Royal Ocean Racing Club Ltd.
20 St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NN | +44 (0) 20 7493 2248

Simply the best

Overall winner of the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra © Paul Wyeth

Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is the overall winner of the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Pata Negra scored the best corrected time for yachts racing under the IRC Rating Rule for the 1,805 nautical mile non-stop race.

"To win this race overall is amazing, my greatest racing achievement to date without a doubt. It is a phenomenally interesting race, the conditions change all the time and it is a lot tougher than a transatlantic. It is full-on the whole way round and that increases the level of satisfaction when you do well. I hope that this edition of the race will encourage more people to do it. It is a real challenge and a local race for British boats, a fantastic test of yachting ability," commented Redpath.

"My greatest racing achievement to date," Giles Redpath on winning the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © Rick Tomlinson "My greatest racing achievement to date," Giles Redpath on winning the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © Rick Tomlinson

"We had very close racing; we even called starboard on Colombre XL (The Lost Boys) after 1,600 miles of racing and we had a very nice beer with them in the bar afterwards. The Figaro (El Velosolex SL Energies Group) sailed a great race. It says a lot about IRC that you can be racing a boat that is 24 hours behind you, but it's still very close right up until the last day. It is never won or lost until you finish, because you just don't know what is around the corner."

Pata Negra: Giles Redpath, James Crampton, Chris Hanson, William Harris, Oliver Heer, Antoine Magre, David Thomson, Richard Tricker and Donald Wilks.

Team Pata Negra: Giles Redpath (Centre, blue) with James Crampton, Chris Hanson, William Harris, Oliver Heer, Antoine Magre, David Thomson, Richard Tricker, and Donald Wilks © Paul WyethTeam Pata Negra: Giles Redpath (Centre, blue) with James Crampton, Chris Hanson, William Harris, Oliver Heer, Antoine Magre, David Thomson, Richard Tricker, and Donald Wilks © Paul Wyeth

New race record set
Phil Sharp, skipper of Class40 Imerys Clean Energy and crew Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson have entered the record books with a new Guinness World Record, following ratification from the World Speed Sailing Record Council ("WSSRC") for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The team broke the record time for boats 40ft and under by some 15 hours in an elapsed time of 8 days 4 hrs 14 mins 49 Secs. Sharp commented on this remarkable achievement:

"Breaking the Round Britain and Ireland World Record was never going to be easy based on the expected conditions throughout this complicated route, which certainly made the race both demanding on a navigation and endurance front."

"The course started and ended with slow upwind sailing, but the windy conditions passing Ireland and Scotland were so fast that it made for some seriously exhilarating sailing, where at times we averaged over 17 knots. Even after our spinnaker shredded west of Scotland, the boat was still going blindingly fast!" continues Sharp.

Class40 Imerys Clean Energy: Julien Pulve, Phil Sharp, Sam Matson, Pablo Santurde © Paul WyethClass40 Imerys Clean Energy: Julien Pulve, Phil Sharp, Sam Matson, Pablo Santurde © Paul Wyeth

The WSSR Council has confirmed the establishment of a new World Record: Record: Around Britain and Ireland. 40 ft and under; Yacht: Imerys Clean Energy; Name: Phil Sharp GBR; Dates:.12th to the 20th August 2018; Start time: 11; 00; UTC on 12/08/18; Finish time: 15; 14; 49 UTC on 20/08/18; Elapsed time: 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes and 49 seconds; Course length: 1773 NM; Average Speed: 9.03 kts; Comments: Previous record: Swish, Roderick Knowles GBR. Aug 14. 8d 19h 6m 49s.The WSSR Council has confirmed the establishment of a new World Record: Record: Around Britain and Ireland. 40 ft and under; Yacht: Imerys Clean Energy; Name: Phil Sharp GBR; Dates:.12th to the 20th August 2018; Start time: 11; 00; UTC on 12/08/18; Finish time: 15; 14; 49 UTC on 20/08/18; Elapsed time: 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes and 49 seconds; Course length: 1773 NM; Average Speed: 9.03 kts; Comments: Previous record: Swish, Roderick Knowles GBR. Aug 14. 8d 19h 6m 49s.

RORC Racing Manager, Chris Stone commented: "I would extend my congratulations to all competitors. In terms of ocean racing this is an achievement beyond most others.”

"In terms of miles, this race is three Fastnets back-to-back, but in real terms, it is exponentially larger than that. We appreciate the competitors taking the standard of their boats up to Category One; that undertaking is not lost on the Club. I would like to highlight the phenomenal performances of Phil Sharp's team (Imerys Clean Energy) and Giles Redpath's Pata Negra, and also the two handed win by Ben Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao (Horace) on El Velosolex SL Energies Group. To all of the class winners, many congratulations; maintaining a competitive spirit throughout this race is an outstanding achievement," concludes Stone.

Class Winners:
Class40 and Line Honours: Imerys Clean Energy (Phil Sharp - GBR)
IRC One: Pata Negra, Lombard 46 (Giles Redpath - GBR)
IRC Two and Two Handed: El Velosolex SL Energies Group, Figaro 2 (Benjamin Schwartz & Chen Jin Hao - FRA/CHN)
IRC Three: Game On (Virgin Media Business), Sun Fast 3600 (Ian Hoddle & Ollie Wyatt - GBR)
IRC Four: Britsh Beagle, Sigma 36 (Charles Emmett & Tim Winsey - GBR)

A glittering array of trophies for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will be presented at the Royal Ocean Racing Club Annual Dinner & Prize Giving on November 17th, 2018.

Results: http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/competitors/race-documents/results

Photo Gallery: http://gallery.rorc.org/v/2018/2018-srbi/

Tracking: http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/follow - http://yb.tl/rbni2018

Retirements:
R&W, Campagne de France, Phosphorus II, Phort-y, Oman Sail, Esprit Scout, Bam!, Corum, Azawakh, Tantrum of Langstone, Aparito, Joanna of Cowes DNS

Royal Ocean Racing Club

20 St James's Place
London SW1A 1NN
UK

fon: +44 (0) 20 7493 2248
fax: +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
web: http://www.rorc.org

Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes

82 High Street
Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AJ
UK

fon: +44 (0) 1983 295 144
fax: +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
web: http://www.rorc.org

RORC Rating Office (Seahorse Rating Ltd)

Seahorse Building, Bath Road
Lymington, Hampshire SO41 3SE
UK

fon: +44 (0) 1590 677030
fax: +44 (0) 1590 679478
web: http://www.rorcrating.com
Royal Ocean Racing Club
(General Enquiries, Membership, House)

20 St James's Place
London
SW1A 1NN
UK

 +44 (0) 20 7493 2248
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
 http://www.rorc.org
Royal Ocean Racing Club
(Racing Enquiries)

82 High Street
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AJ
UK

 +44 (0) 1983 295 144
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
 http://www.rorc.org
RORC Cowes Clubhouse


The Parade
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QU
UK

 +44 (0) 1983 293581
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
 http://www.rorc.org
RORC Rating Office
(Seahorse Rating Ltd)

Seahorse Building, Bath Road
Lymington, Hampshire
SO41 3SE
UK

 +44 (0) 1590 677030
 +44 (0) 1590 679478
 http://www.rorcrating.com

Royal Ocean Racing Club - since 1925

The RORC was founded in 1925 to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined. Today the club encourages ocean, long distance and other forms of yacht racing and yachting activity.