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British Soldier & Ichi Ban star at the RORC Oscars

2018 RORC Season's Points Championship Winner: British Soldier, X41, Army Sailing Association (Jazz Trophy for IRC Overall + Best British Services Yacht & Best Series Produced Yacht ) © Mags Hudgell/RORC

Whitehall, London, November 17, 2018 - The 2018 Royal Ocean Racing Club Annual Dinner and Prize Giving was held at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, with over 200 guests attending the spectacular black tie event and where prize winners, competitors, crews, RORC members and guests celebrated the year’s achievements with the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

After a champagne reception, the dinner and prize giving was held in the theatre-style Gladstone Library. The Grade I listed hotel overlooking the Thames has strong links to the British Military and Gladstone has a fortuitous link to the 2018 Yacht of the Year. Every prize winner was roundly applauded as they took centre stage at the glamorous event. There was a huge ovation for the overall winner of the 2018 RORC Season's Points Championship, British Soldier, and for the RORC Yacht of the Year, Ichi Ban.

Celebrating the year's achievements at the RORC Annual Dinner & Prizegiving in London  © Mags Hudgell/RORCCelebrating the year's achievements at the RORC Annual Dinner & Prizegiving in London © Mags Hudgell/RORC

Winning the Jazz Trophy for first overall in IRC was the Army Sailing Association's X-41 British Soldier, the first Armed Services team to win the championship since it was established in 1999. British Soldier took part in 11 races, winning the championship in the very last race, with crew members ranging from Private soldiers, through Sergeants, right up to Colonel. Five different skippers were in charge during the campaign: Andrew Britton, Will Naylor, Phil Caswell, Paul Macro and Donall Ryan.

Andrew Britton commented: “It’s been a fantastic privilege to run the Army’s campaign for the last two years and we’ve really seen our team go from strength to strength in that time. Our X-41 has surpassed our high expectations and we have got her going pretty well now. Our people are our greatest asset though, and the team spirit, commitment and resilience has been amazing. We wanted to really go for it this year and worked hard to achieve a consistent series of podium finishes. I knew we had a chance overall with the Middle Sea Race and am thrilled it went to the wire like that. This win means so much, not just for the team, but for sport in the Services as a whole.”

The Army Sailing Association's X41 British Soldier announced as the 2018 RORC Season's Points Championship winners © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com The Army Sailing Association's X41 British Soldier announced as the 2018 RORC Season's Points Championship winners © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Major Will Naylor & Major Phil Caswell also won the Keith Ludlow Trophy for Navigation of the IRC Overall Yacht © Mags Hudgell/RORC

The 2018 RORC Yacht of the Year, winning the Somerset Memorial Trophy was Matt Allen's Ichi Ban. Matt's Australian team won the Brisbane to Gladstone Race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, and the Sydney Gold Coast Race. Ichi Ban's series of results, in the three major Ocean races in Australia, has never been matched.

Yacht of the Year - Winner of the 2017 Brisbane to Gladstone Race, the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 2018 Brisbane Gladstone Race and 2nd in the 2018 Sydney Gold Coast Race. This series of results in the three major Ocean races in Australia has never been matched. © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi Yacht of the Year - Winner of the 2017 Brisbane to Gladstone Race, the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 2018 Brisbane Gladstone Race and 2nd in the 2018 Sydney Gold Coast Race. This series of results in the three major Ocean races in Australia has never been matched. © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

“On behalf of the whole crew of Ichi Ban, we are absolutely thrilled to win RORC Yacht of the Year,” commented Matt Allen. “It is a great thrill for us, especially from the other side of the world. I really want to thank the panel for voting for us and thank you to the RORC for thinking so internationally, as you have always done over many decades. The RORC boat Rani was the instigator of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race back in 1945.”

After the Prize Giving, guests partied until the early hours with a live set from the Milo Max Band courtesy of RORC partner Sevenstar Yacht Transport. Fastnet Marine Insurance also supported the event, as they have done for the last 10 years, and this year William Grant & Sons Distillers continued to provide every guest with gifts on the night.

The 20th edition of the RORC Season's Points Championship will start on 24th November 2018 with the RORC Transatlantic Race. The 2019 championship will consist of 14 races including the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race, starting on 3rd August 2019. For more information: www.rorc.org

List of Prize Winners here

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