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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."

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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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IRC National Championship: Antix in the Ninth

Anthony O'Leary and the crew of Antix celebrate winning the IRC National Championship Trophy. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comThe most sensational finish in the 13-year history of the RORC IRC National Championship played out in the central Solent. In the tightly packed combat zone, the prize of overall national champion was decided in the ninth and final race of the series. Three yachts swapped the overall lead during the last three races. Keeping in clear air and playing the shifts were the big factors towards a top performance but maintaining concentration, in an adrenalin packed final day, was just all important.

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Changing Game: Day Two IRC National Championship

IRC Two and Three start during day 2 of the IRC National Championship. Credit: Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.comThe Eastern Solent provided a fascinating combat zone for the second day of racing for the RORC IRC National Championship. A fickle northerly breeze at the start provided shifty conditions before clocking east and building to a solid 15 knots of pressure. During the final race a massive rain squall brought a short sharp intensity to the final race with over 20 knots of wind and driving rain, testing the endurance of the teams. The second day of the championship was full of incident and intense boat-on-boat action. The teams that handled their yachts well, in close quarters and rapidly changing conditions, were the outstanding performers of the day.

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Seconds Count in the Western Solent

Day 1 of the 2014 IRC National Championship. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comThe hottest day in the UK this year caused a delay to the start of the RORC IRC National Championship but it was well worth the wait. Once a sea breeze had fully developed in the Western Solent, three races were completed: two windward leewards, followed by a round the buoys race back to the central Solent. The stable westerly breeze of 10 knots lasted all afternoon, building for the last race, to give a late but great finish to the first day of action for the RORC fleet. The boat-on-boat action was intense with a wall of boats arriving in unison at mark roundings and results decided by seconds. The Western Solent is famed for its tidal race and with Spring Tides in force, the effects were accentuated. Reading the tide today was a crucial factor towards performance.

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Top Class Turn Out: 2014 IRC National Championship

Returning yachts for the IRC National Championship. Credit: Paul WyethFor over a decade, the RORC IRC National Championship has produced arguably the most competitive IRC Championship in the world and the 13th edition of the annual event is set be an absolute cracker. The open event features yachts from six different countries, crewed by 400 sailors from all over the world. Bolstered by nine yachts competing for the 2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the international fleet, of nearly 50 yachts, is set for an intense three-day battle on tight Solent courses.

Hair-raising action is very likely in IRC One with two GP42s spearheading the charge: Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe and Mark Lloyd's Problem Child. The all-carbon fliers are at the top of the rating band and will need to take line honours from an extraordinary chasing pack to be in with a chance to win on corrected time.

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Serious French turn-out for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup

Bernard Gouy's Ker 39, Inis Mor. France Blue. Photo: Sailing DB/D BraniganHaving fielded just one team for the last event in 2012, France is back with a vengeance for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup this July.

Since Géry Trentesaux's French team stole victory from the powerful Irish in 2006, France has never finished better than third, but this year they intend to put this right. And to give some idea of what the British and Irish teams will be potentially up against you don't have to look much further than the results from last year's Rolex Fastnet Race, where an incredible 12 of the top 14 finishers were our cousins across 'La Manche'.

To make the point, France is equalling the British line-up, bringing four teams to Cowes over 19-26th July for this year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup.

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De Guingand Bowl: Home win for Cracklin' Rosie

Steven Anderson's Corby 40, Cracklin' Rosie, winner of the De Guingand Bowl. Credit: Hamo ThornycraftOrganised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the De Guingand Bowl Race was the fifth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship and featured teams from five different European nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Starting and finishing in the Solent, the flexi-course used virtual marks in the English Channel to produce a course that tested the tactical awareness of the fleet, especially in the light airs close to dusk on the south side of the Isle of Wight.

While Piet Vroon's Dutch Lutra 56, Formidable 3, took line honours for the race and IRC Zero it was three British yachts racing in IRC One who dominated the podium for the overall result. Cracklin' Rosie, Steven Anderson's Corby 40, was the winner overall and in IRC One, and the Solent based team was delighted with their second win of the season. RORC Commodore Mike Greville racing his Ker 39, Erivale III, was second overall and Mark Emerson's Rodman 42, Phosphorus, third.

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