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Royal Ocean Racing Club and Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes agree merger

Royal Ocean Racing Club and Royal Corinthian Yacht ClubMembers of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes (RCYC) have confirmed that the two clubs will merge to form one club. At Extraordinary General Meetings of RCYC (held on 24th August) and RORC (held on 28th August) an overwhelming majority of members voted in favour of the merger; in the case of RORC 93% and in the case of RCYC (Cowes) 87% of members who voted.

"This is an important milestone in the history and development of the RORC, which celebrates its 90th year in 2015," explained RORC Commodore Mike Greville. "The proposal to combine the two clubs evolved from a shared vision about what they could create together, which neither could achieve alone. For RORC this gives a permanent base and clubhouse facility at the very heart of UK yachting and for RCYC this creates a strong club at the forefront of international yachting, which can support its development as a pre-eminent Solent club. We are very encouraged by the huge level of support which this proposal has generated from members of both clubs. "

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2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014

The 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is now over. The race has been record breaking with 5 World Records set and the winner under IRC Overall announced as Ker 51, Varuna. See a highlights video of the race here. Before the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, a Two-Handed team had never completed the 1800-mile course. However three teams from Ireland, Britain and Germany have now accomplished that magnificent achievement.

The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 started on Monday 11th August. The Prize Giving will take place on Tuesday 23rd September at the Royal Ocean Racing Club, 20 St. James's Place, London at 19.30.

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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: 11 Nations to Race Around Britain and Ireland

Muckle Flugga, the most northerly point of the courseOrganised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will start at noon Sunday 10th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The fleet will set off down the Solent to the east and turn west around the south side of the Isle of Wight. After that the course is simple: leave Ireland and Great Britain to starboard all the way to the northern tip of the Shetland Isles, a point known as Outer Stack just north of Muckle Flugga, then return down the eastern side of the UK back to where the race started in Cowes, a non-stop 1800 mile race. The fastest yachts may complete the course in under a week. For the slower yachts, nearly two weeks is more likely.

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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Tactics, Endurance, Achievement

The Cowes Yacht Haven bedecked with Sevenstar flags pre-event.Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is undoubtedly one of the toughest yacht races in the world. While other ocean races are longer, racing 1,800 miles around a coastline notorious for highly changeable weather and wicked tides and currents, puts the race amongst the most difficult to complete, let alone win. The 2014 entries include an amazing variety of yachts and sailors; exceptional people who come together as a team to attempt to climb one of offshore racing's biggest mountains.

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RORC Channel Race Report - Winsome Victorious

Winsome racing hard during the 2014 IRC National Championship - photo RORC/Paul WyethOne of the closest races of the RORC Season's Points Championship took place over the weekend with side by side battles right through the fleet of seven classes racing in the 10th fixture of the series. The race started on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, with the RORC fleet beating into a light southwesterly wind helped on by a positive tide. After leaving the Solent, the wind was enhanced by sea breeze, giving the fleet a tactical dead beat to a DZB buoy south of Anvil Point followed by a run to a virtual mark south of the Isle of Wight, before beating up to Poole. The course then took the competitors around the south of the Isle of Wight bringing them into the finish at Gilkicker via the Nab Tower.

Harry Heijst's S&S 41, Winsome was the overall winner, the Dutch team claiming their first winner's trophy of the 2014 season, as well as their first win in IRC Four. Winsome had a tremendous battle with Noel Racine's French JPK 10.10, Foggy Dew, taking the victory by just 2 minutes after 24 hours of racing.

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Ireland’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup Whitewash

Victory for Team Ireland: Anthony O'Leary left, Stephen Ford, Executive Director of Brewin Dolphin, Marc Glimcher, Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comIreland's three boat team, comprising Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix, Marc Glimcher's Ker 40 Catapult and Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling's Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8, today scored the most comprehensive victory in the 22 year history of the Commodores' Cup.

The Irish previously won the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for national teams with amateur crews in 2010, but were unable to defend in 2012. This year they returned with a vengeance finishing the regatta on 268 points, with an unprecedented lead of 173.5 points.

After a disappointing result in yesterday's race around the Isle of Wight, Ireland bounced back strongly in today's double points scoring inshore held on a round the cans course in the central Solent in a light northerly. Impressively the Irish boats claimed three of the top four places on corrected time. Antix put in a particularly powerful performance following the damage she sustained when she hit the rocks close to St Catherine's Point yesterday that bent the aft end of her keel and split the bottom 1ft of her rudder. Lifting the boat out in Cowes yesterday evening, her shore crew worked through the night to ensure she was ready for racing today.

