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Ballistic Start Predicted

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Varuna, Ker 51 sailed by Jens Kellinghusen. Credit: Tim Wright/www.photoaction.comOver 200 competitors are spending their last day ashore before the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 1200 BST Sunday 10th August. The weather conditions for the race have been the main topic of conversation and it looks like it will be a ballistic start to the 1800 mile non-stop race.

Last night's closing firework display for AAM Cowes Week was a damp affair, a precursor for the days ahead as the remnant of Hurricane Bertha is set to arrive today. Severe weather warnings have been issued for torrential downpours across England and Wales, and the weather forecast for tomorrow is predicting a feisty start to the race.

"The two weather models we are looking at don't quite agree but it is definitely going to be a windy start," commented Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's navigator, Simon Fisher. "At the moment we could see as much as 30 knots of wind from the southwest at the start, with gusts even higher. The other scenario would put the direction more to the west and have slightly less wind, maybe 25 knots. However, the wind angle at the start will be right on the sweet spot for the VO65s and we could easily see 25 knots of boat speed as we fly downwind off the start line. It is the first time five of the boats have lined up and we are all eager to get going."

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Five Volvo 65s go head to head

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Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad interview and stunning footage of Team SCA in training

   

As Tough As It Gets

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Damien Foxall, the navigator onboard Musandam-Oman Sail. Credit: Sander van der BorchIn the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Damian Foxall was watch leader on Volvo 70, Groupama. Taking Line Honours and setting a race record of 5 days, 21 hours, 26 minutes and 55 seconds, the Volvo 70 went on to win the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race with Foxall achieving cult status in his native Ireland.

For the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland, Foxall is back, as watch leader on MOD 70, Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet with three crew from the elite squad of sailors from the Sultanate of Oman.

"This race is an absolute classic," commented Damian Foxall. "Like the round the world races, the Route du Rhum, this is one of them. When Groupama was getting ready for the last Volvo Ocean Race, this was one of the best things we did; a real test. We always talk about the first leg winner of the Volvo but maybe it's now the Round Britain and Ireland Race, maybe this is the one to look at?

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11 Nations to Race Around Britain and Ireland

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The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race course. Credit: UK Hydrographic OfficeOrganised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will start at noon Sunday 10th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

The fleet will set off down the Solent to the east and turn west around the south side of the Isle of Wight. After that the course is simple: leave Ireland and Great Britain to starboard all the way to the northern tip of the Shetland Isles, a point known as Outer Stack just north of Muckle Flugga, then return down the eastern side of the UK back to where the race started in Cowes, a non-stop 1800 mile race. The fastest yachts may complete the course in under a week. For the slower yachts, nearly two weeks is more likely.

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Tactics, Endurance, Achievement: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Preview

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Cowes Yacht Haven flies the Sevenstar flags before the beginning of the race.Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is undoubtedly one of the toughest yacht races in the world. While other ocean races are longer, racing 1,800 miles around a coastline notorious for highly changeable weather and wicked tides and currents, puts the race amongst the most difficult to complete, let alone win. The 2014 entries include an amazing variety of yachts and sailors; exceptional people who come together as a team to attempt to climb one of offshore racing's biggest mountains.

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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Update: Test of Endurance

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Bank von Bremen in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. Photo: Tim Wright Photoaction.com The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will set off in less than three months and, to date, the RORC's toughest offshore race of the year has attracted 20 yachts from 11 nations (China, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, USA, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Germany and the UK) to participate in the non-stop race.

Known as the ultimate test of endurance, the 1802nm course, starting on Sunday 10th August from Cowes, takes competitors non-stop around the breathtaking coastline of Britain and Ireland including the most northerly point, the island and lighthouse of Muckle Flugga.

The motivation for the teams taking part may vary, but the ultimate aim is the same. To race well and to get round the course using the determination and tenacity this endurance race demands from competitors.

