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Giles Redpath's Pata Negra © Paul Wyeth/RORC

It’s a wrap

The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race featured 28 teams with crew from 18 different countries. The non-stop 1,805 nautical mile race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years and is regarded as one of the toughest of offshore races, testing skill and endurance. During the 2018 edition of the race, competitors encountered a huge variety of conditions from gale force winds and huge waves, to dead calm conditions and everything in between.

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Overall winner of the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra © Paul Wyeth

Simply the best

Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is the overall winner of the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Pata Negra scored the best corrected time for yachts racing under the IRC Rating Rule for the 1,805 nautical mile non-stop race.

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As the sun rises over the Solent, the two handed team on Charles Emmett and Tim Winsey's Sigma 36 British Beagle make their way to the finish line in Cowes to secure a win in IRC 4 © Paul Wyeth

British Beagle completes class winners

Simon Harwood's Prima 38 Talisman, sailed by a student crew from Oxford University Yacht Club finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Saturday 25th August at 13:34 BST, completing the race in an elapsed time of 13 days 01 hrs 34 mins 18 secs. Right up to the finish, the team experienced changeable conditions, as they had done during the whole race:

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Ian Hoddle's Sun Fast 3600 Game On (Virgin Media Business), racing two handed with Ollie Wyatt secured a win in IRC Three, after time correction and fourth place overall © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Five more complete the marathon

Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster completed the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Thursday 23 August in just under 11 days to take third place overall after IRC time correction. It was a sweet moment for all of the crew, but especially for Jess Fries who was racing on board Scarlet Oyster in the 2014 edition when an injury to a crew member and a horrendous weather forecast led to their retirement.

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Finishing at sunset, Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra secures IRC One and has set the time to beat under IRC for the overall win © Paul Wyeth/RORC

Pata Negra set the bar

Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra has taken line honours and the win in IRC One for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, finishing the 1,805 nautical mile course in an elapsed time of 9 days 8 hours 35 mins and 16 secs.

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A warm welcome and champagne shower to celebrate their finish: Tony's Lawson's Concise 8, Class40:  L to R: Jamie Diamond, James Dodd, Oliver Mellor, Jack Trigger

Concise 8 - Stronger the other side

Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger, finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Monday 20th Aug at 22:39:20, less than six hours after Phil Sharp's record-setting Imerys Clean Energy.

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Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy has taken line honours, Class40 win and a set a new world record in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © Paul Wyeth/RORC

Imerys Clean Energy take the gun

Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy has taken line honours in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in an elapsed time of 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, winning the Class40 Division and setting a new world record in the race for yachts 40ft or under (subject to ratification).

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YB Tracking Imerys

Morning Update 20th August

Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy is expected to take line honours in the Sevenstar Round Britain Race later today. The British skipper's team was just 46 nautical miles from the Cowes finish line at 1100 BST Monday 20 August. Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger was 75 miles from the finish, but has a broken forestay. Concise 8 is continuing racing under a reduced sail plan. The RORC media team will have news, pictures and interviews after the teams cross the finish line.

In the battle for the overall win under IRC, Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is clawing away at the lead of Benjamin Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro El Velosolex SL Energies Group. The two handed French/Chinese team have an electrical problem which is affecting their ability to use their 'third man' - the autopilot. (Two handed teams are allowed to use an autopilot in the race). Ian Hoddle's Sun Fast 3600, Game On (Virgin Media Business) was 400 miles from the finish, leading IRC Three. Charles Emmett and Tim Winsey's Sigma 36 British Beagle is leading IRC Four.

Can Phil Sharp’s Imerys Clean Energy break the under 40ft World Record for this race and take a hattrick? To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and to follow their progress go to: http://yb.tl/rbni2018

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