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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014: Team GBR Returning Defenders

Cobra, King 40 owned by father and son Mike and Seb Blair. and returning entrant from 2012. Credit: Rick TomlinsonBritain returns to the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup as the defending champion following the victory of GBR Red in 2012. Like the French the home nation will be fielding four teams, including a team from Scotland, when racing gets underway this Sunday 20th July in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial week long regatta for amateur national three boat teams.

Compared to previous years the form of the 2014 British teams is harder to judge with many first time competitors. In fact, of the 12 boats, only two competed in 2012. Father and son team, Michael and Seb Blair, are returning with their King 40, Cobra, in GBR Red and David Aisher's J/109, Yeoman of Wight, is back in GBR Blue. One reason for this is due to many boats changing hands - all three of the 2012 GBR Red line-up are in new ownership. However Jonathan Goring, owner of GBR Red's winning Ker 40 Keronimo in 2012, has returned as a Team GBR selector.

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RORC Ladies Victorious

2014 RYS_Inter_Club_Regatta_RORC_Ladies_TeamCongratulations to the RORC Ladies Team who finished in First Place at the Royal Yacht Squadron Inter Club Sailing Regatta in Cowes on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July 2014.

They did spectacularly well and you can read a report of the event from Helm/Team Captain and RORC Member Laetitia Mason below;

The Royal Yacht Squadron invited various yacht clubs from around London and the South Coast to participate in the first of its kind, all women, 2 boat team racing. Upon invitation, I jumped at the chance to pull together a team of girls with (and some without) team racing experience for what seemed to be a fun event. The RYS is opening its doors to women members and alongside that, all women events as well.

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Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race Report

Nils Boyer presented with the King Edward VII trophyThe overall winner of the race, under IRC, was Eric Gicquel's J/133, Black Jack, skippered by Nils Boyer. François Lognoné's J/122, Nutmeg - Sparkling Charter, also from St.Malo, was second with Bruno James' Sunfast 3200, Le MC Do De Cherbourg, third overall and winner of the Two-Handed Class.

Nils Boyer, Black Jack's skipper, was born in St.Malo and, under the pupilage of Franck-Yves Escoffier, is one of the rising stars in French solo sailing. Nils Boyer's goal is to participate in the Route Du Rhum and his dream is to win the transatlantic race that starts from his home town of St.Malo. Nils Boyer will be racing across the Atlantic this November in L'eau de là, from St.Malo to Guadeloupe, West Indies.

"Winning the Cowes-Dinard-St.Malo is magical," smiled Nils. "Black Jack is a young team all from the Sociéte Nautique de la Baie de St Malo and the champagne will be flowing with all our family and friends tonight. I have been part of teams that have won a class in the race on four occasions but this is the first time that I have won the trophy overall. L'eau de là is an association of young sailors, 16-20 years of age, and to win this prestigious trophy in our home town is fantastic".

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Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup: Is Ireland the favourite for 2014?

Marc Glimcher's Catapult. Credit: Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.comHaving won the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup in 2010, Ireland was unable to mount a campaign to defend its title in 2012, but this year they are returning to Cowes for the RORC's biennial regatta for amateur national three boat teams, over 19th-26th July, with one of the strongest line-ups taking part.

In recent years, while France and Britain have entered large numbers of boats into the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, Ireland's efforts have been notable for achieving top results but with a smaller but more powerful line-up. In 2006 they fielded three teams with Ireland Green coming home second to the French while, in 2008, Ireland was favourite going into the regatta but its two teams ended up second and third to GBR Red. Finally in 2010 it was third time lucky. The single Irish team dominated the regatta, finishing well ahead of Hong Kong and France.

This year's line-up continues this theme, with former Vice Commodore of the RORC Anthony O'Leary resuming his duties as Irish team leader and skipper of his Ker 39, Antix. The Irish `big boat' is American Marc Glimcher's turbo charged Ker 40, Catapult, while making up the trio is a former IRC Nationals winner, Peter Rutter's Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8, chartered for the occasion by Niall Dowling and present RORC Vice Commodore Michael Boyd.

Read the full article on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup minisite

 
Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race Preview

Monster Project, Andy Budgen's Volvo 70The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with close to 80 yachts competing in the Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race. Teams from Belgium, France, Great Britain and The Netherlands will race across the English Channel to the famous walled port of St Malo in Brittany, France. The 175 mile race pre-dates the Royal Ocean Racing Club by almost 20 years, with the overall winner awarded the impressive, gold plated, King Edward VII Cup, which was first presented by the British monarch to the Club Nautique de la Rance at Dinard in 1906.

Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's Volvo 70, Monster Project, was in fine form during last month's Round Ireland Yacht Race, taking Line Honours and the win in IRC Canting Keel. Monster Project is favourite to be the first monohull to finish in St Malo although the IMOCA 60, Artemis Team Endeavour skippered by Mikey Ferguson, is also very capable of taking the gun.

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RORC Transatlantic Race: New Trophies for the New Race

RORC Transatlantic Trophy. Credit: RORC/onEditionPolishing up the silver

Departing from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, the first yacht to complete the course and cross the finish line, 2,800 miles later in Grenada, will be presented with an exquisite sterling silver trophy by the International Maxi Association (IMA).

An equally impressive trophy has been sought for the Overall Winner in IRC by the RORC and John Bowles, a specialist in sporting trophies, certainly came up trumps. The race may be new to the club's offshore racing calendar, but the magnificent antique sterling silver trophy is far from it.

Handmade in London in1928 by John Parkes during the heyday of craftsmanship for such trophies, the RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 winner will be privileged to accept the 104 troy-ounce trophy that is beautifully chased with intricate decoration.

Read the full article here [RORC Transatlantic Race: New Trophies for the New Race]

 
Morgan Cup Race: Apollo Over the Moon

Nigel Passmore's Apollo 7 at the finish of the RORC Morgan Cup Race - photo Jonathan NicholsThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's Morgan Cup Race took the fleet from Cowes, east out the Solent, along the southside of the Isle of Wight and the southwest coast of England to Dartmouth and it proved to be a tough test. To make the finish, a 110-mile beat, required determination, even tenacity. After the fleet received their finishing times, corrected under IRC, the results made several significant changes to the standings for the RORC Season's Points Championship, including the overall lead.

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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014: Nine teams

Eala of Rhu, approaching the Needles during the Round the Island of Wight Race. Credit: Sportography.tvWith the entry list now closed, nine teams have confirmed their participation in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, taking place out of Cowes over Saturday 19 July until Saturday 26 July.

This year the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for national teams with amateur crews has two more teams than when the event was last held in 2012. This is thanks to France and Great Britain both fielding four teams, each comprising three boats.

The teams feature many previous Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup participants, particularly in the French line-up, where they are keen to emulate the success of the campaign led by Géry Trentesaux in 2006.

"The French have come back with vengeance - they have got severe strength and depth, which is going to be an interesting problem for everyone else," advises CEO of the RORC, Eddie Warden Owen. "They are taking it seriously. The crews are all friends and I think they will be a severe handful for the rest of the teams."

Read the complete article on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup minisite [Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014: Nine teams]

 
Half Way for the RORC Season’s Points Championship

Nigel Passmore's J/133, Apollo 7, in the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. Photo: Tim Wright photoaction.comThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship reaches the half way stage with a double-header of RORC racing starting this weekend. The Morgan Cup Race starts on Friday 27th June from Cowes bound for Dartmouth, a new destination for the 2014 season. Meanwhile the 704-mile Round Ireland Race, starting and finishing in Wicklow, commences on Saturday 28th June.

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35 yachts set to compete in this year’s Round Ireland Yacht Race

Inis Mor, winner of the Round Ireland Yacht Race 2012. Credit: David BraniganTo date, 35 yachts from France, England, Wales, the Isle of Man and of course the host country are set to compete in the 18th Round Ireland Yacht Race. Approximately half the boats are from Ireland and the remainder from further afield. This reflects the trend in recent races. The Round Ireland is scheduled to start in just over a week at 2.00 pm on Saturday 28th June.

There are 3 class CK (canting keel) yachts and one class Z yacht lined up to keep each other company as they race around Ireland: Monster Project (Volvo 70) entered by David Ryan, local Wicklow Sailing Club member, Libertalia (Volvo Open 60) from Team Jolokia in Lorient, Newstalk for Adrenalin (Farr 60) from National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and Voodoo Kilcullen (Open 60), also from Dun Laoghaire, Royal Irish and National YC. In Class 1, Laurent Gouy is back once again in Inis Mór a Ker 39, this time to defend his overall win last time out in 2012.

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