Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on CNN''s MAINSAIL Programme
Written by RORC Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:48
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
Written by RORC Friday, 29 August 2014 12:49
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
Written by RORC Friday, 29 August 2014 12:41
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
Written by RORC Monday, 25 August 2014 18:13
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
Written by RORC Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:49
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.
Written by RORC Sunday, 24 August 2014 15:27
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.
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:29
As at 1200 Sat
British Soldier crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron line at 1718:08 on Fri 22
Aug - an elapsed time of 11 days 08 hours 38:08 minutes.
The last day's racing was frustrating - the Isle of Wight took a long time
to round due to flukey winds and adverse tide, especially as we could taste
the finish! We were delighted to be met by Jed Cunningham on his RIB with a
Roger the photographer at Ryde for the final beat in, and they were kind
enough to stick with us for the long beat to the Squadron line, handing us
2 bottles of champagne immediately after the finish which were rapidly
We made our way to Trinity Landing where we prepared to come alongside a
pontoon crowded with people - little did we know they were there to welcome
us. As we neared, Relentless's crew gave a huge 3 cheers. The next 20
minutes was frenetic - Many photographs, handshakes and congratulations.
The CEO of J boats worldwide seemed interested to hear our tale and the
RORC team gave us a most generous welcome. We were utterly humbled by the
Most comments we received were along the lines of "only 5 crew, and in that
boat!" With Relentless's 10 crew stood around us, admitting the pressure
they had been under from us since seeing us sail straight through the gale
and emerge ahead of them on the west coast of Ireland, and hounding them
for 24 hours in the channel (they were nervously watching our speed which
at times was 2 knots greater than theirs!), it gradually dawned on us that
we had perhaps exceeded expectations. At the very least we had had the
race of a lifetime, certainly helped by the outstanding racing from
Relentless in those last few days and hours.
Saga finished around midnight and having already had a few beers we gave
them a raucous reception, and despite wanting to slip immediately for
Hamble we managed to drag them to the pub for "one drink"! Rare finished as
we slipped Cowes this morning and we paused to congratulate them. Never
mind 5 crew, double handing (with no autohelm since Scotland) is an
absolutely amazing achievement. Lula Belle was also on her way to the
finish line this morning- another inspirational 2 handed performance.
So a final thank you, for all your support and encouragement. It really did
make it easier to keep going knowing we were being rooted for!
Phil, Will, George, Joe, and Matt
RB&I 2014 British Soldier
2nd in Class 2, 7th overall of 18 including 7 Did not finish
Distance sailed: 1981 nm
max boatspeed: 19 knots
Average boatspeed in the Channel: 9 knots
max windspeed: 45 knots
Sails used: every sail in the locker!
Mugs lost at sea: 3
Max heel: water halfway up side decks
Max buckets bailed from below in one sitting: 7
Most hilarious moment: Gorgeous George being hit in the face by a fish
Champagne drunk at sea: 5.25 litres
Most serious error of judgement: Will accidentally using the A5 spinnaker
as toilet roll
Most useful item we almost forgot: Ski goggles!
Every Finisher’s A Winner
Written by RORC Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:53
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.
Crew member on GBR5236R Rare
Written by Crew member on GBR5236R Rare Friday, 22 August 2014 19:51
Things are cooling down finally here after an earlier error. not hard to Do When completely nackered After barely sleeping The night Before by playing with The TSS and a number of sail changes. ah Well, The God's will decide What Will happen.
Other Then thAt, Things Are Great on board and We Have made The Best of The Good weather and spring cleaned The boat. I Say We, It Was more Ian As I Was stuck to The helm As We Still Don't Have an autopilot.few Other Things Have broken making life That bit less comfortable such As The Now missing wind wand, dodgy keyboard (typing This On The Samsung pad) and The seemingly endless supply of The slightly less favourite meal The yellow Curry. Still The All day breakfast Is keeping morale up As I sign This Off to tend to The Lunch of steak and vegetables.