"We were determined after yesterday's fiasco to finish stronger, which thankfully we did," said Anthony O'Leary. Today Antix led around the weather mark and ultimately claimed her third bullet of this Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup.

"The amount of work that all 31 people have put in over the last five or six months has been considerable," said O'Leary of the Irish team's victory. "We are very lucky that it all paid off in the end. There is a lot of experience with three boats and it gelled very well and there was great encouragement from one boat to the other. You don't often get a chance to sail as a team - which is the really good thing about this event."

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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014: The last shall be first and the first shall be last

The start of the second offshore race, the Round the Isle of Wight Race, from the RYS. Credit: Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.comThroughout this Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup the racing has been blessed with Mediterranean conditions - scorching temperatures and generally light to moderate winds. This has favoured the big boats which have cleaned up in the windward-leewards and Monday's offshore race. But today this all changed.

The Race Committee stuck to the schedule and sent the nine 3-boat teams on a course anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight. The start was at 09:30 BST from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, and the Blair family's King 40 Cobra in GBR Red and Jamie McGarry's Swan 45 Eala of Rhu in GBR Scotland were called OCS and had to return.

There were two schools of thought among the boats heading west down the Solent and it was the group closer to the mainland shore which prevailed, including the five `fast boats' - the three Ker 40s, the new A13, Teasing Machine, and Swan 45, Eala of Rhu, over the boats closer to the island shore. American Marc Glimcher's turboed Ker 40 Catapult pulled ahead on the water in the Solent leading around the South West Shingles buoy off the Needles.

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Brewin Dolphin Comodores' Cup 2014: Ireland do a 'horizon job' on Three Race Thursday

Antix and Cutting Edge on Day Five. Credit: Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.comIn contrast to the frustration of yesterday's two unfinished races, today three inshore races were successfully held at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, bringing the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for national teams with amateur crews back on schedule.

With five inshore races sailed Ireland has now established a solid lead of nearly 100 points, on 176 followed by GBR Red in second on 275.5 and with France Green and GBR Scotland jockeying for third place on 291.5 and 292.5 respectively. After today's second race just five points separated second from fifth place in the team rankings.

Principal Race Officer Stuart Childerley bravely set up a start line off Osborne Bay just to the east of Cowes for today's first windward-leeward race, sailed in a light northeasterly. Robert Lutener's Cutting Edge, sailing in GBR Red, nailed the start mid-line and found better pressure in the middle of the course to lead at the weather mark from American Marc Glimcher's Ker 40, Catapult, in the Irish team. In the light winds throughout the day it paid to be out in front in clear air and, in the first race, Cutting Edge managed to remain ahead of Catapult to win by 19 seconds on corrected with Eric de Turkheim's A13 Teasing Machine third for France Green.

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Channel Race Preview

Azawakh, formerly Courier Vintage, will be racing this weekend in the Channel RaceThe tenth race of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship will take place this weekend. Starting and finishing in the Solent, the race is expected to take over 24 hours. The weather forecast is for a light northerly breeze for the start, which may build as the race develops. High pressure is likely to cause the current heat wave to continue, providing fantastic conditions for the RORC fleet.

The battle in IRC Canting Keel continues with a head to head between the IMOCA 60, Artemis Team Endeavour, skippered by Mikey Ferguson and the Volvo 70, Monster Project, sailed by Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn. Artemis Team Endeavour took line honours and the class win in their last encounter but Monster Project still lead the class for the Season's Points Championship.

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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014: Unlucky Race Four

Cutting Edge crew enjoy a quick dip to cool down. Credit: Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.comDay four of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup was one Principal Race Officer Stuart Childerley and his team would prefer to forget.

With the best wind forecast for early morning, the 27 boats in nine teams started an hour early from a line off Peel Bank. The plan was for them to sail north to the North Ryde Middle mark and then east out of the Solent and into Hayling Bay onto a windward-leeward course.

Childerley recounted: "The boats started reaching out towards the Forts and there were a few big holes there and then six of the boats got to St Helens [mark in Hayling Bay]. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet was being affected badly by big holes in the wind, so we had a situation where probably over half of the fleet wouldn't have finished within the time limit. So we had to abandon that one."

There followed a long wait for the boats in the Solent to reach the new start area in Hayling Bay before a second attempt at race four of the series could be made - this time a windward-leeward in an offshore northeasterly breeze of 6-7 knots. Unfortunately as the boats were approaching the leeward mark the wind shifted hard right, by more than 90

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