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Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 19 August 2006 - Morning Press Release

19 August, 2006 10:37:00 AM BST | Racetime 11:16:37:00

Just before 1900 hrs last night (Friday) Volker Linzer brought his Andrews 56, Norddeutsche Vermogen, across the finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron to complete the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in seventh place on the water. After experiencing just about every wind strength and sea state imaginable, the delighted crew of Norddeutsche Vermogen stepped ashore in Cowes to a champagne reception safe in the knowledge of a job well done.

Meanwhile the rest of the fleet are filing down the eastern seaboard of the British Isles making good progress as the wind has thankfully filled as the tail end of a low pressure system has whipped up the conditions. The crew of Magnum II, currently on track to win Division C IRC, sent an update on their progress with just over 130 miles to go to the finish saying: Well the weather hasn't finished with us yet! I have just come off watch at 1600. We are off Great Yarmouth in somewhat hectic seas and F6/7 winds. We are double reefed and have storm sail jib on. So well hunkered down and riding the seas fine and still making 7.5kn. We tacked off shore for the easier seas but are now on the making tack inshore again. The forecast is for this to continue through this evening and ease a little by Midnight. The seas will take longer to go down. At least the cloud has gone and we have bright sunshine and the temperature is up now. Magnum II is expecting to finish sometime on Sunday morning.

The next finisher however looks like being the Ker 11.3, Minnie the Moocher of Anthony Richards who is battling the tidal gates along the South Coast of Britain making an average of six knots with just over 70 miles left to run. The estimated time of her finish puts Minnie the Moocher across the Squadron line in the early evening but with a westerly sea breeze looking likely to fill in down the Solent, she could just squeak home in the early afternoon.

As the race comes to its conclusion the RORC will continue to bring daily updates and position reports from the boats highlighting the highs and lows of this premier coastal yacht race. All yachts competing in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race have been fitted with a tracking device developed by the RORC in conjunction with OC Technology. Yacht positions will be updated hourly and can be followed on the Royal Ocean Racing Clubs dedicated micro site accessed via www.rorc.org

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