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IRC Double Handed National Championship - Preview

Double-Handed under Spinnaker during the Royal Southampton Spring Double - photo RSYCOrganised by the Royal Southampton YC, in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The second edition of the IRC Double Handed National Championship will take place in the Solent, this weekend. A huge variety of keelboats have entered with about 40 teams taking part. Three races are scheduled with no discard. The variety of courses are designed to test all the elements of Double Handed racing with a laid marks course, a round the cans race and a long passage race.

Last year's IRC Class 1winner, Paul Griffiths' J/109 Jagerbomb will be defending their title and Paul will be once again be sailing with his son Mark. Jagerbomb has been competing in the Two Handed class for this year's RORC Season's Points Championship, including the Rolex Fastnet Race.

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Marina Lanzarote announced as host for the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race

2015-rtr-Jose-Juan-Calero-Eddie-Warden-Owen-James-MitchellThe exciting addition of two MOD 70s in the second running of the RORC Transatlantic Race has led to the decision to move the start location to Puerto Calero's sister facility Marina Lanzarote which is conveniently located in the island's capital Arrecife. The brand new Marina Lanzarote will host the start of the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday 28 November.

The two MOD 70's, Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo³ and Tony Lawson's Concise 10 will use the RORC Transatlantic Race to continue a rivalry they started during the Rolex Fastnet Race this summer and will continue into the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2016.

Marina Lanzarote is situated in a natural harbour in front of the city of Arrecife and whilst not yet a year old, has already hosted the prestigious Panerai Transat Classique and is due to welcome the Mini Transat fleet early this autumn. On a stretch of coast punctuated by 17th century forts, the site is historically attractive and a popular local venue due to the eclectic choice of restaurants and bars. The contrasting clean and modern design includes an ample shipyard with an 820-tonne travel hoist.

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Cherbourg Race - Hatrick for Tonnerre 4

Tonnerre 4 leaving the Solent at the start of the 2015 Cowes Dinard St Malo RaceThe penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points championship produced a dramatic finale to the club's domestic season. Whilst the overall and class winners will not be finalised until after next month's Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Cherbourg race all but sealed victory for the seven classes racing under IRC for the season. Géry Trentesaux's JPK 10.80, Courrier Du Leon is the overall leader with just one race to go.

Piet Vroon's Ker 53, Tonnerre 4 scored a hatrick of victories in the Cherbourg Race, taking just 6 hours 18 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the 75 nautical mile course, Tonnerre 4 took Line Honours, the overall win under IRC and IRC Zero. The flying Dutchman was over the moon about the victory, which confirmed Tonnerre 4 as the class winner for IRC Zero for the championship.

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RORC Cherbourg Race - They Think it's all Over....

Mike Greville's Erivale III is leading IRC Three of the 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship - photo Rick TomlinsonAfter a record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2015 RORC Season's Point Championship continues this weekend with the ever popular Cherbourg Race. 60 yachts have entered, and for nearly all of them, this will be the last race of the championship. Although the Rolex Middle Sea Race is actually the final race. the overall and class winners of the 2015 RORC Season's Point Championship are likely to be decided this weekend.

Weather forecasts are predicting a light to medium northerly gradient wind, which should prove ideal conditions for Mikey Ferguson's IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing to take Line Honours, however, Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 could also be the first yacht to reach Cherbourg.

Following their magnificent victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race, Géry Trentesaux's JPK 10.80 Courrier Du Leon, is the overall leader for the RORC Season's Point Championship but victory for the season is still not decided. Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 10.10, Raging Bee, which is being campaigned Two Handed, is less than 33 points behind Courrier Du Leon, and capable of winning the overall prize.

For the RORC Season's Points Championship, class results are decided by the yachts top five races for the season. The Cherbourg Race represents the last chance for many to improve their points total to claim the podium positions for the class; two classes winners are very much in the balance.

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2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

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See all the news and results from the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race here.

Video - Preview of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

Preview of the 90th anniversary edition of the race Rolex presents the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. With 90 years of history, the race has become a legend in international sport. Will it be a true test of human endeavour once again this year?

