The third race of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Season’s Points Championship was an overnight race to Dartmouth, Devon. The impressive RORC fleet got away on a spinnaker run, exiting the Solent to the east before turning upwind to race in the English Channel to finish at Dartmouth, Devon.
David Collins’ Botin IRC52 Tala (© Paul Wyeth/RORC)
One hundred and twenty five boats started the 230 nautical-mile RORC Myth of Malham, held over the Bank Holiday Weekend. High pressure at the start of the race, delivered light to moderate conditions with brilliant sunshine for a magnificent spinnaker run down the South Coast of England.
Like tickets to Glastonbury, registration opened on the dot of 1000 UTC today for this summer’s Rolex Fastnet Race and speedily sold out.
The 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race started in glorious conditions outside Marina Puerto Calero on Saturday 9th January.
Forty eight hours before the 7th RORC Transatlantic Race starts on Saturday January 9th from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Marc Lagesse, the navigator for the IRC56 Black Pearl, spoke about the new water-ballasted sloop from the drawing board of Botin Partners. Just three days before the start, Black Pearl with Stefan Jentzsch on the helm, went out for a training session in 35 knots of wind. Watch the video interview with stunning footage of the brand new ocean-going speed-machine!
Whilst Black Pearl is likely to be one of the first yachts to finish the 2,735-mile race to the Caribbean, the overall winner is decided after IRC time correction for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.
This will be the third RORC Transatlantic Race in a row for Swiss 47.7 Kali. Skippered by RORC member Benedikt Clauberg, Kali’s crew are passionate amateur sailors living the dream of racing across the Atlantic. “The change of date to 9th January allowed me to have Christmas at home and we will still arrive in the Caribbean for the start of the season,” commented Benedikt. “Of course, we will try to beat our own race record. Also last year on IRC time correction, we were only 24 minutes behind the Wally 100 Dark Shadow. So, we will definitely be trying to improve our time, maybe catch more surfs and a little less fish! The atmosphere in Lanzarote is a real pleasure; the Puerto Calero marina staff are super friendly and supportive. Kali is very proud to enter the RORC Transatlantic Race, and we are so happy that it is going ahead.”
How to follow the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race
Track the fleet, follow the race updates via the website and RORC social media:-
Start 1100 Local time - Saturday 9th January 2021 - Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Mid-September it may be, but conditions for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 2020 IRC championships felt more like June this weekend, with shorts and T-shirts conditions and allowing a full schedule of racing to be laid on by PRO Stuart Childerley and his team.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club is expecting in excess of 100 entries for Race the Wight, scheduled to start on Saturday 1st August. All entry fees will be donated to the NHS Trust and the Scaramouche Sailing Trust.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club presents a special end-of-series show featuring live interviews with sailors from around the world, exploring epic races, top pro-techniques and more.
A special edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Time Over Distance series talking to Alex Thomson just days before Alex and HUGO BOSS started the 2020 Vendee Globe.
The 15th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series will be with Michel Desjoyeaux, the only sailor to have won the Vendée Globe two times.