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Polished Manx II – final boat to complete the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Kuba Szymanski’s First 40.7 Polished Manx II racing in IRC Two-Handed with Adrian Kucmin finished the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race on Thursday 25th August at 14:00:54 in an elapsed time of 18 days 01 hrs 50 mins 54 secs.   Polished Manx II was the 20th and final boat to succeed in completing the 1,805 mile race. Kuba Szymanski has raced his boat for over 100,000 miles but this was his first Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race. Adrian Kucmin has sailed with Kuba for two years but has never raced such a long distance. The team were met on the dock by the RORC Race Team with cold beers and also crew from Jangada, Snifix Dry and AJ Wanderlust welcomed the two Polish sailors back to dry land.  “I was intending to do this race in 2018 but sadly my father had a stroke so I had to pull out at the last minute,” commented Kuba. “Adrian (Kucmin) has picked up a lot of experience in this race. We thoroughly enjoyed the race; working together for three weeks you really need to like each other and we are still friends! Sailing is very popular in Poland; we have had teams in the OSTAR and TWOSTAR since 1974 and there were three Polish teams in the 1979 Fastnet. Polish sailors love offshore racing and I am sure there will be a number of Polish boats in next year’s Rolex Fastnet Race. Next for Polished Manx II will be the RORC’s Cherbourg Race on the 3rd of September.” © James Tomlinson/RORC

Kuba Szymanski’s First 40.7 Polished Manx II racing in IRC Two-Handed with Adrian Kucmin finished the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race on Thursday 25th August at 14:00:54 in an elapsed time of 18 days 01 hrs 50 mins 54 secs.

Heading for the finish line after 18 days at sea © James Tomlinson/RORCHeading for the finish line after 18 days at sea © James Tomlinson/RORC

Polished Manx II was the 20th and final boat to succeed in completing the 1,805 mile race. Kuba Szymanski has raced his boat for over 100,000 miles but this was his first Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race. Adrian Kucmin has sailed with Kuba for two years but has never raced such a long distance. The team were met on the dock by the RORC Race Team with cold beers and also crew from Jangada, Snifix Dry and AJ Wanderlust welcomed the two Polish sailors back to dry land.

Thumbs up from Kuba Szymanski who was racing Tow-Handed with Adrian Kucmin ©  James Tomlinson/RORCThumbs up from Kuba Szymanski who was racing Tow-Handed with Adrian Kucmin © James Tomlinson/RORC

“I was intending to do this race in 2018 but sadly my father had a stroke so I had to pull out at the last minute,” commented Kuba. “Adrian (Kucmin) has picked up a lot of experience in this race. We thoroughly enjoyed the race; working together for three weeks you really need to like each other and we are still friends! Sailing is very popular in Poland; we have had teams in the OSTAR and TWOSTAR since 1974 and there were three Polish teams in the 1979 Fastnet. Polish sailors love offshore racing and I am sure there will be a number of Polish boats in next year’s Rolex Fastnet Race. Next for Polished Manx II will be the RORC’s Cherbourg Race on the 3rd of September.”

 A great welcome on the dock for Kuba and Adrian ©  James Tomlinson/RORC A great welcome on the dock for Kuba and Adrian © James Tomlinson/RORC

We thoroughly enjoyed the race," said Kuba Szymanski who lives in Isle of Man © James Tomlinson/RORC We thoroughly enjoyed the race," said Kuba Szymanski who lives in Isle of Man © James Tomlinson/RORC

Morning glory for Morning After

Stuart Greenfield, Frederick Neville-Jones, Louise Clayton and Mike Greville © Louay Habib/RORC

Stuart Greenfield’s S&S 34 Morning After finished the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race on the 24th August at 06:56:51 in an elapsed time of 16 days 18 hrs 46 mins and 51 secs.

As dawn broke on the 18th day of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland, Morning After crossed the finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Launched in 1968, Morning After is the oldest boat in the race and is runner up in IRC 3. Morning After came third in the Sydney Hobart in 1968 and she has done at least four Fastnets and 50 RORC races. None of the team had done the race before, but RORC Admiral Mike Greville was planning to do the race 40 years ago before it was cancelled.

