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2018 Race entries now open

Entry opens for IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup and all RORC races on 8th January 2018  © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures

Entry opened for the IRC European Championship and Commodores’ Cup, and all RORC races on 8th January 2018

At midday on Monday 8th January 2018 entries opened for all Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) races, including the Season’s Points Championship comprised of 14 races, as well as the highlight of the UK Solent season - the IRC Europeans and Commodores’ Cup.

Competitors entering the IRC Europeans (8-16th June) are invited to form a team of three boats with members of their own yacht club or with boats from their region. Alternatively, contact the RORC Race Team who will provide a list of boats entered, but not yet part of a team.

The biggest contest in the 2018 RORC programme is the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Sunday 12th August. At 1,805 nautical miles, it is three times longer than a Fastnet Race and attracts experienced offshore sailors looking for a serious challenge. Starting and finishing in Cowes, it is on a four-year cycle due to the toughness of the race. Circumnavigating all the islands of the UK, including the most northerly point Muckle Flugga, it negotiates headlands with tidal challenges all around the UK and faces the notorious British weather.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's UK domestic season fires up with the Easter Challenge (30th March to 1st April) and offers crews the chance to work on pre-season training and fine-tuning. With the relaxation of RRS41, the highlight of the event is the availability of a selection of experienced coaches on the water to assist with getting back up to speed.

For more information contact the RORC Race Team on: +44 (0)1983 295144, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It’s a wrap – 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

Overall winner under IRC, Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was awarded the  2017 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy © Arthur Daniel

At noon on the 25th November 2017, after a week of boat preparation and much appreciated social activities at Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife, a record 23 yachts started the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race bound for Grenada. Teams from nine different nations took part including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States of America. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS took line honours and was awarded the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was the overall winner under IRC, winning the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

An unusually light southerly airstream greeted the competitors for the start, but the super-light conditions didn't last for long. A low pressure system to the north and a ridge of high pressure to the south blocked the way to the tradewinds and routed the fleet to the north of the rhumb line. After beating into rough seas for most of the second day, CQS was the first to make the dive south. After passing to the north of Tenerife trying to find a narrow gap through the high pressure ridge, CQS made short work of the transition zone to reach the tradewinds.

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2018 RORC Programme and Notice of Race

Redshift during the 2017 IRC National Championships. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth

The 2018 race programme has been approved and the Notice of Race which includes World Sailing Special Regulations updates is available to download below;

pdf2018 RORC Notice of Race

On-line registration and entry for all RORC races through the Sailgate race management system, will open at mid-day on Monday 8th January 2018. Here is the link to the 2018 race calendar for your information.

We wish all our members and all who sail with us a successful and prosperous New Year.

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

The 2017 edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is underway. The fleet has departed Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 25th November 2017 on their 2,995 nautical mile race which runs through the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to arrive at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

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Feisty Start Predicted

Gerald Bibot analysing the weather scenario for the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. He is competing for the second time in his catamaran Zed 6 © RORC/James Mitchell

Gerald Bibot analysing the weather scenario for the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. He is competing for the second time in his catamaran Zed 6 © RORC/James Mitchell.

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Record RORC fleet ready in Marina Lanzarote

RORC Transatlantic Race & Atlantic Anniversary Regatta yachts docked at Calero Marinas - Marina LanzaroteRORC Transatlantic Race & Atlantic Anniversary Regatta yachts docked at Calero Marinas - Marina Lanzarote

The start of 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race – the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta - is just a few days away and crews from the record fleet are making their last preparations prior to the 3,000 mile race.

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London
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UK

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82 High Street
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AJ
UK

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The Parade
Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QU
UK

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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.