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Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse

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Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:36

..... it is.

Seriously tough.

Sea seems outrageous.

Crossed Arwen this morning just as their spinnaker halyard broke. Spectacular sight but pity and trouble and a lot of work for their crew.

They surprised us with a dead down wind course under spi.

We're carrying one reef and staysail. Doing 9-11kts over ground AWA 65deg.

280nm to Peterhead.

Outlook of WNW7 and even N later is a bit scary.

For that leg we wish we'd stepped on an 80 foot Wally.

With a library and a dryer.

We're fine. Good watch and sleeps.

Pasta Bolognese, Rice Cashew and Cruesli for Breakfast.

JanKees & Bart

   

Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier

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Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:10

British Soldier RB&I Race Report 3

As at 1900hrs Monday 11th August:

So we're sailing along the English Channel downwind with 2 reefs and the 3.5 up, topping out at around 17 knots boatspeed, seeing wind speeds of 25-34 knots. The A5 was huge fun for the first few hours of the race but we couldn't carry it when the wind piped up to 30 knots.

It's been a mixed bag today; Craig unfortunately couldn't join us, due to a last minute commitment, and we're having to stop at Dover quickly to drop Andy at A+E as he has a dislocated shoulder after a heavy broach. So, we're down to 5 now, really disappointed to lose Andy and Craig but hoping that no more will leave us...!

We had a couple (!) of interesting broaches that have put a small tear in the mainsail that we are going to fix. The skipper is happy though as with 2 less crew we can lose 70kg of drinking water on board! Down below is already smelling 'aromatic' but morale is high and we're all looking forward to turning left and heading for the top.

Will Naylor

Mate

British Soldier

For more information on the race go to http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/home.html

Remember to follow the yachts go to http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/2014-fleet-tracking.html

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Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish

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Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Monday, 11 August 2014 23:19

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Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse

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Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Monday, 11 August 2014 20:37

Jerry Freeman learned that one first has to finish to finish 1st.

Difficult enough to keep all parts

together in rough weather of today.

First retirements due to damage are a

pity. We're glad we could repair ours.

Under code0 in Gull Stream off Ramsgate.

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Crew member on GBR5236R Rare

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Written by Crew member on GBR5236R Rare Monday, 11 August 2014 20:27

Awesome Racing! Its rather windy and wavy out here. Thank goodness for the

reverse course!

   

Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish

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Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Monday, 11 August 2014 18:57

http://chrisradfordnav.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/dodging-wind-farms-and-shipping-lanes-vs-the-offshore-route/

Looking at the boats out in front shows some of the early routing choices

and reveals the options available to the boats coming up behind. (Although

copying the leaders is not necessarily the right thing to do given that

slower boats are slower and arrive a different time.)

Oman Multihull kept close inshore all the way round until Lowestoft and

then has headed straight up the Rhumb line taking the shortest distance to

Muckle Flugga

Most Volvo boats went inside Dogger Bank and then followed the passage

between the London Array and Galloper wind farms

Four of the Volvos went outside Dogger bank, then two went in between the

wind farms and two have gone to the East of Galloper wind farm and gone

right around the outside of all the hazards.

Azzam the leading boat took the inshore route and went in between the wind

farms. This was shortest but was probably more hazardous. TC 6 went

outside Dogger bank and in between the wind farms and is close on the tail

of Azzam.

Early signs are that after Lowestoft the leading Volvo boats are going on

the right hand side of the leg to Shetland. But it is too early to tell if

that is their plan.

More will be apparent about their plans by looking at the tracker later.

Chris Radford

   

NEWSFLASH: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day One Retirements

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Written by RORC Monday, 11 August 2014 18:30

Sir Robin Knox-Johnson's Open 60, Grey Power has retired from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race that started this morning from Cowes at 0900.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been forced to retire from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race after splitting the mainsail between second and third reefs on his yacht, Grey Power. The mast has also been damaged. Sir Robin and his crew member Simon Clay are now heading for the nearest port which can take the Open 60 which is Calais in France. The race started this morning off the Isle of Wight after being postponed due to bad weather yesterday. Sir Robin said he had had a great sail otherwise and had hit 21 knots, but repairs will take a couple of days so carrying on was not possible. Sir Robin spoke to race organisers RORC at 1830 BST to inform them of his retirement.

At 1925 Concise 8 also phoned the Race Committee to inform them that they would be retiring into Harwich. All of the crew are fine.

At 19:30 the following statement was received from Conrad Humphreys and his crew; "The crew on board Cat® Phone Class 40 are experiencing issues with the lower section of the mainsail track coming away from the mast and are heading for shelter from the strong winds from Hurricane Bertha. The crew are OK and focused on trying to see if they can resolve and resume racing. More news later."

   

Video Highlights from today's start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

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Written by Stefan Kunstmann Monday, 11 August 2014 17:50

   

Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail

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Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Monday, 11 August 2014 17:01

> 11 August 17:50 local time:

> SIDNEY GAVIGNET (FRA) - Skipper Musandam-Oman Sail

> ALL GOING GOOD ONBOARD MUSANDAM-OMAN SAIL, Boys ok, Good mood.

> J1 blew out, managed to furl it clean. No more J1.

> We can see close to 40 knts ahead for approx 5 hours and then it should be ok.

