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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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Sevenstar confirmed as Official Logistics Partner for the RORC Caribbean 600

sponsors partners sevenstar racing 240 336The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce Sevenstar Yacht Transport as the Official Logistics Partner to the RORC Caribbean 600 starting in Antigua on 20th February 2017.

"The RORC have had a long and fruitful relationship with Sevenstar through their title sponsorship of the quadrennial Round Britain and Ireland race. We are delighted that they have extended this partnership by becoming the logistics provider for the incredibly successful RORC Caribbean 600, with the ability to provide cost-effective shipping solutions for boats travelling from Europe and America," says Michael Boyd, RORC Commodore.

Sevenstar is the world leader in the transport of yachts and equipment all around the world, and has recently added the Racing Yacht Logistics division to specifically cater for the yacht racing community.

Although Sevenstar operate worldwide, much of its business involves shipping to and from the Caribbean and Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics will offer competitors a team of experts to advise on race yacht transport. The new division will also ship other essential racing equipment, including spares, masts and RIBs, making sure that teams are fully race-ready by the time the start gun goes off.

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It’s a wrap – review of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup: France victorious


Lire l'article en Français: La France remporte la Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup

The reason why the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup stands as a pinnacle event within the Royal Ocean Racing Club's sizeable calendar was made abundantly evident during its 13th running in late July.

The club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews is a supreme test, held on the navigationally complex waters of the Solent and the Channel, and featuring a range of race courses - windward-leewards, round the cans, an overnight offshore race and a race around the Isle of Wight, that on this occasion took place in sun and a 20-25 knot southwesterly. It is also something of a rarity in modern grand prix yachting - an event that lasts a whole week. And to win requires a team effort: All three boats in each team must pull their weight.

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RORC Channel Race - Shakti takes the spoils

Avenarius & Gorm Gondesen's German Ker 46 Shakti - photo Paul WyethAvenarius & Gorm Gondesen's German Ker 46 Shakti was the overall winner of the RORC Channel Race. Tony Lawson was on board his MOD 70 Concise 10 for a blast around the 125 mile course, in just 9 hours 15 mins and 54 Secs and was first boat home. Harm Prins' Volvo 70 Sanya Lan took monohull line honours in just under 12 hours. Shakti's overall win gives the German team just under an 11 point advantage over Tonnerre 4 in IRC Zero for the RORC Season's Points Championship. Tonnerre fell behind early in the race, as the leading boats past through Hurst Narrows and try as the Dutch team might, they could not catch their German rivals.

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