- Don't forget to Keep supporting CLIC On Just giving (RARE) you Can Also access This link Though Our Facebook page (RAREyachting)
- All Welcome to see the finish Hopefully Tomorrow afternoon.It's easy for You to check, Look up The race On yellow brick.
ps we have had a fantastic afternoon run, gobbling the miles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014: 5 World Records and IRC Overall
Written by RORC Friday, 22 August 2014 14:28
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
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Friday, 22 August 2014 14:11
As at 0800 FRI
We started thursday with some welcome phone signal at the Scillies but also
the disappointing news that Relentless had gone north of the line across
the Irish sea and gone ahead. However, after a brief "sad-on" we rekindled
our determination to catch up. The wind filled in yesterday afternoon and
we started enjoying the sleigh ride home hoping that 'Mr Broach' or 'Mrs
Wrap' did not rear their ugly heads.
The wind built to 20 knots from the west and we held our largest spinnaker,
the A2, and began seeing speeds of 12-15 knots on the log - it was a
question of hanging on hard in the gusts and trying to keep the boat
straight and upright, maximising the blinding downwind speed the J111 is
famed for. As dusk drew near we knew we were in for tough night to hold the
kite; the sea had built up and winds were gusting 25 knots, and the night
was pitch black. With all 5 required on deck for every gybe and more than a
few wraps and broaches it was a busy night. Trimming and helming required
100% concentration throughout. Come dawn, we are all exhausted but with an
average speed through the water of 9 knots overnight it was worth it - and
we seem to have taken a valuable few miles from Relentless.
The finish line is in sight not although still a good few hours of sailing
to go. The crew will need a health drive as we seem to have no ration
breakfasts left but about 80 apples!
The race with Relentless has been relentless and they are proving to be
tough opponents. Whatever happens we are looking forward to catching up
with them for a beer at the end.
Varuna Declared Overall Winner
Written by RORC Friday, 22 August 2014 10:51
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."
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:20
As at 0600 Thu
The wind frustrated us all of Wednesday. With the promise of 10 knots now
and again, but mostly staying at 5-8, we have had our two spinnakers and
the No.1 Jib up and down in a bid for boatspeed. Thanks to Team Army our
new A2 looks great and is giving us every last drop of boat speed we can
gain. Our slow progress has worried us, with the knowledge of Relentless
hot on our heels. Meanwhile, crew are taking on a gradually more unkempt
appearance. "Beardwatch" is a full time activity. George's Zoidberg wisp is
coming along well; Barnesy has cultivated a ratty looking
number; Will resembles a spanish drug smuggler, Joe's looks like the Team
America Arab disguise - he is now known as "tufty", and the skipper's
mexican tache is thickening daily. Our wispy beards and wild hair is now
often paired with manical wild eyed bouts of hysterical laughter that occur
regularly, over things that are perhaps not that hysterically funny. And we
have run out of Ribena which has caused much angst among the younger
members of the crew.
Much sleeping has occurred thanks to calm conditions, which is seemingly
not able to relieve the fatigue that is affecting us all now, perhaps as a
result of the lull in the weather and general lower stress conditions.
Ration consumption is high now due to boredom and the luxury of two extra
man's rations; the daily haribo issue is consumed by 0900 every morning;
and so for the loved ones expecting us to lose a few pounds on this trip,
you may be in for a disappointment... !
Jellyfish Stings British Soldier
Written by RORC Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:22
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
Written by RORC Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:10
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.
Swish Smash 5th World Record in Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Written by RORC Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:53
Day 10 AM Update BST 0900
Swish, skippered by Canadian Roderick Knowles, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 04.06.49 BST on Wednesday 20th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 8 days, 19 hours, 06 minutes and 49 seconds. Subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council, this breaks the previous World Record for Monohulls 40 feet and less, set by Concise 2 in 2010, by over 18 hours.
This will be the fifth World Record broken during the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Celebrating dockside with his crew, Roderick Knowles spoke about the record breaking 1800 mile lap around the British Isles and Ireland.
"We knew that we were the only Class40 left in the race and from that moment on, our only goal was to finish the race. So to break the record is just fantastic. Right out of the blocks we had tough conditions and it was painful, several competitors set off at full speed with masthead kites but we were more cautious, up until we got to about half way up the coast of Scotland we had 30 knots of wind most of the time. It was quite a pleasant reach around Muckle Flugga but the toughest conditions were on the approach to St.Kilda, we hoved to for a few minutes and put the storm sails on.
"I have a very small number of miles compared to the crew, so for me it was an enormous learning experience. Nick (Legatt) as navigator, was excellent and I have learnt so much from his seamanship. But when it comes down to it, it was just four blokes, the youngest is 40, so we didn't argue about anything or take anything personally. The atmosphere was very relaxed on board and I didn't hear an ill-word all trip. It is incredible and really cool that we beat the world record by over 18 hours, I have never held a world record before."
