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UK IRC Nationals to visit Poole

The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s GBR IRC National Championship in 2024 will form part of the International Paint Poole Regatta.  L to R: Andrew Pearce, President International Paint Poole Regatta, Jeremy Wilton, RORC CEO, Michael van Harmelen, International Paint/AkzoNobel, Regional Marketing Manager, Yacht Coatings - at the Southampton International Boat Show © Chris Jones

For the first time, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s GBR IRC National Championship in 2024 will not take place from the club’s base in Cowes but will form part of the International Paint Poole Regatta. The 26th edition of the IRC Nationals, one of the major annual regattas for the international rating system operated by the RORC will take place on Poole Bay over 25-27th May 2024.

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IRC pleases all at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Lord Irvine Laidlaw's Reichel/Pugh Highland Fling XI won the Maxi class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup © IMA/Studio Borlenghi

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup once again proved that the RORC/UNCL’s IRC rating system is thriving at one of the most prestigious events in the sailing calendar. This year’s event, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, saw a return to a pre-pandemic fleet size with 37 boats competing under IRC across five classes. The longest - the four J Class yachts, Velsheda, Topaz, Ranger and Svea - raced under their own rule.

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Announcing the RORC Caribbean 600 Series

Jean Yves Thomas' Ice Yacht 52 Mahana ©  Tim Wright

The Royal Ocean Racing Club announces the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 Series which will be based in Antigua from 14th to 24th February 2023. The series will include three days of racing followed by the main event; the 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The RORC Caribbean 600 Series is open to boats racing under the IRC, CSA and MOCRA Class Rules, plus other suitable classes.

RORC announces the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 Series 14-24th February 2023 © Robert HajdukRORC announces the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 Series 14-24th February 2023 © Robert Hajduk

RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine and RORC Commodore James Neville’s INO XXX are both set to compete in the RORC Caribbean 600 Series. In two versions of Teasing Machine, Eric de Turckheim has competed in four previous editions of the RORC Caribbean 600.

“Historically, major 600-mile offshore races are part of a series, for example the Fastnet and the Admiral’s Cup. The RORC Caribbean 600 Series will have a similar format with inshore racing, a medium length offshore and a long offshore race,” commented Turckheim. “The RORC Caribbean 600 race is one of the best offshore races in the world, but it is normally won by a big boat. The Series will give smaller boats a better chance of winning due to the variety of races. The Royal Ocean Racing Club have a long-term plan for the RORC Caribbean 600 Series; making it one of the world’s most significant regattas.”

The highly competitive and tactically challenging RORC Caribbean 600 attracts hundreds of international sailors each year to enjoy offshore racing in superb Caribbean conditions in February © Arthur Daniel/RORCThe highly competitive and tactically challenging RORC Caribbean 600 attracts hundreds of international sailors each year to enjoy offshore racing in superb Caribbean conditions in February © Arthur Daniel/RORC

2023 RORC Caribbean 600 Series
14th to 24th February 2023

14th February 2023 - Inshore racing in coastal waters of Antigua
15th February - Inshore racing in coastal waters of Antigua
16th February - Lay Day in Antigua
17th February - 360 Round Antigua Race
18th February - Series Prize Giving and RORC Caribbean 600 Opening Party
20th February - Start of the 14th RORC Caribbean 600
24th February - Prize Giving RORC Caribbean 600


“The combination of a tactically challenging Caribbean destination, sunshine and warm blue waters makes this a totally unique event,” commented Race Director Chris Stone. “The RORC will continue to work with Antigua Yacht Club and their local volunteers supporting the management of this great event. All of the races in the Series will require boats to comply with World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Category 3. For the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, boats will require additional equipment including: Liferaft, EPIRB and AIS Transponder.”

International Race Officer Hank Stuart from Rochester New York will be the Race Officer for the RORC Caribbean 600 Series. The intention is to run multiple races over the first two days. After Lay Day, the 52-mile 360 Round Antigua Race is scheduled and three days later will be the start of the 14th RORC Caribbean 600.

For further information please contact the RORC Race Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Ocean Racing Club has been privileged to have Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as our Patron for almost 70 years. We join the Nation and others in mourning her death and offer our deepest sympathies to His Majesty The King and the whole Royal Family.

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Malice wins RORC Cherbourg Race

Start of RORC Cherbourg Race © Rick Tomlinson/RORC

The 2022 RORC Season’s Championship concluded on Saturday 3rd September with the finish of the 75-mile Cherbourg Race. A light southerly wind, oscillating both to the east and the west, giving a strategic edge to the race. The overall winner after IRC time correction was Mike Moxley’s HOD 35 Malice, racing in IRC Two-Handed with Tom Bridge.

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Video: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2022 | Wrap Film

Video highlights from the 2022 race, including footage from some of the teams taking part. 

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years, the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race is one of the most challenging offshore races in the world. The 1,805-mile course includes some of the most notorious waters, including: the Celtic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. The 2022 edition was unusual in that high pressure dominated the weather for the race. This produced a highly changeable and complex weather scenario testing the 30 teams.

Triumph through guile and determination

After IRC time correction, Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing Two-Handed with Rupert Holmes won overall by  seven minutes and nine seconds from Bellino © James Tomlinson/RORC

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years, the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race is one of the most challenging offshore races in the world. The 1,805-mile course includes some of the most notorious waters, including: the Celtic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. The 2022 edition was unusual in that high pressure dominated the weather for the race. This produced a highly changeable and complex weather scenario testing the 30 teams.

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Record entry for RORC Cherbourg Race Finale

Record Entry for RORC Cherbourg Race © Paul Wyeth/RORC

The world’s largest offshore racing series concludes next weekend with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Cherbourg Race, starting from Cowes on Friday 2nd September at 1800 BST. 81 teams are entered for the dash across The English Channel, the largest entry for the race in over 20 years.

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Belgium rules the waves: IRC European Champion decided by just 0.003 points

Francois Goubau's Bénéteau First 47.7 Moana claims overall victory at the IRC Europeans   Image: Ronald den Dekker - WACON Images

On the last of four days of magnificent racing off the Dutch port of Breskens, two final races were held and the winner of the 2022 IRC European Championship decided by the closest of margins.

Coming off the water it looked very much like this 7th European Championship for the RORC and UNCL’s popular rating rule would go to the fleet’s smallest boat. Alain Rousseau and his largely French crew on the Dehler 29 Picsou enjoyed a resounding regatta, first winning the double points-scoring, non-discardable medium coastal race on Thursday and then, over the last three days following this by scoring five bullets in eight races. This included wins in both of today’s windward-leewards held in a 10-16 knot north-easterly.

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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.