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The IRC National Championship - Set for a Mighty Battle

Anthony O'Leary's Irish Ker 40, Antix - photo RORC/Paul WyethThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship kicks off this weekend with the hottest racing fleet since six TP52s took part in 2008. The inshore regatta features three days of intense racing on tight Solent courses, with top competition from Belgium, Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Right through the 46 yacht fleet, there are National, European, World and Olympic medalists racing.

At least 13 yachts will contest IRC One, including a bevy of downwind flyers. Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 will have multiple world champion, Jeremy Robinson as tactician and Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Paul Wilcox on the helm. The brand new one-off design, Spectre, built by Persico in Milan and designed by Mani Frers, is led by two-time Olympic Silver medalist, Nick Rogers and includes America's Cup sailor, Jeremy Elliott amongst the crew. Christoph Avenarius and Gorm Gondesen German Ker 46, Shakti will have a young all-German crew.

Reigning IRC National Champion, Antix, returns from Ireland with a new boat. Ireland's Captain for the victorious Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup team, Anthony O'Leary, will be at the helm of the turboed Ker 40, Antix, which blew away the opposition at this year's RORC Easter Challenge. IRC One features a significant number of yachts capable of planing at ballistic speeds downwind; Carkeek 40 Rebellion, GP42 Tokoloshe II, HH 42 Oystercatcher XXX, three Ker 40s: Antix, Hooligan VII and Baraka and Sir Keith Mills' Ker 40+, Invictus.

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First Finishers in the Transatlantic Race 2015 arrive in Cowes

 
Record Breaking Run to St Malo

Mike Slade's Leopard begins their record run to St Malo - photo Mark LloydWith two new race records and the largest RORC fleet for nearly two years, the Cowes Dinard-St Malo Race was nothing short of sensational. Tony Lawson's British MOD 70, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, completed the 151 mile course in an elapsed time of 9 hours 12 minutes and 35 seconds, setting a new multihull race record. Mike Slade's 100ft Maxi, Leopard celebrated an emphatic destruction of the monohull record, bettering the time set by Leopard in 2008 by over two hours. François Lognoné's MC 34, Nutmeg Solidaire En Peloton was the overall winner, scoring the best corrected time under IRC in a magnificent fleet.

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Cowes Dinard St Malo Race - New Records

Concise 10 setting a new course record for the RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race - photo Mark LloydConcise 10 - New Multihull Course Record

Tony Lawson's new MOD70 Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield crossed the finish line of the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race at 18:12:35 (BST) setting a new course record of 9 hours 12 minutes and 35 seconds.

Leopard - New Monohull Course Record

Mike Slade's Farr 100 Leopard smashes her previous record by over two hours to take it down less than 12 hours for the 151nm course. Finishing at 21:37:53 (BST) Leopard's new record is 11 hours 57 minutes and 53 seconds.Mike Slade's Farr 100, Leopard on route to a new course record in the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race - photo Mark Lloyd

 
Cowes-Dinard-St. Malo Race 2015 - Tracking

Cowes-Dinard-St. Malo Race 2015 - Tracking Cowes-Dinard-St. Malo Race 2015 - Tracking

The tracking system for the Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race is now available. Please note: We are not using individual YB Trackers; this experimental tracking uses AIS tranmissions from the boats and therefore is only as good as the boats AIS installation and the other limitations of AIS, including transmission range.
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/stmalo2015

 
IMOCA 60s to test their new foils in Rolex Fastnet Race

One reason the Rolex Fastnet Race is the world's biggest offshore yacht race - at present 390 boats are entered - was the decision of the Royal Ocean Racing Club to include non-IRC offshore classes: Volvo Ocean 65, the Class40, IMOCA 60, Multihulls, the latter three have their origins or being most popular in France.

Morgan Lagraviere and Nicholas Lunven's IMOCA 60, Safran at the start of the SNSM in Saint Nazaire, France © Olivier Blanchett/DPPIThe IMOCA 60s' participation this year will be particularly special as it will be the first time some of the newest generation boats destined for next year's Vendée Globe will line up. Of the 13 IMOCA 60s racing, four are new, built to the latest iteration of the IMOCA rule requiring one design masts and keels. But their most discussed feature is their giant new L-shaped foils, designed to not only to in prevent leeway, but also to operate like Dynamic Stability System-style foils, ie protruding from the leeward side of the boat to create vertical lift, added righting moment and ultimately enhanced performance.

