes Clubhouse; from the Commodore's Cocktail Party & the RORC 90th Anniversary Cocktail Party, the flagship event; The Corinthian Ball and rounding off the week with the Fireworks Party.

See all the events during Cowes Week here or click on the image to download the RORC Cowes Week Brochure.

 
2015 North Sea Race Report - Belgians back in the Chocolates

Vincent Willemart and Eric van Campenhout's MC34 Patton - photo Hamo ThornycroftNorth Sea Race Report
Start: Friday 15 May 2015
182 NM (Harwich to Scheveningen)

The 2014 RORC Season's Points Champion, Vincent Willemart and Eric Van Campenhout's Belgian MC34, Azawakh, was the overall winner of the 2015 North Sea Race, scoring the best corrected time under IRC, for the 182-mile race from Harwich to Scheveningen. Willem Schopman's Dutch Bashford Howison 36, Intention was second, just over a minute ahead, after time correction from Frans Rodenburg's Dutch First 40, Elke. Jan-friso Blacquiere's Maxfun 35, Blacq Magic was the overall winner of the ORC Class. Marcel Schuttelaar Dutch Maxi 1300, Ijsvogel was second and Willem de Jonge van Ellemeet's Dutch Dufour 40, Flying Dolphin was third in ORC overall.

74 yachts entered the 2015 North Sea Race, which was blessed with bright sunshine at the start. The Two-Handed fleet having been considerably swelled by the race being part of the inaugural Dutch Two-Handed National Championships. A moderate ten knots of breeze from the north provided a tactical beat against the tide up to Cork Sand Yacht Beacon via Outer Ridge before a gentle reach to the South Galloper Buoy. At dusk the wind speed reduced, providing very light and shifty conditions through the night. In the early hours of Saturday morning the leaders had made it to the most northerly part of the course, Smith's Knoll Buoy, and the wind started to fill in from the south west, giving exciting reaching conditions. As the fleet cracked sheets and hoisted downwind sails for a reaching across the North Sea, the final day of the offshore race provided fast thrilling racing for the fleet.

Read more... [2015 North Sea Race Report - Belgians back in the Chocolates]
 
The North Race Sea - A Great Start

The start of IRC/ORC 3 and 4 in the 2015 North Sea Race - photo RORCThe 182 mile North Sea Race from Harwich to Scheveningen got underway in sparkling conditions outside of Harwich Harbour at 1030hrs this morning. Sunny skies and a 7 - 10 knot northerly wind was just perfect. The Royal Harwich Yacht Club had played host for the finish of the North Sea Regatta's Vuurschepen Race and as well as providing their fantastic facilities to the RORC Race Team they provided a great group of Race Officers and volunteers led by their Commodore, Chris Brown. Harwich Harbour Authority once again supported the race, providing the committee vessel, the Haven Hornbill, a wonderful platform for the committee.

Read more... [The North Race Sea - A Great Start]
 
North Sea Race 2015 - Tracking

North Sea Race 2015 - Tracking System North Sea Race 2015 - Tracking

The tracking system for the North Sea Race is now available.
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/northsea2015

 
Class 40s Go Transatlantic: Little Boats, Big Ocean, Intense Competition

2015 TR LibertyThe maxi yachts get all the attention in the marina. But on the racecourse for the Transatlantic Race 2015, from Newport, R.I., to England, the most interesting battle could well be amongst the smallest boats in the fleet.

The six Class 40 yachts entered in the race will compete as part of the IRC Division and as part of their own sub-class, where they'll race boat for boat across the Atlantic.

"One hundred percent of my focus will be on winning the Class 40 Division," says veteran Class 40 skipper Michael Hennessy (at right, foreground, during the 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing) who will race his boat Dragon. "The box-rule boats are so closely matched, and the various skippers are formidable enough, that if you place well amongst the Class 40 boats then you are going to do well in the overall fleet."

The Transatlantic Race 2015 will pit amateur and professional sailors against one of the most demanding racetracks in the world, the North Atlantic Ocean. The fleet will leave from Newport, R.I., in one of three staggered starts from June 28 to July 5, with the finishes, off the Lizard, expected in the middle of July.

Read more... [Class 40s Go Transatlantic: Little Boats, Big Ocean, Intense Competition]
 
New Look for Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2016

Inis Mor (FRA) and Quokka 8 (IRE) during the 2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - photo RORC/Rick TomlinsonThe Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is the Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) biennial flagship event for national teams with amateur crews. The international offshore regatta comprises a tough mix of inshore and offshore racing and is an intense seven-day programme that pits three-boat teams against one another to accrue overall team points.