NEWSFLASH: World Record for Class40 - Swish
Written by Nick Elliot Wednesday, 20 August 2014 04:14
This breaks the previous World Record, for Monohulls 40 feet and less, set by Concise 2 in 2010, by over 18 hours. Swish's record is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.
This is the fifth World Record broken during the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Tuesday, 19 August 2014 23:10
As at 2100 Tues 19 Aug
Dolphins, Spinnakers and sun! So the weather has finally turned in our
favour and we had an early start with all crew on deck to pop the A5 and
then the A2 spinnaker. We gradually got into routine and have managed to
dry out significantly. The salt water strip washes are not for the faint
hearted though! Phil's elite athlete stature was unfortunately seen by
all! Skippers toothbrush also got used for second time of the trip, first
being to try to clean salt from satphone circuit boards. Will has seen his
feet for the first time in 4 days - stage 1 trenchfoot is an
understatement! Barnsey has been working on his mahogany tan and generally
looking gorgeous although very Zoolander. Joe has had a hard day trimming
and holds the record for most ginger nuts eaten in one day. George has
avoided aquatic life today however his aroma seems to have attracted many
dolphins. Some great footage has been taken on the new ASA GoPro (Thanks
Alan). Lunch today was a lovely chorizo and pasta with a garlic and tomato
sauce by Will "Gordon" Naylor. Yum! What is not yum is the immense smell of
feet in the cabin as everyone is drying their socks out.
Bottle of champagne at westerly point this evening. All recovered after a
day sleeping and minimum manning on deck to trim the kite and steer. Ready
for the next few days of hard trimming, reading the wind and driving
carefully. All in a day of sun, dolphins, drying out and a bit of recovery
ready for the final push.
Crew member on IRL3607 Lula Belle
Written by Crew member on IRL3607 Lula Belle Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:24
We have been to far from shore over the last few days communications have not been possible
Days 4 and 5 were just a hard slog against the tides and wind to get to the Shetlands but we finally got there. We rounded Muckle Flugga but knew there was a rough weather system coming from west. We had to decide to take shelter or head out. We decided to head west and we would be able to cross on southerly winds to the centre then head south on the north westerly winds the other side.
This would cost us a lot more time but it would be safer. Lula Belle 2 handed does not preform well up wind. With the lack of weight we get blown cross ways in the water.
We went west and it was a hard slog as our southerly winds were more south west and with wind it was very difficult to keep it west and not north.
Finally a day later and the winds died. We knew we were in the eye of it. On the way the Shetland Coastguard radio had moved from force 8 to force 9 and then warned as system had passed Faeroe Islands the winds were severe storm force 10. We were very apprehensive. We readied the Boat with 3 reefs and storm sail and sat and waited. Two hours later for shift change Brian came up and asked for report. I said it's like been stood up for a date. Your sitting here with all your gear and your date has not arrived. 2 hours later when storm hit Brian said your date has arrived and she's nasty.
It was a nasty storm. I don't know if going west cost time but I was so glad we were meeting this from the north and not coming sideways to this storm. As we still have no wind instruments from day 2 we don't know how strong the winds were but the waves were enormous. There were massive waves from the north. These were not to bad as we could surf these. The small waves from the west were the dangerous ones. As they hit the stern of the Boat they would cause her to turn to wind to round up. All we could do was to ride it out. Later the northerly waves got quite scary as they started to break behind us and water would fill the cockpit and on occasions in the wash boards. These were scary. They came in sets of 3 every 20 minutes.
Then to make things worst waves from the east started. These were far more dangerous, as the west waves only caused round ups, these east ones caused us to accidentally gybe. And as anyone knows an accidental gybe is dangerous but in force 10 it's not nice.
We had to turn the Boat more to weather and suffer the round ups as this was the safest option. We don't know the wind strength but we were doing 16knts boat speed at one point with only a 3 reefed main and no head sail. We battled this for 12 hours. When it finally subsided. This was a night to remember but we were glad it was over.
We arrived at sunrise to the majestic sight of the Sun rising over St Kilda. The wind was about 20 and we had reached the half way point. We have no idea how we are doing in the race but now we have the A5 up and we are pushing for the home county of Mayo and Belmullet. With the speeds we are doing we should be there by Tuesday morning about 5am after 8 days. Sailing now with the kite was exciting but hard work. When your 2 hour shift finishes your arms feel like they are going to fall off your shoulders.