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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - First Entry in the Non-Stop 1802nm Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014

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Volvo 70 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Photo: Volvo/Ian RomanOnline entry for The Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2014 season is now open and Ian Walker's Volvo Ocean 65 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was quick off the mark to confirm its participation with Azzam (Determination) in the RORC's toughest race of the year - The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

The 1802nm course, starting on Sunday 10th August, is the ultimate test of endurance for sailors and has been supported by leading Dutch specialist yacht transport company Sevenstar since 2006. Starting and finishing in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the race takes competitors non-stop around the breathtaking coastline of Britain and Ireland. Memorable landmarks include the most northerly lighthouse - Muckle Flugga, a small rocky island north of Unst in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing First to Sign Up

Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker will skipper the Volvo Ocean 65, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race prior to their second successive Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015:

"This will be my first Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and I can't wait to take part in our new Volvo 65. It will be an excellent training run just before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts in October. Racing is always more demanding closer to land with headlands, tidal issues, wind effects and all the resulting sail changes. This will be a tough test for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing at just the right time," comments Skipper, Ian Walker.

The organisers of Volvo Ocean Race confirmed that the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is part of their pre-race programme. This will give all teams the chance to compete for the first time against each other, offering valuable crew training and boat preparation before the start of their round the world race from Alicante, Spain in October 2014.

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RORC Entry System to open for 2014 season

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2014 RORC Notice of RaceHappy New Year!

The RORC is pleased to announce that REMUS will be open for entries for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race from midday Monday 13th January 2014.

The ultimate test of endurance, the 1802nm course, starting and finishing in Cowes, takes the competitor nonstop around the breaktaking coastline of Britain and Ireland.

Notice of Race

You can start planning for the race now as Parts 1 and 2 of the 2014 Notice of Race, which include information on this race and the rest of the season, are available to download here.

The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is an OSR Category 1 race, with RORC Prescriptions. ISAF Special Regulations (with RORC Prescriptions) will be added to the RORC Notice of Race in due course, but you can also find them now on the ISAF website here.

You can view the full RORC schedule here.

   

Sevenstar Commit to RORC Round Britain & Ireland Race 2014

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Eddie Warden Owen, RORC CEO and MD of Sevenstar, Richard Klabbers raise a glass to their longterm partnership and the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Credit: RORC/plugphotography.comAt the UK (Southampton) offices of Sevenstar, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) confirmed the leading Dutch specialist yacht transport company as title sponsor of the 1,802 nautical mile non-stop race starting from Cowes, Isle of Wight on 10th August 2014.

Sevenstar sponsored the race in 2006 and 2010 when 30 yachts from nine different nations competed in a thrilling and world record breaking event. Three records were broken in what was a very memorable race, highlighted by the monohull record set by Franck Cammas' French team aboard the Volvo 70 Groupama, completing the course in 5 days 21hrs 2mins and 55 seconds, breaking Dee Caffari's 2009 record on Aviva by over half a day.

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Sevenstar Round Britian & Ireland Race 2014

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Telefonica at the start of the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - photo RORC/Rick TomlinsonThe next edition of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race will take place in 2014. Watch this space for dates and race information.
   

For the Record

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The WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both established during the recent Round Britain and Ireland Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club:

Volvo Open 70 Groupama during the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Photo: RORC/Rick TomlinsonRecord: Around Britain and Ireland. Monohull

Yacht: "Groupama 70" Volvo Open 70
Name: Franck Cammas FRA and a crew of 9
Dates: 23/08/2010 to 29/08/2010
Start time: 1300 UTC. 23/08/10
Finish time: 10;26;55 UTC. 29/08/10
Elapsed time: 5d 21h 26m 55s
Distance: 1787 NM
Average speed: 12.63 kts
Comments: Previous record: "Aviva". Dee Caffari GBR. Jun 09. 6d 11h 30m 53s

Class 40 Concise during the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Photo: RORC/Rick TomlinsonRecord: Around Britain and Ireland. 40 ft Category

Yacht: "Concise 2" 39.8 ft Monohull
Name: Ned Collier-Wakefield GBR and a crew of 5
Dates: 23/08/2010 to 02/09/2010
Start time: 1300 UTC. 23/08/10
Finish time: 02;32;20 UTC 02/09/10
Elapsed time: 9d 13h 32m 20s
Distance: 1787 NM
Average speed: 7.78 kts
Comments: Previous record: "Roaring Forty" Michel Kleinjans BEL. June 04. 11d 12h 26m 48s

Signed: John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

   

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Record Holders

World Record *
Outright

OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail
Sidney Gavignet

2014: 3 days 03:32:36

World Record *
Monohull

UAE2 Azzam
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Ian Walker

2014: 4 days 13:10:28

World Record *
Monohull All-Female

SWE1929 SCA
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

GBR52 Swish
Roderick Knowles

2014: 8 days 19:06:49

* World records, ratified by the WSSRC