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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:

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.

Read more... [IMOCA 60s to test their new foils in Rolex Fastnet Race]
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.

Read more... [Cowes - Dinard St Malo Race - 173 Yachts Bound for St Malo]
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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Recent Volvo Ocean Race winner Ian Walker, double silver Olympic medalist gives his views on the upcoming Rolex Fastnet Race

Ian Walker - Photo - Ian Roman/Abu Dhabi Ocean RacingEnjoy the race everyone - Ian Walker

"I am sure it won't be long before I get back on a boat again. I nearly did the Rolex Fastnet this year but I managed to stop myself. I decided it was more important to have a family holiday," says Ian Walker after winning the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race after almost nine months of racing.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Walker has become the first British skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race. Ian is a long standing RORC member and competed in his first Fastnet Race in 1997.

"My first Fastnet Race was in a Mumm 36, the last race of the Admiral's Cup. I remember that for a lot of days I was sitting on the side of a very small boat getting very wet, but we won that race overall and on handicap, which was pretty cool. I did a very light race on the TP52, Patches and I think we led at the Rock (Fastnet), but by the time we got to the finish, we were pretty much last on handicap as the wind came in from behind to help the small boats.

"I have done two races on Volvo 70s and set the record in 2011 with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. That year it was quite a cool race, a slow start but it got really windy. From the Scilly Isles to the finish it was pretty much 30 knots and full-on reaching.

Read the full article on the Rolex Fastnet Race Minisite

Morgan Cup Race Report - Tonnerre Takes the Win

 at twilight during the 2015 Morgan Cup Race - photo Frank Gerber/Tonnerre 4Start: 1900 BST Friday 19th June 2015

Course: 125 nautical mile race from Eastern Solent to Guernsey

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the Guernsey Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron.

108 yachts crossed the start line for the 2015 Morgan Cup Race, the seventh race of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's season points championship. Although the race started at 7pm on Friday evening, due to the Summer Solstice, the fleet barely sailed more than a few hours in darkness. The gentle northerly wind, which eventually backed to the west, gave a spinnaker run for most of the 125 mile course. The majority of the fleet finished the race on Saturday afternoon, perfect timing to enjoy the hospitality of the Guernsey Yacht Club. Tide always plays a part in races to the Channel Islands and this year's Morgan Cup Race was no exception.

Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4, sailed by Frank Gerber, was the overall winner after IRC time correction, with British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered by Mikey Ferguson, taking Line Honours and second overall under IRC. Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret's French JPK 10.80, Dream Pearls was third overall.

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The Morgan Cup Race - Saturday Morning update

2015 Morgan Cup Race - Spinnakers at Dusk - photo Mike Jones - Hooligan VIIStart: 1900 BST Friday 19th June 2015

Course: 125 nautical mile race from Eastern Solent to Guernsey.

The RORC Season's Points Championship has once again produced a magnificent fleets of yachts with 112 yachts entered for the Morgan Cup Race, which started on Friday 19th June from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line bound for St. Peter Port, Guernsey. The huge variety of yachts includes high performance carbon fibre flyers, production yachts and classics form days gone by. The fleet was a tremendous sight as they raced east, out of the Solent, under spinnaker in a moderate north westerly breeze of less than 10 knots.

The wind was forecast to back to the west and as a result, after leaving the Solent, the majority of the fleet remained east of the rhumb line anticipating the shift but 12 hours into the race the wind shift has not materialised and remained from the northwest increasing in speed slightly during the night, affording the race fleet a spinnaker run across the English Channel.

At 0700, Saturday, 20 June

12 hours into the race, Mikey Ferguson's IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing was less than a mile from the finish in very light winds but a building fair tide. Peter Newlands' British First 40.7, Anticipation racing in IRC 2, was 30 miles from completing the 125-mile race, and the provisional race leader, after time correction under IRC. Noel Racine's French JPK 10.10, Foggy Dew, racing in IRC 4, was just a few miles astern of Anticipation. After IRC time correction, Foggy Dew was less than a minute behind the race leader. Eric Mordret's French JPK 10.80, Raphello was provisionally third overall, and leading IRC 3. Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 10.10, Raging Bee was the provisional leader of the IRC Two Handed Class.

The vast majority of the RORC fleet, competing in the Morgan Cup Race, is expected to finish by early this afternoon. A full report will follow after the race.

Morgan Cup 2015 - Tracking

2015 Morgan Cup - Tracking System Morgan Cup 2015 - Tracking

The tracking system for the Morgan Cup 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:

The Rolex Fastnet Race - The world’s largest, most diverse offshore race fleet

2013 Rolex Fastnet Race - The fleet leaving the Solent - Photo Rolex/Kurt ArrigoTwo months out from the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club has made public the latest entry list for its biennial 600 mile race from Cowes to Plymouth, via the Fastnet Rock, starting at noon on Sunday 16th August.
The entry list makes for impressive reading in terms of scale, diversity and quality of the fleet taking part, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race's position as the world's biggest and most popular offshore race by far.
As of today there are 387 boats entered with a further 74 on the waiting list. If all the boats currently entered were put bow to stern, the line from Cowes would stretch two thirds of the way across the Solent to the mainland (1635.75m).
The bulk of the fleet - 340 entries to be precise - are competing under IRC for the race's overall prize, the Fastnet Challenge Cup. With the two American maxis: Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark's 100ft Comanche and George David's Rambler 88, due to be the pace setters on the water, the IRC fleet will, in due course, be divided into classes and class sub-divisions.
The remaining 47 are not competing under IRC but represent some of the world's leading professional race boat classes. These include the latest generation foil-born IMOCA 60s, lining up for their first major event in the build-up to next year's Vendée Globe, plus a large and highly competitive fleet of Class40s. Then there is the 13 strong multihull class featuring Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's 40m long trimaran, Spindrift 2, the world's fastest offshore sailing yacht; in 2009 she covered 908.2 nm (ie 50% further than the Rolex Fastnet Race course) in 24 hours at an average speed of 37.84 knots and in 2011, as Banque Populaire V, set the Rolex Fastnet Race multihull record.
The average size of yacht competing in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race is 44.34ft (13.52m) with Spindrift 2 being the largest multihull, Comanche and Leopard the longest monohulls at 100ft and at the smallest end of the fleet, three 30ft yachts including Myles and Ashley Perrin's Capo 30 Santana from California.
In IRC rating terms, Comanche and Rambler 88 lead the charge with Time Correction Coefficients (TCC) of 1.973 and 1.869 respectively, while the slowest boat in the fleet is Tony Harwood's Nicholson 38, Volante, on 0.864 (the minimum permitted TCC this year is 0.850).
An impressive 52 entries are sailing two handed, up from 45 in 2013 when the race was won for the first time in its history by a two handed crew: French father and son, Pascal and Alexis Loison aboard their JPK 10.10, Night and Day.

To read the full story head to the Rolex Fastnet Race minisite

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