The 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club started at 0900 BST this morning. All 28 yachts are now heading east along the Solent and are racing 1800 miles around Britain and Ireland. A large crowd of spectators outside the Royal Yacht Squadron saw the fleet away. A significant positive tide of over 3 knots and 15 knots gusting up to 20 knots from the west, provided a tremendous start. More details to follow in a full report. All of the yachts progress can be viewed on the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Player.