Then Monday night day 8 disaster strikes. Due to wind shifts we were back to white sails only and then the wind died. This was expected and really we needed to go to kites. But the night was so black we did not really dance flying the kites.
We have no wind instruments. And normally we would pick a cloud, star or something to point at but the sky is only black. No reference point. Very unstable ways to fly a kite. We took the decision at 2 am leave it so with main only we proceeded. By 4 am the sky had broked a little so we went for a hoist. Hoisted the brand new A2 for Brian to say there's a rip in that and there was. No sooner had he said those words than it completely shredded. Not one spin on the new kite.
We then put up the A3 and went with that. I went to bed and Brian started his shift. 20 minutes later I was awoke been turned upside down as the Boat broached. It was not righting so I rushed up to help Brian. We finally stoped it flogging and the Boat righted only for us to see this kite now also had come apart.
Completely deflated we got the kite back on board and decided to think about things. We were heading west so decided to gybe to Belmullet. Everything was going so good. We were screaming down south it looked like our racing now just started and our two weapons of kites are gone. What next.
Well as we gybed to Belmullet the track for the main sheet shattered. Bits of track everywhere. Bearings everywhere. Brian and I just looked at each other. We had come through everything that could have ruined our race and here on a mild night of no more than 16/18 knts of wind everything is going wrong.
So here we are on day 9. A lame duck. As always our main priority is safety of us and vessel and we believe nothing damaged or broken pose a threat to that We have decided to try to finish. We have one small kite with a repair done to it left and our white sails.
It has to be said it's doubtful we will be able to finish but. We will Give it our best shot.
Swish on Record Pace: Day Nine AM Update
Written by RORC Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:17
At 0800 BST on Tuesday 19th August nine yachts were still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Ifan James, skipper of Stimpson 42 Palpatine, contacted the Royal Ocean Racing Club yesterday to retire from the race with all crew well. Palpatine left the Isle of Lewis in the early hours of Tuesday morning and is currently passing the Isle of Skye, east of the Outer Hebrides. A scenic sail past the stunning lochs of the West Coast of Scotland in good weather and dry clothes will be a dream compared to the rough conditions experienced over the last few days.
Roderick Knowles' Class40, Swish, rounded The Lizard just before dawn this morning. They are 150 miles from the finish and speeding along at over 8 knots, well inside world record pace for a yacht of 40ft or less. Swish is expected to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in the early hours of Wednesday morning (20th August).
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Monday, 18 August 2014 22:53
As at 2220 Mon
It has been tough going since Muckle Flugga. As races go, the last 3 days
have been some of the hardest for all of us, regardless of experience. We
are glad to still be racing and we will also just be glad to complete the
course. Having had no comms we have wondered how the other boats have fared
and hope that none had difficulties in the bad weather. And having only
just got signal we had no idea where anyone is in the fleet so are still
We were beating from the outset on Saturday, and by late afternoon were
hard on the wind with not much sail - storm jib and 3 reefs. seeing us
through the rising 30 knots or so. Our light J boat was not built for
punching headfirst into big offshore seas but nonetheless the old
catchphrase "sail her like you stole her!" was wheeled out and the helm
was urged to sail hard and fast! Sleep was a question of lying below in wet
oilskins and deluding yourself for a few hours that you might be asleep. It
was on Saturday the Satphone made a bid for a small puddle of bilge water
and falling off a large wave bounced it from its safe place - and despite
being instantly fished out it was not happy. Even a gentle dry-out in the
oven (some were highly amused at "baking the satphone") was not enough to
coax it back into life, leaving us without communications. A serious error
but with a forecast of NW gale arriving soon there were other issues closer
Early sunday morning saw the wind steadily rise from the NW. We held our
storm jib and 3 reefs for as long as possible but at around 0900 off the
Isle of Lewis it rose to 35 and we were broaching regularly - so the
trysail quickly went up. NW winds of gale gusting severe gale threw up huge
rolling seas seemingly to the masthead height (but were probably more like
10m). With everyone already tired from nearly two days of beating into a
gale the skipper took the helm and headed SW, weaving in and out of big
breaking seas which could have engulfed the boat if caught at the wrong
angle. At one point George, allowing Phil a quick break, managed to get
taken off his feet by a wave, which in turn set off his lifejacket, much to
everyone's amusement and his irritation! Reaching St Kilda (our turning
point 30 miles NW of the Isle of Lewis) after ten hours and around 100
miles under trysail was an incredible sight. 40-45 knots of wind driving
mountainous seas into these huge islands of rock wreathed in mist and spray
was as terrifying as it was spectacular, as we surfed past at a cautious
distance that felt far too close. To say we were relieved to turn downwind
then having escaped injury or damage would be an understatement.
