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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on CNN''s MAINSAIL Programme
The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will feature on CNN's MAINSAIL programme this week.
A series of coincidences involving the remains of hurricane Bertha made this year's Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race, which is organised by the RORC, a multi record breaking event.
The images captured at the start and from the boats during the race will be well worth watching. The air times that we have from CNN are as follows -
Watch MainSail on CNNI at the following times (GMT):
Sept 11: 0930, 1630
Sept 13: 0730, 2100
Sept 14: 1630
and online the 3 parts of the show should be available from next weekend onwards at - http://edition.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/main.sail/
We hope you enjoy the programme.
Swish World Record Ratified
A new 40ft Around Britain and Ireland World Record has been established by Swish, Class40 skippered by Roderick Knowles, during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014.
Artemis - Team Endeavour World Record Ratified
A new 60ft Around Britain and Ireland World Record has been established by Artemis-Team Endeavour, skippered by Brian Thompson, during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014.
SCA World Record Ratified
A new Womens Outright Around Britain and Ireland World Record has been established by Volvo Ocean 65 SCA, skippered by Sam Davies, during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014.
Azzam-Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing World Record Ratified
A new Monohull Around Britain and Ireland World Record has been established by Volvo Ocean 65 Azzam-Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014.
Lula Belle, Rare and Dessert D'Alcyone Celebrate.
DAY 14 AM UPDATEBefore the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, a Two-Handed team had never completed the 1800-mile course. However three teams from Ireland, Britain and Germany have now accomplished that magnificent achievement. Racing Two-Handed around Britain and Ireland requires all-round skill, great seamanship and tenacity. Most of the time, the Two-Handed pair are alone on deck. Whilst a team mate sleeps, it can be a lonely existence on deck and the lack of sleep and the effects of exposure to the harshest of conditions is bound to take its toll on both yacht and sailor.
Liam Coyne's First 36.7, Lula Belle, with Brian Flahive as crew, finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 11:40:54 on Saturday 23rd August in an elapsed time of 12 days 02 hours 40 minutes 54 seconds. The duo won the Two Handed Class and the combined IRC Three and IRC Four Class.
Every Finisher’s A Winner
Three yachts finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Friday 23rd August, deciding the winners of both IRC One and IRC Two and there were celebrations on the dock for Relentless on Jellyfish, winner of IRC Two and Saga, winner of IRC One.
British Soldier may have lost the battle with Relentless on Jellyfish, but the British Army Sailing Team was far richer for the experience.
J/122, Relentless on Jellyfish, skippered by James George and owned by Chris Radford, crossed the finish line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 14:52:57 on 22 August to win IRC Two. Relentless on Jellyfish has been competing in the RORC Season's Points Championship since May and their result in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race has lifted them to top yacht in IRC Two and third overall for the season. The crew let out a big cheer as they heard the news dockside.
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014: 5 World Records and IRC Overall
The 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race was a record race: 5 World Records broken* and fantastic win in IRC Overall for Ker 51, Varuna.
*Subject to ratification by the WSSRC
Varuna Declared Overall Winner
DAY 12 Morning update
Race sponsors Sevenstar Yacht Transport have also awarded Jens Kellinghusen with a $20,000 voucher to ship Varuna to their selected destination worldwide, which will be used to transport Varuna to Malta to take part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the final race of the RORC Season's Points Championship.
Although six yachts are still racing, none of them can better Varuna's corrected time racing under IRC. Jens Kellinghusen was quick to praise his crew for their performance, Varuna has no powered winches and the tough conditions required tremendous physical exertion and long hours hiking out on the rail.
"The weather conditions really suited Varuna. Our biggest competition was with the canting keel boats, which would have preferred reaching, but the downwind conditions towards the end were ideal for us. I am so happy for the crew as they all did a great job and the boat held together in some testing conditions. I am very pleased, this is the first time we have participated and we really enjoyed the race. We already use Sevenstar for transporting Varuna, so the $20,000 from the sponsors is very much appreciated."
Jellyfish Stings British Soldier
Thursday 21 August 2014 0900 BST
Six yachts are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and after light winds slowed their progress yesterday (Wednesday) morning, the wind picked up overnight much to the delight of the remaining competitors. British Soldier and Relentless on Jellyfish are having a tremendous battle in IRC Two and the three remaining Two-Handed teams are making great progress.
Wednesday afternoon JV 53, Bank von Bremen, skippered by Carol Smolawa and crewed by members of the SKWB (Segelkameradschaft das Wappen von Bremen), crossed the finish line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race completing the race in under 12 days to claim third position in IRC Zero.
"We had a bit of everything thrown at us in the race, the start was fantastic, downwind through the Solent and east out through the Straits of Dover but it was very tough up the North Sea and all the way around to St.Kilda on the west coast of Scotland," commented Carol Smolawa. "We had to tack against heavy winds and we were very happy when we passed the Shetlands and thought, good, we can now go downwind; but the low pressure just followed us all the time.
"I will remember the gale in the west and we had so many different situations to deal with and such high speeds. We had a daily distance of around 240 miles a day and that's incredible! The most special moment was when we had to set the storm jib. A safety warning was coming in from the Coastguard with Gale force 10 expected and we were prepared when the huge waves came crashing onto the boat. Our boat was strong and our crew made it.
"Finishing the race and coming back to Cowes is such a great feeling. We made it and it was such an amazing experience. It was the first time the SKWB Club and myself, plus all the young sailors on board, have done this race. Many years ago I saw the boats preparing for the Round Britain and Ireland Race and I thought `I will do that one day'. It was so great and such an honour to do this race.
"We wrote to our Club saying that we have 11 sets of foulweather clothing and boots for sale at the end of this race! However, in a couple of days we will have changed our minds and you might see us in four years time. The RORC is such a great organisation and thank you all for such a great race, with great moments for us."
Newsflash: Musandam - Oman Sail World Record Ratified
A new Outright Around Britain and Ireland record has been established by MOD 70 Musandam - Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014.
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World Record *
OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail
2014: 3 days 03:32:36
World Record *
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Ian Walker
2014: 4 days 13:10:28
World Record *
Team SCA/Samantha Davies
2014: 4 days 21:00:39
World Record *
Monohull 60ft or less
GBR100 Artemis - Team Endeavour
Artemis Ocean Racing/Brian Thompson
2014: 5 days 14:00:54
World Record *
Monohull 40ft or less
2014: 8 days 19:06:49