Watch the video on the Rolex Fastnet Race Minisite

Teasing Machine Wins the RORC Channel Race

Eric De Turkheim's French A13, Teasing Maching winner of the RORC Channel Race 2015Despite a light and shifty forecast, the Royal Ocean Racing Club provided a cracking race for a magnificent fleet of 87 yachts taking part in the Channel Race. Effectively the 130 nautical mile course featured two windward leeward sections. The course took the fleet from the Squadron Line upwind into the Western Solent and up to the DZB Buoy off Anvil Point. The second leg was downwind, south of St Catherine's Point, past Owers and onto the Rampion Met Mast. The fleet then raced upwind, back to Owers, before a tight reach past Horse Sand Fort and a finish in the Eastern Solent at Darling Associates Buoy. During the race, the wind speed varied from zephyrs up to 20 knots, producing a tactical race, where sail choice, manoeuvres, trimming and driving skills, were the keys to optimum performance. Class leaders and the overall lead changed hands on many occasions during the race with yachts enjoying skirmishes right through the IRC and Class 40 fleet.

Tony Lawson was on board his British MOD 70, Concise 10, taking Line Honours for the Multihull Class and completing the course in just over nine hours, hitting a staggering top speed of 37 knots. In IRC Canting Keel, Mikey Ferguson's British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, had a full on 15-hour match race with Andy Budgen's British Volvo 70, Monster Project. Artemis Ocean Racing finished just over seven minutes ahead of Monster Project to win after time correction by just six seconds.

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Channel Race 2015 - Tracking

Channel Race TrackingChannel Race 2015 - Tracking

The tracking system for the Channel Race 2015 is now available. Please note: that we are not using individual YB Trackers; this experimental tracking uses AIS transmissions from the boats and therefore is only as good as the boats AIS installations and the the other linitations of AIS, including transmission range.

Click here to open the Race Player Application.

Lightweight options (Text-only or HTML leaderboard, Expedition/Maxsea format)

For slow or mobile connections, there are a range of lightweight options available here:

RORC Channel Race - Preview

Steven Anderson's Corby 40, Cracklin Rosie - Photo Paul WyethSaturday 1st August 2015 - First Warning Signal 0950(BST)

Course 100 - 140nm Cowes - Around Marks - Solent Finish

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the Channel Race, the tenth race of the series, and the last RORC race before the Rolex Fastnet Race. 92 yachts are expected, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, around marks in the English Channel, with a Solent finish.

Andrew Budgen's Volvo 70, Monster Project and Mikey Ferguson's IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing are favourites for monohull Line Honours. HoweveTony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 - photo Mark Lloydr, neither of these canting keel flyers is likely to keep up with one of the world's fastest multihulls. Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 is skippered by RORC member, Ned Collier Wakefield.

18 yachts will be racing in a highly competitive IRC One division including the 2015 season's top three contenders for the class; RORC Vice Commodore Steven Anderson's Cracklin Rosie, David Ballantyne's Jings and Edward Broadway's Hooligan VII.

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RORC IRC National Championship Final Report - Fabulous Finale

Salvo on her way to victory in the IRC National Championship - photo RORC/Paul WyethThe final day of the RORC IRC National Championship was blessed with phenomenal racing conditions which the RORC Race Team, led by Stuart Childerley, used to great effect. Three races were held in the Central and Eastern Solent with a solid southwesterly wind ranging from 12-20 knots and brilliant sunshine. The three classes racing under the IRC rule enjoyed thrilling action on two quick-fire windward leeward courses followed by a dramatic reaching start to the final race, in which the overall championship winner was decided by a single point.

Peter Morton's JND 35, Salvo scored a 2-1-1 on the final day to win IRC Three and the prize of overall IRC National Champion. All of the Salvo crew, including Peter Morton work in the sailing industry in Hampshire but none of them are professional racers. The core of the crew have been together for over a decade and despite winning class at the championship in the past, this is the first time Peter Morton has skippered his team to the national title. Second overall, winning the Jackdaw Trophy was Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4.

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