The Royal Ocean Racing Club's offshore racing season continued over the Bank Holiday Weekend with the 11th race of the RORC Season's Points Championship. The 2018 De Guingand Bowl Race was won overall, under IRC, by Ed Broadway's Ker 40 Hooligan VII. Ross Hobson's Seacart 30 Buzz took Line Honours in the Multihull Class, and Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Nigel King, took Line Honours in the Monohull Class.
Benjamin Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex SL Energies Group finished the 2018 Round Britain and Ireland Race on 23rd August 2018 at 05:01 42 BST in an elapsed time of 10 days 17 hrs 01 mins 42 secs.
Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra has taken line honours and the win in IRC One for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, finishing the 1,805 nautical mile course in an elapsed time of 9 days 8 hours 35 mins and 16 secs.
Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger, finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Monday 20th Aug at 22:39:20, less than six hours after Phil Sharp's record-setting Imerys Clean Energy.
Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy has taken line honours in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in an elapsed time of 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, winning the Class40 Division and setting a new world record in the race for yachts 40ft or under (subject to ratification).
Tough conditions have continued for the fleet racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, with competitors reporting 30 knots of wind gusting to 35, with 3-4 metre waves in a confused sea state.
As the front runners reach the halfway point, the battle for line honours is raging north of the Outer Hebrides. Class40 Concise 8 skippered by Jack Trigger moved up to second place yesterday and briefly took pole position during the night. However, Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy fought back to regain the lead as the team passed the remote island of Sula Sgeir. Nicolas Troussel's Corum is less than a mile behind Concise 8. Giles Redpath's Pata Negra is still the provisional overall leader after IRC time correction, but Ben Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex Sl Energies Group has closed the gap.
After taking a substantial lead for line honours and the Class40 division, Imerys Clean Energy blew out their spinnaker yesterday afternoon, as Phil Sharp explains: “Approaching the cold front the wind was building so we made the decision to change the spinnaker to the smaller Code 5. Just as we all went on deck the boat buried its bow in a wave and the front of the spinnaker tore off completely, which is a massive disappointment. The boat turned into a sail loft; I am confident that it will hold, you just never really can be 100% sure. There is quite a lot of wind at the moment so we are not suffering too much. Judging by the speeds of Corum, I think their spinnaker also broke.”
The race will start at noon on Sunday 12th August – RYS line, Cowes (the fleet will head east). Track the fleet, catch up with all the daily news stories from the race course, follow social media, or play the Virtual Regatta game.
A record number of Class40s will be competing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starting from the RYS line on Sunday at noon and includes Concise 8 © Rick Tomlinson
The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is set to start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at noon on Sunday 12th August, directly after Lendy Cowes Week.
The 2018 Channel Race proved to be the windiest race of the RORC Season's Points Championship to date, with competitors reporting gusts of up to 40 knots and a short sharp sea state for the blast to Beachy Head and back to the Solent.