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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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RORC IRC Nationals - a Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup warm-up

2015-irc-national-salvo-pwWith 61 yachts from seven nations, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's three day long IRC National Championship, starting tomorrow (Friday 24th June), will feature one of the strongest line-ups of recent years.In addition to the new high speed, adrenalin-fuelled box rule classes, the FAST 40+ and HP30, several competitors are using the IRC Nationals as a warm-up for next month's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup.

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France gunning for further 'roast beef' silverware

2016-c600-teasing-machine-twAfter another commanding performance in last year's Rolex Fastnet Race, France is lining up to claim further silverware from the Royal Ocean Racing Club's trophy cabinet - this time the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. A win for France would mark the tenth anniversary of their last victory in the RORC's biennial event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews, that this year takes place over 23-30th July.

Read the full article on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup minisite

Commodores’ Cup call up for six GBR teams

2016-vac-ino-andrew-palfreyTwo teams will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup in Cowes (23-30 July).

The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is a biennial team event organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), comprising inshore and offshore events over a seven day competition.

Teams comprise of three boats within the IRC rating 1.0 - 1.230, their combined points are added up as one to crown the overall winner. This is one of the only international events for national teams in big boats and was first held in 1992.

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Volvo Round Ireland Race - An astonishing race for the three MOD 70s

Musamdam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavigney - Photo LloydimagesMusandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet finishes the Volvo Round Ireland Race inside the World Record time he and the crew set in May 2015 (yet to be ratified by the WSSRC) and was almost immediately followed over the finishing line by Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3, co-skippered by Brian Thompson and Tony Lawson's Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield. After 704nm of offshore racing the 3 boats were just 6 minutes apart.

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Volvo Round Ireland Race Start – 1300 18th June 2016

The Monohull start in the 2016 Volvo Round Ireland Race - photo RORCThe Volvo Round Ireland Race started in 10 to 11 knots of southerly wind and a fair tide. The first fleet away were the 55 monohulls consisting of a vast mixture of boats and crews. From one of the fastest offshore race boats in the world, George David's Juan K designed Rambler 88 to Darryl Hughes's Shepherd 43' Classic, Maybird.

With the tide underneath the fleet at the start and the Committee vessel LE Aisling, at the port end of the line it was always going to get congested towards the committee boat end. It proved too much for a number of boats including Ian Hickey's Cavatina, previous Round Ireland Race winners, who were pushed over by the on rushing fleet. Happily the 3 boats who were over the line early returned and can now concentrate on the 704nm course.

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Preview: Volvo Round Ireland Race

2016-vrir-race-course-yb-trackingThe RORC Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the longest race of the thirteen race series, the Volvo Round Ireland Race. A record 64 yachts have entered with teams from ten different countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Oman, Switzerland and United States of America.

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Grand Prix Box Rule Classes to Compete at IRC Nationals

2016-cool-runnings-on-board-hp30-jochem-visserCream of the IRC fleet, from both the UK and abroad, will include several brand new race boats going head to head over 24-26th June at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship.The three day long regatta will include a mix of windward-leeward and round the cans courses on the Solent to determine the 2016 IRC National Champion.

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