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RORC Transatlantic Race 2015

RORC Transatlantic Race 2015The 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race will be starting from Marina Lanzarote on November 28th.

There are many ways to keep up with the race, from start to finish.

Make sure to keep a beady eye on the RORC Transatlantic Race minisite for all the latest news.

  • Race Updates

The RORC will be uploading regular race updates direct to the minisite - keep an eye on these to see what the news is on the water.

  • Blogs

From what wildlife they encounter to what they are eating over the long trip, boats are encouraged to upload regular blogs to the RORC and these will appear here.

  • Tracking

Each boat is fitted with a YB Tracker which feed back to the minisite here.

  • Gallery

You can already view the pre-race atmosphere and parties held in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, and more will be added to the race gallery during the race and from Grenada.

  • Social Media

We will be updating Facebook with photos and news throughout the race. Don't forget to follow #rorcrtr and follow @RORCRacing on Twitter!

Inaugural IRC European Championship

2015-IRC-European-MB-with-KO-David-bRANNIGANThe 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.

Read more... [Inaugural IRC European Championship]
Glittering Finale

2015 RFR-fleet-needles-aerial-kaCelebrating 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.

Read more... [Glittering Finale]
Life in the Fast Lane

2015-Concise-10-Head-on-Mark-LloydCompetitors 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.

Read more... [Life in the Fast Lane]
2015 Transatlantic Race Sailor Feature - Elin Haf Davies

2015-Elin-haf-davies-chris-frost-TRThe 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.

Read more... [2015 Transatlantic Race Sailor Feature - Elin Haf Davies]
RORC Members battle for Etchells World Title

2015 Etchells World Champions - Skip Dieball, Jon McLean and Jeff Eiber - Photo Etchell Worlds 2015/Guy NowellJon McLean has won the Etchells World Championship in Hong Kong having had a week long battle with RORC Rear Commodore Steve Benjamin which went right down to the wire of the last beat of the last race.

Jon McLean who hails from Anglesey but now resident in the US teamed up with sailmaker Skip Dieball and Jeff Eiber a few years ago with the aim of making a mark in the class. They had to cope with a wide variety of conditions including 25 knots and extreme 3m swell.

Read more... [RORC Members battle for Etchells World Title]
Magnificent Fleet Set for 8th RORC Caribbean 600

six15-0014 Tim_Wright_Photoaction.comWith under four months until the start of the 8th race, the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 has already attracted an astounding collection of the world's finest offshore racing yachts. The strength of the fleet suggests that there will be intense competition for overall honours as well as record attempts for both monohull and multihull race records.

Shipping straight to the Caribbean from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will be Comanche, Jim & Kristy Hinze Clark's American 100ft VPLP/Verdier designed Maxi, which rightly claims to be the fastest monohull in the world for her 24-hour record run (2015 Transatlantic Race, 618.01 nm, averaging 25.75 knots). Comanche races with as many as 29 crew, led by Kenny Read, who was on board George David's Rambler 100 to set the RORC Caribbean 600 course record in 2011 (40 hours 20 mins 02 secs). Given the right conditions, Comanche is very capable of breaking Rambler 100's record.

Read more... [Magnificent Fleet Set for 8th RORC Caribbean 600]
RORC drums up International competition for 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup

2016-comc-commodores-cup-michael-boyd-rupert-tyler-RTLast night at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's St James's clubhouse, the 2016 Commodores' Cup was formally launched, with the British investment management and financial planning company Brewin Dolphin continuing its sponsorship of the club's biennial flagship event for national three boat teams with amateur crews. The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup will next take place out of Cowes, Isle of Wight over 23rd-30th July 2016.

First Israeli team

Something of a surprise was the first team officially to enter the 2016 event being not one of the regulars - France, Ireland or the UK - but Israel. Alongside judo, sailing is Israel's top Olympic sport, but to date this hasn't extended to big boats.

In addition to the Israelis, and the four UK teams, France is expected to mount a strong entry, having not won the event since 2006. The defending champion, Ireland, is expected to return, plus at least one Dutch team and possibly another composite Benelux team. Hong Kong has shown interest and there remains the strong possibility of a team from Canada.

Read more... [RORC drums up International competition for 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup]
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Simple Course, Complex Race

Michele Galli racing his TP52, B2 emerged winner of the 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race - photo Rolex/Kurt ArrigoThe Rolex Middle Sea Race has a simple course, yet it is an incredibly complex race that appeals to professional and Corinthian sailors alike. The combination of a myriad land features, with varied winds and sea states creates one of the most complex puzzles for navigators. For a team to perform to the best of their ability requires extensive preparation and precise execution. Preparation is fundamental, yet the ability to interpret the changing conditions while racing and adapt accordingly ultimately delivers success.
The 36 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race started on the 17th October, featuring a fleet of 111 yachts, from 22 nations with yachts ranging from 9 to 25 metres in length. There is no race with a more dramatic start under cannon fire from the bastions of Grand Harbour, as the fleet set off on a great adventure.
The first to return were the Americans. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70 trimaran Phaedo3 christened the finish line just after midnight on Tuesday, 20 October. Closely followed by George David's canting keel maxi Rambler 88 who claimed monohull line honours. An impressive feat for the course record holders, who had hoped for a weather forecast that would enable them to better their time with their new Juan Kouyoumidjian design.

"We broke the course record in 2007 but that has not been broken this year. So it is nice to keep that one intact," commented George David. "This was a slow race, although we did have incredibly varied conditions, we saw zero to 23 knots of wind speed and everything in between and every cardinal point of the compass for wind direction and wind transitions of up to 90 degrees. In respect of the record, the first half of the race killed any chance and in the second half we had 160 miles dead up wind from Trapani to Lampedusa."

Read more... [Rolex Middle Sea Race - Simple Course, Complex Race]
Grenada Commits to RORC Transatlantic Race

Fred Pilkington being presented with the IMA Line Honours Trophy by the Honourable Yolande Bain-Horsford, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation and Andrew McIrvine, RORC Admiral and IMA Secretary General - Photo RORC/Arthur Daniel & Olando K RomainWith just over a month to go, competitors in the RORC Transatlantic Race - which is jointly organised by the International Maxi Association (IMA) - are making their way to the start from Marina Lanzarote. The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announced that the Caribbean island of Grenada would continue to host the international fleet at the end of their 3,000 nm Atlantic race.

The final and longest race in the annual RORC racing programme counts towards the 2016 Season's Points Championship series. A dozen teams including both corinthian and professional sailors from France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Spain and Canada will compete for an impressive array of silverware, including the fine vintage silver trophy presented by the International Maxi Association (IMA) for monohull line honours.

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