All four boats are VPLP-Verdier designs: Banque Populaire and Hugo Boss, of Armel le Cleac'h and Alex Thomson respectively, who finished in second and third place in the last Vendee Globe; St Michel-Virbac of two time Barcelona World Race winner Jean-Pierre Dick and the latest Safran, sailed by the team's new skipper Morgan Lagravière.

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Cowes - Dinard St Malo Race - 173 Yachts Bound for St Malo

Mike Slade's 100ft Maxi, Leopard - Paul Wyeth/PWPictures.comStart: Friday 10th July 2015.
First Warning Signal: 0850, RYS Cowes, to the West.
Course: Cowes - Casquets - Les Hanois - St Malo. Approximately 151 miles.

The RORC Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the highly popular Cowes Dinard-St Malo Race. With 173 entries, the 151 nautical mile race will feature the largest RORC fleet since the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. For spectators, there will be good views of the start from Cowes Parade on the Isle of Wight and by midday, the majority of the fleet should pass Hurst Castle on the mainland shore.
In IRC Canting Keel, Mikey Ferguson's British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, is the class leader for the season, taking line honours in every race sailed. However for the race to St Malo, Artemis Ocean Racing is up against stiff opposition. Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's British Volvo 70, Monster Project, returns to RORC racing, as does the 2013 St Malo Race overall winner and race record holder Mike Slade's British Farr 100, Leopard. For this year's race Leopard's crew includes: Boat Captain Chris Sherlock, Navigator Hugh Agnew, Gian Ahluwalia, Paul Standbridge, Guy Salter and Guillermo Altadil. In 2008, Leopard set the race record with an elapsed time of 14 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

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Transatlantic Race 2015 - The Largest Group on its Way

Brigand, Siren and Lady B in the second start of the Transatlantic Race 2015. (credit Daniel Forster)The second of the three staggered start dates for the 50-boat Transatlantic Race 2015 got underway today into a brisk southwesterly breeze just after 2 p.m. local time.

A line of thunderstorms, which had initially been forecast to come through at mid-day, passed over Newport just as the crews of 20 entries were waking to begin final preparations for the 2,800-mile race from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard off England's southwestern tip.

By the time the first cannon sounded at 1:50 p.m., the sun was shining and the breeze was blowing, and the competitors reveled in the ideal conditions. First off the starting line were the five Class 40s, purpose-designed ocean racing yachts that are sailing with between two and four crew onboard, less than half what any other boat in the race is carrying.

The Class 40s are the smallest boats in the race but are likely to provide the most intense competition. The boats are very even in speed and are racing in a level class, which means the first boat across the finish line will win class honors.

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Transatlantic Race 2015 - Off and Running (First of Three Starts)

A fleet of 13 boats took off for England today from Newport, R.I.'s start of the Transatlantic Race 2015 - photo credit Daniel ForsterNEWPORT, R.I. (June 28, 2015) - An intense low-pressure system rolling up the Atlantic Coast put competitors and race officials on edge for the 48 hours leading up to the first start of the Transatlantic Race 2015, from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard off the southwest coast of England. Contingency plans were made by both groups, with the option of delaying the start for a few hours getting serious consideration. The storm passed through overnight, however, leaving behind excellent, albeit unseasonably cool, conditions and a favorable boost from the outgoing current and the run-off from Saturday night's heavy rain.

A baker's dozen of boats got underway in Start 1, crossing the starting line set off the Castle Hill Lighthouse at the entrance to Narragansett Bay's East Passage just after 2 p.m. Twenty-one boats will get underway on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 1, and the four fastest yachts in the race will make up the final start on Sunday, July 5.

The boats in Start 1 were fairly conservative on their approach to the line. This race, at 2,800-miles in length, is the ultimate ocean marathon; slow and steady is almost always the best mindset for the onset of such an adventure, which could take two weeks, or longer, to complete.

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