Now past St Kilda, we are finally able to drive off the wind
for the longest time in a week - the boat is now not permanently
then the winds have dropped steadily to a gusty 12- 20 knts, the orange
sails are away and we are surfing our way down towards the western coast of
Ireland. While putting away the trysail, a fish jumped out of the water and
hit George in the face at the wheel which was a highlight of the day! Now
all of his clothes smell of fish (as well as everything else they already
smelt of). We have managed to get a new record speed for the trip as well
at 18.4 knts! Morale is up now that the sun is finally out, and we start to
think about the final days of the race and enjoy the ride downwind to
Ireland. And as we tidy the boat a "lost property" box has been
established, although mostly filled with only Will's kit so far..
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Monday, 18 August 2014 21:00
British Soldier Update,
The crew have made good time since the last update, they are approx. 40
miles from black rock in second place and only 4 miles behind the other IRC
2 boat to at this late stage all is to place for over the next few days.
The forecast is for lighter winds for the next 24 hours than they have
really had for the whole race with a mild GF5 dropping to a 3-4 tomorrow
(tuesday). This will hopefully allow then to get a few hours kip to
recharge the batteries and sort any running repairs they may have to make
to boat or crew.
The 7 days since the start will have the crew tired and aching from
constantly being bettered and drenched and fighting to keep the boat alfoat
and on course, they have achieved a truely impressive piece of sailing.
Nothing has been heard from the boat so we assume that they are
concentrating on picking up the 4 miles between them and Relentless who
managed to catch up this afternoon.
The crew have been sailing for 7 days in strong and recently Gale Force
winds, having rounded the Outer Hebredies and are now heading for the West
Coast of Ireland. They have been constantly battered in this race,
especially since the Hebredies in solid Force 8 winds. They are making
their down the West coast of Ireland, then across towards the Lizard and
down the English channel to finish in Cowes, they are currently in 2nd
place in the IRC 2 and 7th overall in an International fleet of
professional and very good amateur racers. A lot of the yachts have retired
including the Sir Robin Knox Johnson.
British Soldier is skippered by a junior Capt, Phil Caswell and is manned
by acrew of youngsters. Their watch system, with only 5 crew on board means
they mainly will sleep on deck getting smashed by the waves.
They have 650 miles to go and depending on the wind will finish in 5-6 days
As Sailing Secretary, I would like to say how proud I am of their
Lt Col (Retd) Alan Flavell MBE
Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen
Written by Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen Monday, 18 August 2014 18:50
After all the rough days we have a wonderful sailing day; and most important
we could dry our clothes. What a wonderful feeling to have dry boots and
Under Genakker we sail with 11kn in sunny and warm conditions, who could ask
Tomorrow morning we will see the Scillys and then the final leg towards
Cowes. We all aboard are happy that we did the Sevenstar Round Britain and
Ireland Race and boat and crew had no major incidences.
Now we are fevering to give our best for the last leg to Cowes.
Skipper "Bank von Bremen"
Test of Endurance
Written by RORC Monday, 18 August 2014 10:24
Day Eight: AM Update
Ten yachts are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race although the next yacht to finish the gruelling 1800 mile race is not expected until tomorrow evening. Over the last 24 hours a low pressure system that arrived from the north west is bringing gale force headwinds that are hampering the progress of the fleet north of the Irish coast.
Roderick Knowles' Class40, Swish, is in the Celtic Sea, 340 miles from the finish and is expected around midnight tomorrow (Tuesday). At their current pace, Swish is almost 24 hours inside the world record for yachts of 40ft or less.
Roderick Knowles sent this message back to the RORC Media Team. "The instruments are playing up so we have no wind readings and we have blown out our gennaker. The good news is we have fixed our fractional kite. All is well, but we are very wet and it has been a tough couple of days, especially on Saturday when we had three reefs in, but now on full main and with that record on our minds, we are pushing when we can!"