For the next edition, The RORC Committee have agreed to a number of changes that will have a positive impact on the number of teams taking part in the event held at Cowes, Isle of Wight between 23 and 30 July 2016.

The first is the requirement of every team to have a small boat with a rating between 1.000 and 1.049. "Many teams in the last event believed that it was hard to be competitive without having three boats that were close to the top of the allowable rating band, as was the case of last year's winning Irish team," commented RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen.

Read the full article and download the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Notice of Race from the minisite

 
2015 Cervantes Trophy Race Report - Courrier Du Leon Victorious

Courrier du Leon winner of the RORC 2015 Cervantes Trophy Race - photo Jean-Marie LiotWith over 400 yachts crewed by thousands of sailors from over 30 different nations, the 2015 Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship has the largest fleet of offshore racing yachts anywhere in the world. This year the RORC is celebrating its 90th anniversary and a record attendance is highly likely.

The first race of the series in the English Channel was the Cervantes Trophy Race, which started on 2nd May 2015. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Société des Régates du Havre and the Royal Yacht Squadron, the 114 yachts entered were set a 135 nautical mile course from the Squadron Line to Le Havre.

Read more... [2015 Cervantes Trophy Race Report - Courrier Du Leon Victorious]
 
Rolex Fastnet Race: The world’s biggest offshore race

The 2013 fleet at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Credit: Rolex/Kurt ArrigoThe world's largest, most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts will set sail from the Solent on 16th August in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and with it a record-sized fleet with as many as 350 boats is expected to take part.

As ever the 603 mile course takes the fleet west along the south coast of England, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off the tip of southwest Ireland, south around Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles and back east to the finish in Plymouth. Conditions on the race course can range from benign and summery to vicious and stormy and the event is well remembered for the horrific conditions in 1979 that claimed the lives of 15 competitors. Fortunately vast improvements in weather forecasting, safety and communications equipment as well as yacht design over the intervening years mean that a repeat of this disaster today is unlikely.

The Rolex Fastnet Race is also one of the most popular events in sailing: the original limit of 300 boats racing for the overall handicap prize under IRC was increased to 340 in 2013 due to the increased demand. This is more than twice as many places as the next most popular of other 600 mile races held elsewhere the world and still, when registration opened in January, all 340 places were filled within just 24 minutes! In addition to this group is the `non-IRC' fleet, including many top grand prix race boat classes such as the IMOCA 60s, that compete in the Vendee Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race, and the Class 40s.

Read more... [Rolex Fastnet Race: The world’s biggest offshore race]
 
RORC Easter Challenge Day Three: Coached to Perfection

The competitors enjoy the sunshine at the prizegiving at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse. Credit: RORC/Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.comWhile the sun came out for the final day of the RORC Easter Challenge, sadly the wind failed to materialise on the Solent and at 1130 BST Principal Race Office Stuart Childerley hoisted the AP over A announcing an end to the regatta.

Fortunately the RORC Easter Challenge is a `coaching regatta' and use was made of the lost time at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse where Jim Saltonstall's seminar on the Racing Rules of Sailing was delivered to another packed house. The prizegiving followed, held outside on the club's terrace where the main silverware was presented, along with a considerable tonnage of Easter eggs.

Read more... [RORC Easter Challenge Day Three: Coached to Perfection]
 
RORC Easter Challenge Day Two: More Christmas than Easter

IRC One start one of the four races held on Day Two of the RORC Easter Challenge. Credit: RORC/Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.comA stiff northerly breeze gave the second day of the RORC Easter Challenge more of a winter feel, rather than a spring one. But an early start and the shifting 15 knot winds that built towards 20 were enough for the Race Committee to hold four races, making up for yesterday's one.

In IRC One, Antix, Anthony O'Leary's turbo-ed Ker 40 is the runaway leader, having won all but one of the five races held. O'Leary's team on Antix, two-time winner of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, now holds the biggest lead across the RORC Easter Challenge's four classes.

Read more... [RORC Easter Challenge Day Two: More Christmas than Easter]
 
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Rolex Fastnet Race
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
RORC Caribbean 600 Race
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
RORC Transatlantic Race
Transatlantic Race 2015

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