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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.

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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.

Read more... [RORC Channel Race - Preview]
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.

Read more... [RORC IRC National Championship Final Report - Fabulous Finale]
IRC National Championship Day Two - A Tricky Day in the Solent

IRC One line up for the start - photo RORC/Paul WyethAfter the opening day's wild west show, the serene Eastern and Central Solent was chosen as the combat zone for the second day of the RORC IRC National Championship. Blessed with sparkling conditions and a gentle southerly breeze, racing got away on schedule in a light southwesterly breeze. However, all that glitters isn't gold and during the course of the day the light shifty breeze oscillated a full 50 degrees, which combined with a spring tide to provide a complex and ever changing conundrum for the competitors. Although one race start was abandoned, all three scheduled races were completed for all classes.

Read more... [IRC National Championship Day Two - A Tricky Day in the Solent]
RORC IRC National Championship - Day One - A Lively Start

Tonnerre 4 enjoying the breezy conditions in the Western Solent - photo RORC/Paul WyethWith the southwesterly wind gusting over 25 knots, the 12th edition of the RORC IRC National Championship kicked off with three lively races in the Western Solent. There was little in the way of commercial shipping and pleasure craft, as the 45-strong fleet revelled in the huge expanse of open race track. Principal Race Officer, Stuart Childerley selected a mixture of tight round the cans racing and technical windward leeward courses, testing the mettle of the international fleet.

Piet Vroon's Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 leads the class scoring two bullets and a third. Michael Bartholomew's GP42, Tokoloshe II was in the hunt, equalling Tonnerre's score going into the last race. However, Tokoloshe II was too eager to start Race 3 and had to go back to start correctly. Sir Keith Mills' Ker 40+ Invictus, taking part in their first inshore regatta, is in third position just a point ahead of Anthony O'Leary's Ker 40, Antix.

Read more... [RORC IRC National Championship - Day One - A Lively Start]
Video: More finishers in the Transatlantic Race

The IRC National Championship - Set for a Mighty Battle

Anthony O'Leary's Irish Ker 40, Antix - photo RORC/Paul WyethThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship kicks off this weekend with the hottest racing fleet since six TP52s took part in 2008. The inshore regatta features three days of intense racing on tight Solent courses, with top competition from Belgium, Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Right through the 46 yacht fleet, there are National, European, World and Olympic medalists racing.

At least 13 yachts will contest IRC One, including a bevy of downwind flyers. Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 will have multiple world champion, Jeremy Robinson as tactician and Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Paul Wilcox on the helm. The brand new one-off design, Spectre, built by Persico in Milan and designed by Mani Frers, is led by two-time Olympic Silver medalist, Nick Rogers and includes America's Cup sailor, Jeremy Elliott amongst the crew. Christoph Avenarius and Gorm Gondesen German Ker 46, Shakti will have a young all-German crew.

Reigning IRC National Champion, Antix, returns from Ireland with a new boat. Ireland's Captain for the victorious Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup team, Anthony O'Leary, will be at the helm of the turboed Ker 40, Antix, which blew away the opposition at this year's RORC Easter Challenge. IRC One features a significant number of yachts capable of planing at ballistic speeds downwind; Carkeek 40 Rebellion, GP42 Tokoloshe II, HH 42 Oystercatcher XXX, three Ker 40s: Antix, Hooligan VII and Baraka and Sir Keith Mills' Ker 40+, Invictus.

Read more... [The IRC National Championship - Set for a Mighty Battle]
First Finishers in the Transatlantic Race 2015 arrive in Cowes

Record Breaking Run to St Malo

Mike Slade's Leopard begins their record run to St Malo - photo Mark LloydWith two new race records and the largest RORC fleet for nearly two years, the Cowes Dinard-St Malo Race was nothing short of sensational. Tony Lawson's British MOD 70, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, completed the 151 mile course in an elapsed time of 9 hours 12 minutes and 35 seconds, setting a new multihull race record. Mike Slade's 100ft Maxi, Leopard celebrated an emphatic destruction of the monohull record, bettering the time set by Leopard in 2008 by over two hours. François Lognoné's MC 34, Nutmeg Solidaire En Peloton was the overall winner, scoring the best corrected time under IRC in a magnificent fleet.

Read more... [Record Breaking Run to St Malo]
Cowes Dinard St Malo Race - New Records

Concise 10 setting a new course record for the RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race - photo Mark LloydConcise 10 - New Multihull Course Record

Tony Lawson's new MOD70 Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield crossed the finish line of the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race at 18:12:35 (BST) setting a new course record of 9 hours 12 minutes and 35 seconds.

Leopard - New Monohull Course Record

Mike Slade's Farr 100 Leopard smashes her previous record by over two hours to take it down less than 12 hours for the 151nm course. Finishing at 21:37:53 (BST) Leopard's new record is 11 hours 57 minutes and 53 seconds.Mike Slade's Farr 100, Leopard on route to a new course record in the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race - photo Mark Lloyd

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