Katrin Hilbert's Custom JV52, Hapsa Hamburg, is currently halfway across the Celtic Sea and 300 miles from the finish. Carol Smolawa's JV53, Bank von Bremen, was making good progress this morning having passed Slea Head and making good progress along the stunning coastline, south west of the Ring of Kerry, with 430 miles still to complete.
Video: Volvo Ocean Race - The First Win
Written by Stefan Kunstmann Monday, 18 August 2014 08:22
Varuna Takes Overall Lead
Written by Nick Elliot Sunday, 17 August 2014 15:32
Day Seven: PM Update
Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 12.10.32 BST on 17th August 2014. Varuna is now in first place in IRC overall, with a number of yachts still to finish. Varuna's time, corrected under IRC, puts the German yacht in an extremely strong position to win the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
"This is the first time we have participated in this race, because we normally take part in a transatlantic race from Newport to Hamburg which overlaps with this one," commented Jens Kellinghusen.
"I am very please we did well and we really enjoyed the race. The islands on the west coast of Ireland are very beautiful and it is scenery that we haven't seen before. The first two days were a test of endurance for the crew and the boat, but it was no problem as we settled into a routine. Most of the team have sailed together for 12 years, so to get a good result makes me feel very happy. It is the result of having a great boat, a great designer and a great crew. We take Varuna all over the world to compete in the best races. That is our goal, success may come and we are happy when it does, but taking part is the most important thing and experiencing the best race courses with a crew that is happy together. If we have won this race, it makes me very happy for the crew as they have worked incredibly hard."
Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse
Written by RORC Sunday, 17 August 2014 12:54
It is with great regret that we have to retire from the race. :-(
Despite the whole village of Stornoway willing to help we have not been able so far to repair the main in such a way that we can rejoin the race and, more important, pull the throttle to the level of racing.
We'll spent today preparing the boat for her delivery back to homeport and expect to leave Stornoway monday morning early heading for Bishop rock through the Irish Sea.
We have noted the race in our mental log's as `unfinished business' and will try to come to the start in four years.
The disappointment is there. But manned with huge portions of fresh scallops and a solid Scottish breakfast this morning.
Regards, and back to channel sixteen,
JanKees & Bart
o/b La Promesse
Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish
Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Sunday, 17 August 2014 12:13
*Relentless Crew Update*
by Chris Radford
Got this message by text from Relentless sent at 10.38 this morning
*JJ boat and crew safe and well. on J4 making for kilda. Tom*
Also just had another text at 1300 confirming all fine.
Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
Written by Nick Elliot Sunday, 17 August 2014 10:20
Day Seven: AM Update
Artemis-Team Endeavour, skippered by Brian Thompson, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 23.00.54 BST on Saturday 16th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 5 days, 14 hours, 00 minutes and 54 seconds, setting a new World Record for Monohulls 60 feet and less (subject to ratification by the WSSRC).
Artemis-Team Endeavour had enjoyed an epic battle with Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's Volvo 70, Monster Project for IRC Line Honours and the Canting Keel Class. Artemis-Team Endeavour crossed the line just over an hour and 20 minutes ahead of Monster Project to win the class on corrected time and set the benchmark for the IRC fleet to try and better.
"It feels good to break the record," smiled Brian Thompson, just after the finish. "We had a great crew, great boat and good competition the whole way round. I have broken records before, but it is often solo and not in a race, so it was great to have so many boats on the start line and to sail with a fantastic bunch of people. Monster Project gave us a great battle the whole way around the course and so it was more than just about breaking a record; it was a tremendous race.
"The stand out leg for us was after St.Kilda. We put the spinnaker up for the first time and we were sailing hot angles, surfing down waves. We had lots of good drivers on board so we kept the boat flying along all the time. That was the key; keep changing drivers, keep trimming and we kept rumbling along. We had come from the cold wet North Sea into fantastic weather with blue sky speeding along downwind and we were loving it."
Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:25
British Soldier has made good progress through some foul weather over the
last 12 hours. They have passed the next waypoint, due north of Stornaway
and are approx. 30 miles behind the leader of the IRC Class 2 - good going
for the conditions.
The next 18 hours will be pretty tough (swell between 5 and 9 metres)for
them as the wind remains GF7-8 until about midnight tonight. There will
probably not be an update from the boat until this weather system passes
and they have had time to sort themselves out.
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