This bank holiday weekend, 140 yachts, with over 900 crew from all over the world, will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race.
Unless there is a flat calm, it is very likely that the outright record will fall in this August’s edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s premium event, the Rolex Fastnet Race. For leading the charge in the world’s biggest offshore yacht race, with a fleet of 300-350 competing, will be the world’s fastest offshore boats – the Ultimes.
The second day of racing at the Vice Admiral’s Cup delivered four short, sharp races that tested the 72 competing boats and hundreds of sailors over a wide range of conditions.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Cervantes Trophy Race provided a challenging start to the European season for the RORC Season's Points Championship.
While the main kudos in the Rolex Fastnet Race comes from class wins or ultimately the Fastnet Challenge Cup for the overall IRC winner, who will simply be first home to Plymouth often turns into an engaging, heavyweight bout.
115 yachts have entered the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Cervantes Trophy Race, with more than 600 sailors registered to take part. The race from the Solent to Le Havre will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line on Saturday 4th May at 0900 BST.
Early July in Cowes will see the cream of the IRC fleets converge in Cowes for the IRC National Championships.
In one of those aberrations that occasionally afflicts our weather-dependent sport, beautiful summery conditions and record temperatures blessed the Solent but sadly permitted the race committee to hold no racing for the entire three day duration of the RORC Easter Challenge.
Sadly conditions on the opening day of the RORC Easter Challenge were better suited to improving competitors’ suntans than their sailing skills. At this event, that annually doubles as the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s domestic season opener and as a training regatta to accelerate crews getting up to speed ready for the year ahead, an absence of wind out on the Solent meant there was no racing, despite valiant attempts by the race committees.
One of the largest fleets of IMOCA 60s ever gathered is due to set off on the Rolex Fastnet Race on Saturday, 3rd August.