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World's Best heading to Antigua

Comanche at the start of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race - photo Rolex/Daniel ForsterOrganised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with Antigua Yacht Club
Start: Antigua, West Indies - Monday 22 February 2016
Course: Approx. 600nm non-stop around 11 Caribbean Islands

The glitterati of the sailing world will be in Antigua to compete in the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600. Well over 100 Olympians, World Champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors will join hundreds of passionate corinthian sailors for the exhilarating 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands.

Surfing on ocean swell in 20 knots of warm tradewinds, on a course resembling a Formula One race track, the RORC Caribbean 600 is hard to resist. A record fleet for the 8th edition is expected, with a 20% increase in pre-Christmas entries compared to last year, making a fleet of 80 yachts highly likely.

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Grenada announces support for 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race

Nikoyan Roberts, Grenada Tourism Authority and Michael Boyd, Commodore Royal Ocean Racing Club. Photo - RORC/Arthur DanielsThe third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start on 26th November 2016 from Marina Lanzarote to Port Louis Marina, Grenada.

The RORC Transatlantic Race was brought to a conclusion on Friday 18th December with a closing ceremony held at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. Competitors, guests and friends of the race enjoyed a Westerhall Rum Punch and Caribbean barbecue prepared by the staff of the Victory Restaurant at Port Louis.

RORC Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Warden Owen introduced RORC Commodore Michael Boyd who announced that the Grenada Tourism Authority had pledged their continued support for the RORC Transatlantic Race and that the third edition would start on 26th November 2016 from Marina Lanzarote and finish in Grenada, hosted by Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.

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RORC member seals 2015 Melges24 European Sailing Series

Miles Quinton and his Gill Race Team lifting the Melges24 European Sailing Series Trophy - photo Mauro Melandri ZerogradinordCongratulations to RORC member, Miles Quinton and his Gill Race Team who are currently second in the World Rankings, recently winning the Melges24 European Sailing Series.

"I have been a proud member of RORC for 23 years and after many years of sailing in RORC races for other owners, I decided to launch my own team in the Melges24 class in 2006. Now with support from our sponsors Gill, we have made a major breakthrough in winning the European Sailing Series which we led for most of the event and are ranked second in the world! It was a fantastic season on Gill Race Team as we retained our UK Nationals title, had a fifth place overall at the Worlds in Denmark and also won the Dutch Open in Medemblik," says Quinton.

"I thank my amazing team: Geoff Carveth, Nigel Young, Will Goldsmith and Catherine Alton, as well as our sponsors, Gill Marine for making it happen," continues Quinton. "The Melges24 is still the most competitive and exciting sports boat in sailing and we are looking forward to next season with the Europeans in Hyeres and then our next challenge is the Worlds in Miami at the end of 2016!"

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Inaugural IRC European Championship

2015-IRC-European-MB-with-KO-David-bRANNIGANThe first ever IRC European Championship will take place during Volvo Cork Week, 10-15th July 2016. The new event in the RORC Calender will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in the sailing grounds of Cork Harbour and the Atlantic Approaches. Volvo Cork Week is renowned for a variety of sailing conditions to test the competitors, and as an open event, entries for the championship are expected from all over the world.

The first edition of the RORC IRC National Championship took place in 2000, and has done so every year since. There are now seven IRC National Championships throughout the world, but up until now, there has been no continental event.

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Glittering Finale

2015 RFR-fleet-needles-aerial-kaCelebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, this year's RORC Annual Dinner & Prize Giving will take place later this month in the spectacular setting of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Prize winners, competitors, crews, members and guests will be out of their foul weather gear, spruced up for the black tie dinner and awards ceremony.

The 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship is the world's largest and arguably most competitive offshore yacht racing series. Over nine months, 13 races have been organised for 579 yachts, with over 3000 miles of racing in European and Caribbean locations. The RORC Annual Dinner & Prize Giving is the 'Oscars Ceremony' of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The sailors, the setting and the occasion will make for a truly memorable evening. Book your tickets here.

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Life in the Fast Lane

2015-Concise-10-Head-on-Mark-LloydCompetitors in the RORC Transatlantic Race, jointly organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association, are making their way to the start from Marina Lanzarote with many of the international fleet sailing thousands of miles to take part in the second edition of the race. However, just 10 days before the start, Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 was still in its home port of Hamble, UK, over 1,500 miles from the start line. For the RORC Transatlantic Race, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield will be taking on Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 Â in a high speed duel across the Atlantic.

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2015 Transatlantic Race Sailor Feature - Elin Haf Davies

2015-Elin-haf-davies-chris-frost-TRThe RORC Transatlantic Race, organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The International Maxi Association attracts a huge variety of competitors. Racing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Marina Lanzarote is a huge challenge. The fastest yachts may take less than a week to reach Port Louis Marina Grenada, but for one team,­ it is more likely to be three weeks at sea.

Elin Haf Davies and Chris Frost will be competing two-handed on J/120 Nunatak. Their campaign to race across the Atlantic started with eight races in the 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship, including the RORC Fastnet Race. Chris Frost is an experienced sailor, winning World and European Championships in his Swan at inshore regattas, but he has never sailed across the Atlantic before.

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RORC Members battle for Etchells World Title

2015 Etchells World Champions - Skip Dieball, Jon McLean and Jeff Eiber - Photo Etchell Worlds 2015/Guy NowellJon McClean has won the Etchells World Championship in Hong Kong having had a week long battle with RORC Rear Commodore Steve Benjamin which went right down to the wire of the last beat of the last race.

Jon McClean who hails from Anglesey but now resident in the US teamed up with sailmaker Skip Dieball and Jeff Eiber a few years ago with the aim of making a mark in the class. They had to cope with a wide variety of conditions including 25 knots and extreme 3m swell.

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Magnificent Fleet Set for 8th RORC Caribbean 600

six15-0014 Tim_Wright_Photoaction.comWith under four months until the start of the 8th race, the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 has already attracted an astounding collection of the world's finest offshore racing yachts. The strength of the fleet suggests that there will be intense competition for overall honours as well as record attempts for both monohull and multihull race records.

Shipping straight to the Caribbean from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will be Comanche, Jim & Kristy Hinze Clark's American 100ft VPLP/Verdier designed Maxi, which rightly claims to be the fastest monohull in the world for her 24-hour record run (2015 Transatlantic Race, 618.01 nm, averaging 25.75 knots). Comanche races with as many as 29 crew, led by Kenny Read, who was on board George David's Rambler 100 to set the RORC Caribbean 600 course record in 2011 (40 hours 20 mins 02 secs). Given the right conditions, Comanche is very capable of breaking Rambler 100's record.

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RORC drums up International competition for 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup

2016-comc-commodores-cup-michael-boyd-rupert-tyler-RTLast night at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's St James's clubhouse, the 2016 Commodores' Cup was formally launched, with the British investment management and financial planning company Brewin Dolphin continuing its sponsorship of the club's biennial flagship event for national three boat teams with amateur crews. The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup will next take place out of Cowes, Isle of Wight over 23rd-30th July 2016.

First Israeli team

Something of a surprise was the first team officially to enter the 2016 event being not one of the regulars - France, Ireland or the UK - but Israel. Alongside judo, sailing is Israel's top Olympic sport, but to date this hasn't extended to big boats.

In addition to the Israelis, and the four UK teams, France is expected to mount a strong entry, having not won the event since 2006. The defending champion, Ireland, is expected to return, plus at least one Dutch team and possibly another composite Benelux team. Hong Kong has shown interest and there remains the strong possibility of a team from Canada.

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