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Performance 40s head offshore in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Over fifty Performance 40s will compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The class will run its first offshore series in conjunction with the RORC  © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

In this August’s Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the most popular ‘classes within a class’ will be the Performance 40. At present more than fifty of these racer-cruisers and cruiser-racers are currently entered in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s pinnacle event. So, what is the Performance 40, why has it struck such a chord and why to date has it been so ‘under the radar’?

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RORC Return to Offshore Racing

RORC Return to Offshore Racing © Rick Tomlinson

Following on from the UK Government’s ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’ on Monday 22nd February, the RORC Committee, working with the RYA and Government, is confident that overnight racing will return for the 2021 RORC Season’s Points Championship.

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Time Over Distance - Pip Hare

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Time Over Distance Series continues with RORC member Pip Hare talking to Louay Habib just days after becoming the first British sailor to finish the 2020 Vendee Globe.

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Rolex Fastnet Race: IRC winners return

Past winners return to challenge for the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, including 2017 overall winner, Didier Gaudoux with his JND39 Lann Ael 2  © Kurt Arrigo/ROLEX

With the Rolex Fastnet Race having so many boats, so many classes and a 96-year history, it is inevitable that many past winners, be they of line honours, individual classes or of the main IRC overall prize, the Fastnet Challenge Trophy, should be among the record 400+ strong entry in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event in 2021.

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Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher - yachtsman, yachting journalist and larger than life character died on 25th January 2021 at his home in Lymington Hampshire surrounded by his family.

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Charlie Dalin, the Vendée Globe’s anglophile leader

Charlie Dalin's APIVIA © JM.Liot-Alea / disobey / Apivia

While British race favourite Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss and Sam Davies on Initiative Coeurs have sadly been forced to retire from this Vendée Globe, Brits might instead this week adopt Charlie Dalin, who’s yellow IMOCA Apivia has regained the lead this morning after a small hiatus overnight.

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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.