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2016 IRC European Championship Hosted by the Royal Cork YC, County Cork, Ireland

RORC Commodore, MichaelBoyd presenting Paul Gibbons with the IRC European Championship Trophy - photo Tim WrightHome Win for Anchor Challenge

The inaugural IRC European Championship was hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht as part of Volvo Cork Week. 45 yachts took part from: England, Guernsey, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Wales. IRC Classes raced on a mixture of courses, including a long coastal race. Cork's weather was typical in so much as it provided a massive variation in conditions from day to day. From flat water, light airs and three knots of tide, to ocean swell and 25 knots squalls in the Atlantic Approaches. Yachts equally matched by the IRC Rating system,enjoyed a variety of courses and conditions, testing the all round ability of both crew and yacht.

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Laying down the gauntlet for the third RORC Transatlantic Race

2015-rtr-concise-phaedo-jmOrganised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the International Maxi Association and supported by Marina Lanzarote, Camper & Nicholsons Marina, Port Louis Grenada and Grenada Tourism Authority. Saturday 26th November 2016, Lanzarote to Grenada.

The third edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Transatlantic Race will start on Saturday 26 November 2016 and the line-up will include MOD70s and Maxi yachts vying for the prestigious IMA Transatlantic Trophy awarded to the line honours monohull winner.

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Leaders Emerge in the IRC European Championship

SThe IRC Eurpopean Championship Trophy - photo ingridabery.comeven of the ten races scheduled for the inaugural IRC European Championship have now been completed. Yachts equally matched by the IRC rating system, competitors have enjoyed a variety of courses, testing the all round ability of crew and their yachts. On Day Three, all of the IRC Classes were racing in the Atlantic Approaches on either the Windward Leeward or Slalom Course. The key to a top performance today was reacting to the squalls and shifts, emanating from the Old Head of Kinsale, sending a stream of pressure bullets down to Roches Point.

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Allez les Bleus

2016-st-malo-sfs-pwFrench teams dominated the 2016 RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race, with seven classes and the overall win going to French teams. Ironically it was the multihull class, for many years dominated by the French, that Great Britain had its only victory. Tony Lawson's British MOD70 Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield took multihull line honours in an elapsed time of 10 hours 32 minutes 50 seconds and was the winner after time correction.

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2016 Cowes-Dinard-St Malo: Tracking

AIS tracking for Cowes-Dinard-St Malo provided through YB trackingFollow the RORC Morgan Cup Race as the boats race from Cowes to Dieppe live on the YB Tracking's AIS Tracking.

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Preview: Cowes-Dinard-St.Malo Race

2015-nutmeg-solidaire-lognone-yvann-zeddaThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season Points Championship continues this weekend with 97 yachts competing for a magnificent trophy. Over 700 sailors will make up teams from France, Great Britain and the Netherlands including World record breakers, passionate Corinthians and young aspiring sailors.

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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Secret Eighth Team Revealed

2016-irc-nationals-shaitan-celtic-rtWith the deadline for entries into the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup now passed, eight three boat teams are set to contest the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for Corinthian crews, taking place out of Cowes over 23-30th July. Teams for the 13th Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, comprise three from Team France, two from Team GBR and others from Flanders North Sea and, for the first time, Israel.

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Surprise tie at RORC IRC National Championship

2016-ircn-joint-winners-yes-Dunkerque-rtThis year's IRC National Championship, the 14th since the Royal Ocean Racing Club launched its handicap rule in 2000, had the unusual distinction of joint winners in Adam Gosling's brand new JPK 10.80 Yes! (winner of IRC Two) and the French consortium-owned A35, Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre, (which topped IRC Three).

At the prizegiving Gosling thanked the RORC and the race committee; "It was pretty awesome racing considering the tricky conditions."

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Thunder and lightning - very, very frightening!

2016-ircn-intention-irc3-fleet.-rtWith micro-storms, intense, frequent deluges, thunder and lightning, conditions for day two of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship resembled an episode from the Old Testament; the Great Flood perhaps.

This made for a "very testing day," recounted Race Officer, Stuart Childerley. "It looked really good for half an hour, but then very quickly, shower cells developed, creating havoc."

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Greville shines on four race IRC Nationals start day

2016-ircn-ErivaleIII-rt61 crews competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship were eased gently into the regatta today initially with sub-10 knot conditions. However by the time the fourth and final race was held, the breeze had built to 20+ knots in the gusts. This, combined with a short, sharp chop kicked up by a building flood tide, led to numerous wipe-outs.

Concluding day one, Mike Greville's trusty Ker 39, Erivale in IRC One, holds the largest lead across the five classes. The former Commodore of the RORC ended the day seven points clear of Irish former Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup competitor Conor Phelan on his Ker 37, Jump Juice.

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