The latest RORC TimeOverDistance guest is with Deb Fish - one of the most successful Two-Handed sailors racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
However, like most of the thousands of RORC members, Deb is an amateur sailor who enjoys the challenges of offshore racing.
Watch the half-hour interview with Deb Fish: an insight into maximizing performance for offshore racing, suitable for any sailor to put into practice.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has close to 4,000 members - they come from all walks of life and from all over the world. Deb Fish has been racing with Rob Craigie Two-Handed on Sun Fast 3600 Bellino. Winning their class in the 2019 RORC Season’s Points Championship, Bellino beat over 100 professional and amateur teams. Bellino also achieved second overall for the 2019 season, racing against over 500 teams in a Rolex Fastnet Race year.
Deb works for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and in 2011 received an OBE for her work with the UK Armed Forces.
The latest RORC Time Over Distance guest is Paul Larsen, the fastest sailor on the planet having clocked 68 knots in Vestas Sailrocket 2.
Larsen has always been involved in cutting edge sailing projects and in this 45-minute interview he discusses foiling technology in both the Vendée Globe and the forthcoming Match in the 36th America’s Cup.
Larsen talks about his early life and incredible projects, including Bruno Peyron’s Explorer, Pete Goss’ Team Philips and the world record breaking Sailrocket.
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.
Since childhood, Pip Hare has dreamt of competing in the Holy Grail of solo racing. In a chartered older generation IMOCA 60, Medallia, Pip showed incredible seamanship and extraordinary tenacity for the 95 days of the race.
This week's special guest for the RORC Time Over Distance series is Charlie Enright. Born and bred in Rhode Island, USA, the young skipper has already notched up two round the world races which have been nothing short of high drama.
Charlie has also won the Rolex Fastnet Race and RORC Caribbean 600 overall, racing on the Askew brothers' Volvo 70 Wizard. Charlie's third lap of the planet is scheduled for the Ocean Race as the skipper of a new IMOCA60 11th hour racing.
Our special guest for the latest RORC Time Over Distance Series is the Race Director for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland NZ. Iain Murray will be in charge on the water, as he has been for the last two editions in San Francisco and Bermuda.
Murray speaks to Louay Habib about his phenomenal sailing career and the modern-day America’s Cup. He is a six-time 18ft Skiff world champion, two-time Etchells world champion and four America’s Cups as a sailor. Offshore, Murray has three overall wins and nine line honours victories with Wild Oats XI in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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.
This is Alex Thomson's fifth race and having come second last time, HUGO BOSS is one of the favourites. The interview was recorded live with Alex exploring the physical and mental strength required for the race, plus details of the radical IMOCA 60 design and the cutting-edge technology on board.
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.
15 editions of the Time Over Distance series packed into a one-hour show of stories, pictures and videos from the America’s Cup, Round the World Races, Olympic Games and more. Watch the collective and then choose your favourites show to watch in full.
Although this may be the end of our Lockdown Series its not the end for Time Over Distance. We do plan to continue and extend this wonderful piece of work throughout the quieter months.
Grenada-based photographer Arthur Daniel took this shot of the Class40s as they headed off after the start of the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 race.
From Fort Charlotte, above the Pillars of Hercules that guard the entrance to the historic English Harbour, the RORC Race Team start this classic 600-mile offshore race. Arthur Daniel captured the fleet starts from ashore and in this image also managed to include his colleagues who were up in the media helicopter. Flying fast and low above the impressive Class40 fleet, videographer Roddy Grimes-Graeme (Acquafilms Antigua) and photographer Tim Wright (photoaction.com) ensured superb video and images from the race, as they have done over the past 12 years for this annual race around 11 Caribbean island.
“In the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 there was a huge fleet of Class40s. To get this shot I had to run more than a 1/4mile down to the water’s edge (with 60 pounds of gear on my back) to get them tacking! I was lucky to get the helicopter in the shot too,” says Daniel.
“It was to be quite a match race all the way around the course for the 10 teams from France, Norway and Brazil which formed a race record entry for the Class40 Division. After two and a half days and nights of intense competition and over 600 miles of racing, it all came down to just a few minutes in the 2019 edition of the race. Catherine Pourre's French Class40 Eärendil won Line Honours for the second year in a row, defeating two of the rising stars of offshore racing who had both led for parts of the race. Aymeric Chappellier's Aïna Enfance Et Avenir was second by just 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Completing the podium was Luke Berry's Lamotte - Module Création, less than six minutes from victory!”
About Arthur Daniel
“When I got into photography about 9 years ago, I wanted to try different types of camerawork and to challenge myself. Getting into sailing photography I started with our local Workboat Regatta and Grenada Sailing Week - It feels natural. Since I love adventure, a challenge, and capturing beautiful things, sailing is one of my favourite types of photography. I enjoy bringing landscape, sports and photojournalism photography into sailing.”
For the 14th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series, Louay Habib interviews Olympic Silver Medallist Luke Patience with a deep dive into his two previous Olympic campaigns and a look forward to Tokyo and beyond.
Luke grew up in Scotland and comes from a sailing family, profoundly passionate about all forms of sailing.
Luke shot to fame in the 2012 London Olympic Games, winning silver for Great Britain with Stuart Bithell in the 470 Class. Luke Patience and Elliot Willis won selection for Great Britain for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. However, six months before the event, Elliot Willis was diagnosed with bowel cancer and the team had to withdraw.
Luke teamed up with Chris Grube and requalified with less than three months to the 2016 Olympic Games. They finished fifth in Rio and have again qualified to represent Great Britain at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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.