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Latest maxis to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Comanche and Rambler lined up for the first time in the 2015 Les Voiles de St. Barth © Christophe JouanyWhile it may not be the event's ultimate prize, the monohull battle for line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race is always hotly contested, coming with considerable bragging rights. This year's race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the event's organiser, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will see the world's two very newest maxis jockeying for this prize. Both belong to American captains of industry and both were launched last autumn.

Favourite is the 100ft long Comanche owned by Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark. Clark, the Silicon Graphics and Netscape founder, has owned several high profile superyachts and the magnificent J-Class yacht, Hanuman, but his latest craft is a state of the art ocean racer designed by VPLP-Verdier, best known for their IMOCA 60 designs. In fact Comanche strongly resembles a scaled-up version of MACIF, winner of the last Vendee Globe, with a powerful hull, canting keel, twin daggerboards and rudders and numerous other go-faster features.

"The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the goals for Comanche as one of the `Great Races' around the globe," Clark explains. "Comanche was built to do two things: Win line honours and, if Mother Nature cooperates, try to break records. Let's hope that we succeed with both, but I know there will be lots of very strong competition!"

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Courrier Du Leon by a Whisker

Gery Trentesaux helming Courrier Du Leon to an overall win in the 2015 Myth of Malham Race. Credit:RORC/Paul WyethOver the Bank Holiday Weekend, a tense, tactical and complex yacht race played out along the south coast of England. 141 yachts, racing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race, enjoyed a dress rehearsal for the start of this year's famous Rolex Fastnet Race. The Western Solent was a magnificent sight with over a hundred spinnakers flying, heading for the Eddystone Lighthouse, off Plymouth Sound.

The complex tidal flow along the 229 mile coastal course, was a crucial part of the race. Before sundown on the first day, the larger high performance yachts seemed to have the upper hand, enjoying an advantage of water line length in positive tide, as well as rig height and sail choice more suited to light airs reaching. However, several smaller yachts made the crucial tidal gate at Portland Bill to stay in touch with the larger rivals. During the first night and the second day, light airs persisted and with the high performance yachts not able to achieve planing speed, the smaller yachts were in with a chance of overall victory.

The winner of the Myth of Malham Race was Géry Trentesaux's French JPK 10.80, Courrier Du Leon, racing with a highly experienced team including UNCL President, Marc de Saint Denis and the founder of the

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141 Yachts Set Sail for Eddystone

The Start of the RORC Myth of Malham Race 2015 - photo RORC/Paul Wyeth141yachts crossed the start line for the 2015 Myth of Malham Race, the largest RORC fleet to set sail since the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. A light gradient breeze from the north of just 5 knots was enhanced by a developing sea breeze causing erratic wind speed for the starters. Judging the line was extremely difficult but those that succeeded were rewarded with clear air and room to adjust heading, making the best use of the gusts. A windless trap off Lymington was the next hurdle to pass, before cracking sheets for a beam reach along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, heading for the Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth Sound.

Three hours into the race, former RORC Commodore Mike Greville, racing his Ker 39, Erivale III, was the top performer leading the race overall. Mike Greville has a fine record for the Myth of Malham, winning the race outright in 2008. The battle for Line Honours is developing into a fascinating encounter between Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 and British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered by Mikey Ferguson. Tonnerre 4 seems to be heading for the Dorset coast, whilst Artemis Ocean Racing is heading offshore. In IRC One, Michael Bartholomew GP42, Tokoloshe II had a cracking start, leading their class on the water, past Hurst Narrows. However Anthony O'Leary's Munster Red Ker 40, Antix was hot on the heels of the South African team on Tokoloshe II.

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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2015

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.

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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.

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North Sea Race 2015 - Tracking

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

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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.

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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.

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