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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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De Guingand Bowl Race Course 2014

Royal Ocean Racing ClubAmendment No.1 to the Sailing Instructions - Amendment to the Course. A copy of the course can be downloaded below and guidance on the use of waypoints.

Amendment No.1 to the Sailing Instructions

Waypoint Guidance Document

 
De Guingand Bowl Race Preview

Noel Racine's Foggy Dew. Credit: Hamo ThornycraftThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the De Guingand Bowl Race, the fifth offshore race of the annual RORC offshore championship. The current entry list will see two well known teams returning from the Caribbean to join the RORC season, together with yachts already challenging for the championship and class honours.

The reigning RORC Season's Points Champion, Piet Vroon's Tonnerre de Breskens 3, will be returning to RORC racing later in the season as the Ker 46 is currently being shipped back from a highly successful Caribbean season. Nevertheless the regular Tonnerre crew, including Piet's son Carlo, will be racing this weekend on the Dutch Lutra 56, Formidable 3, a class winner of the 2006 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

"Tonnerre will be back!" smiled Carlo Vroon. "But in the meantime, we want to keep the team racing and we sailed Formidable from Breskens to Hamble last weekend to get her ready for the De Guingand Bowl Race. Formidable hasn't raced since 2008 but she is in good order and all of the crew are looking forward to getting back together again."

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North Sea Race: Team Brunel show their ability

Team Brunel, VOR65 at the start of the North Sea Race. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association and the Yacht Club Scheveningen.

A fleet of 52 yachts entered the 180-mile RORC North Sea Race, the fourth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship. Starting from Harwich on the East Coast of England, the line was blessed with a 15 knot easterly wind, providing a true beat to the first turning mark of the course. The breeze was to fade during the race which suited Volvo Ocean 65, Team Brunel. The Dutch team, skippered by Bouwe Bekking, took line honours and the overall win under IRC after time correction. Wouter Hermsen's Sydney GTS 43, Luctor 3 was second overall and winner of IRC One, and Harm Prins Volvo 60, Pleomax, was third and winner of IRC Zero.

Congratulations should also go to the winner of IRC Two, Ard Moerman's Bashford & Howison 36, Ace, and to Paul van der Pol's J/109, Yeti, which won IRC Three.

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Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014: RYA Team GBR - Commodores’ Cup trials conclude with announcement of teams

Cutting Edge on Baraka in Team GBR Red. Credit: Paul WyethThe RYA is delighted to announce that following the conclusion of its selection trials over the bank holiday weekend (24-26 May), four teams have been selected to represent RYA Team GBR at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014 in July, where Great Britain will aim to defend its 2012 title.

With RYA Team Scotland already announced in February, the RYA retained the potential to select up to three further teams. The remaining boats within the trials have looked to impress the RYA Selection Panel of Chris Mason, Chris Arscott and Jonathan Goring who have been on the water observing the boats and their crew work over a series of inshore and offshore events.

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North Sea Race: RORC Debut for Team Brunel

VO65 Team Brunel will be competing in the North Sea Race. Credit: Sander van der Borch Over 50 yachts from Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain and The Netherlands will contest the 180 mile race from Harwich, UK to Scheveningen, The Netherlands. The North Sea Race is the fourth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship and has a weighted points score of 1.2 towards the series points tally.

The hot favourite for Line Honours will be the Dutch Volvo Ocean 65, Team Brunel. Skippered by Bouwe Bekking, this will be the first occasion that one of the new one-design racing yachts has raced with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Three other Volvo Ocean 65 are already confirmed for the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race this August.

"Racing is always better than training," commented Bouwe Bekking. "There is always that little bit of extra adrenalin flowing through the crew, that little bit of edge that will keep the momentum going - racing is a really good way to prepare for a big event. We have now announced the whole team bar one extra person and the onboard reporter, so for the North Sea Race, the big part of the team will be together for the first time and we will continue our build up for the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts in October."

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Classic Myth of Malham

Vincent Willemart and Eric Van Campenhout's MC 34 Patton, Azawakh. Photo: Hamo Thornycroft yacht-photos.co.ukThe RORC Myth of Malham Race started from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line under grey skies and a south-westerly wind of ten knots. All 40 yachts got away to a good start with the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club's J/109, White Knight 7, and Christopher Palmer's J/109, J-T'Aime, judging the line close to perfection. In the second start Chris Radford's J/122, Relentless on Jellyfish, and Mark Emerson's Rodman 42, Phosphorus, also got away well. Ahead of the fleet was a beat of well over 100 miles to the Eddystone Rock and the somewhat gentle conditions at the start were later replaced by a strong breeze with foul tide causing a significant swell, especially on the first night near Poole Bay. However the fleet enjoyed a blistering run back to the Solent, with big breeze and warm sunshine providing wonderful conditions.

Vincent Willemart and Eric Van Campenhout's MC34, Azawakh had a tremendous race. The Belgian team of eight corrected out to win the Myth of Malham Cup and go to top of the leaderboard for the RORC Season's Points Championship. Two previous winners of the Myth of Malham Cup claimed second and third overall: Noel Racine's French JPK 10.10, Foggy Dew, was second and the clear winner in IRC Four. RORC Commodore Mike Greville's Ker 39, Erivale III, was third and the winner of IRC One.

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Myth of Malham Race Preview

Artemis Ocean Racing in the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comStart: Saturday 24th May 2014. First Warning Signal: 0950

The RORC Season's Points Championship continues this May Bank Holiday with the challenging 230-mile Myth of Malham Race. A fleet of approximately 40 yachts, from five different nations, will take part with 10 yachts racing in the Two-Handed Class. The race is of great significance in the RORC Season's Points Championship, as the route mirrors the start of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and has a weighted points factor for teams looking to increase their overall score for the season.

The course can be a described as a long windward leeward, starting from Cowes with the top mark as the Eddystone Lighthouse, approximately 12 miles SSW of Plymouth Sound, and finishing in the Solent. The lighthouse was built between 1878 and 1892 and is mentioned in Herman Melville's epic novel Moby-Dick. At 49 metres (161ft) high, Eddystone's light is visible from 22 miles and, along with Bishop Rock, it is the tallest lighthouse managed by Trinity House.

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