Morning After heading for the dock after completing the race © Louay Habib/RORCMorning After heading for the dock after completing the race © Louay Habib/RORC

“The goal was to get to the start line and finish the race. We knew it was going to be tough, but in a way this race was a gift that kept giving to Morning After,” commented Stuart Greenfield. “We wanted 10-15 knots on the nose and we got that for the first week and we were winning the race (on IRC corrected time). The reason we didn’t do better was that at Muckle Flugga we were stopped dead for five hours. The top boats went round the mark and reached off. When we got going it was a southerly headwind and the other boats got away. Coming second in class is not bad though.”

Louise Clayton celebrates on the dock © RORCLouise Clayton celebrates on the dock © RORC

“The boat performed brilliantly upwind; an Olin Stephens design you just can’t beat it. The crew were amazing and that is what made us go. We never gave up and there was no shouting. Each one of them could helm at top speed the whole time and they understood exactly what needed to be done. We were pushing it; we never stopped racing.

“I brought the boat back from the dead two years ago; rebuilt her completely with a new rig. Once again Morning After has proven that her hull shape is one of the most ultimate upwind performers, even to this day. One of great things about IRC racing is its creativity with different ideas in design and you race different boats. This adds a little bit of flavour and I have added a bit of that to Morning Glory,” concluded Greenfield.

RORC Admiral Mike Greville © RORC RORC Admiral Mike Greville © RORC

Thrilling Climax for Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race

Richard Palmer and Rupert Holmes celebrate after completing the non-stop race © James Tomlinson/RORC

Monday 22 August, 2022: Cowes - The Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race came to a thrilling climax on the 16th day of the 1,805 nautical mile race. In a 14-hour flurry, 10 boats finished the race and a passionate dock party on Trinity Landing was followed by a hearty meal at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. Five boats are still racing but none of them can realistically better the IRC corrected time scored by JPK 1010 Jangada. The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing Two-Handed with Rupert Holmes, as the overall winner of the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race.

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Silver Moon II wins Roschier Baltic Sea Race

Silver Moon II wins Roschier Baltic Sea Race

Finnish H-323 Silver Moon II, skippered by Salla Kaven has won the Roschier Baltic Sea Race having scored the best time after IRC correction for the new race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Offshore Racing Alliance.

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Dock Talk in Helsinki

The Swedish corinthian team on Niclas Heurlin's Farr 400 Wetjob celebrate after completing the first Roschier Baltic Sea Race in Helsinki © Pepe Korteniemi /www.pepekorteniemi.fi

The Swedish Farr 400 Wetjob, skippered by Niclas Heurlin became the eighth team to complete the Roschier Baltic Sea Race just after 0900 local time on the fifth day of the 635-mile race.

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I Love Poland takes Line Honours

Volvo Open 70 I Love Poland, owned by the Polish National Foundation and skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski crossed the finish line in Helsinki to take Line Honours for the Roschier Baltic Sea Race © Pepe Korteniemi /www.pepekorteniemi.fi

I Love Poland, owned by the Polish National Foundation and skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski crossed the finish line in Helsinki to take Line Honours for the Roschier Baltic Sea Race at 19:27:35 EEST on Sunday 24th July 2022.

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Newsflash Roschier Baltic Sea Race

I Love Poland Volvo Open 70 Polish National FoundationPepe Korteniemi pepe@photex.fi


I Love Poland, owned by the Polish National Foundation and skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, crossed the finish line in Helsinki to take Line Honours at 19:27:35 EEST on Sunday 24th July 2022.
 
The elapsed time was 3 day, 0 hours, 27 mins, 37 secs. Setting the Monohull Race Record for the Roschier Baltic Sea Race
 
A full report will follow this newsflash.

Battle for Line Honours Decided Today

Track the boats in the Roschier Baltic Sea Race as they head for the finish in Helsinki: https://yb.tl/Balticsearace2022

Line Honours for the Roschier Baltic Sea Race is expected to be decided today after four days and three nights of intense racing for the front runners. Under the IRC Rating Rule a large variety of boats are emerging as contenders for the overall win.

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