>

> Happy camp, almost over 30 knts all the time from start.

> Boat in good shape except J1.

>

> Going to bed.

> Cheers.

>

> Sid

>

> --------------------------------------------

> TWS = 26

> TWD = 229

> TWA = 125

> BAROMETER = mbars

> MAINSAIL REEF (0,1,2,3)= 2

> JIB/GEENACK = J2

> WAVE/SWELL MANIABILITY (0,1,2,3=ok), DIRECTION & HIGHT =

> SLEEP (0,1,2,3=good) = STARTING WATCHSYSTEM

> --------------------------------------------

   

Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic

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Written by Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic Monday, 11 August 2014 16:44

The Sailing Logic crew on Scarlet Logic are currently just off Eastbourne,

and are leading class IRC2 and are 5th in IRC Overall at the present time.

Crew member Simon who has self-appointed himself as the onboard media

representative, and has authored all the previous blog posts has continued

to send us race updates - so far their top speed has been 20.7 knots

whilst goose-winging! Phenomenal! Ross commented this is the equal fastest

the boat has ever gone!

Ross reports that they had the kite up for the start and were first over

the line. They watched British Soldier broach about 10 times, so Scarlet

opted for the poled-out headsail and are making fast and controlled

progress.

Simon reports "Still hitting 19 knots surfing down waves in the sunshine.

Lots of white water all around. Nearly lost my fingers feeding Ross a

sandwich as he couldn't take hands off the wheel. Just hit 20.1 knots

again. Brilliant toffee and walnut cake thanks to Barry's wife! On our

way towards Royal Sovereign lighthouse J"

The crew have been preparing all summer for the 1800 NM circumnavigation

of the British Isles, which is estimated to take 12-14 days. Saturday

afternoon was spent prepping the boat and loading up two-weeks worth of

food, which Simon remarked 'looked as though they have loaded an entire

supermarket on board!"

The 11 adventurers consists of Skipper Ross Applebey and first mate Mark

Burton, joined by Barry Holman and Richard Walsh (both of whom are

experience offshore racers, have completed the Fastnet Race amongst others

previously with Sailing Logic), Timmy Becker, known to burst spontaneously

into song on board to lift morale, Jess Fries, Jen Linkova & Martin Ziacek

who joined us for the Spring Series as well as some new faces to Sailing

Logic including Simon Moffat and Helen Ruud and last minute crew-recruit

Iain Randall who completed the Round Britain and Ireland race with Sailing

Logic in 2010.

   

Tough Night in North Sea Expected

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Written by RORC Monday, 11 August 2014 15:43

The Ladies on Volvo 65, SCA. Photo: RORC/Rick TomlinsonDay 1: PM Update

MOD 70 Musandam - Oman Sail, skippered by Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, is now over 40 miles ahead of the Volvo 65 fleet and has averaged an astonishing 27 knots since the start. At that speed, Musandam - Oman Sail will finish the race in 2 days and 18 hours, smashing the race and course record.

The leading monohulls are a trio of Volvo 65s: Team Campos (ESP), skippered by Iker Martinez, holds a slender lead from Azzam (UAE), skippered by Britain's Ian Walker and Dongfeng (CHI), skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier.

The race leader overall under IRC is Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's Volvo 70, Monster Project, having pulled out an 8 mile advantage on the water from Brian Thompson's IMOCA 60, Artemis - Team Endeavour. Brian Thompson contacted the race team at 1230 BST this afternoon; the Vendée Globe winner and solo round the world expert is not prone to exaggeration.

"Blasting past Beachy Head in sight of all the Volvos, Monster Project is just ahead. Musandam-Oman Sail was quite a sight blasting past us. We were happy to be first boat through the Forts and out of the Solent. Lots of water on deck - so much that two of our life jackets self inflated!"

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Volvo Ocean 65s neck and neck in Solent

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Written by RORC Monday, 11 August 2014 15:00

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Volvo 65, Azzam. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comCOWES, England - Five Volvo Ocean Race boats are currently neck and neck in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race, which began at 0900 this morning.

Our fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s is leading the monohulls as they exit the English Channel. Currently in front is the Spanish team - whose title sponsor has yet to be announced - skippered by Iker Martínez, and Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team are a close runner-up. In third place, Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are pushing the front two hard, and being pursued by the all-female Team SCA. Rhode Island's Team Alvimedica, skippered by Charlie Enright, currently find themselves some way behind their rivals in fifth position.

Read more: Volvo Ocean 65s neck and neck in Solent

   

Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish

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Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Monday, 11 August 2014 14:00

… they are often wrong!

So yesterday I talked about lighter winds around 15 knots at the start.

Hmmmm!! seems like Bertha is keeping her presence felt for longer than

predicted and the boats all shot off in 20-30 knot winds this morning.

They are now experiencing 30 knots plus along the South Coast.

I mentioned there would be a lot of 20-25 knots and this remains true but

for the time being until Bertha has moved further north and declined a bit

the wind looks set to stay stronger than this. The next sign of the wind

slackening for class 1-3 boats is around Tuesday morning with a brief

reduction to 20 knots, but then the wind builds again and will be back in

the 25+ knot area until Wednesday morning when winds could be down to 15

knots in places but may still be 30 knots depending on where they are in

the North Sea.

I also mentioned about the reach and windward leg up to Shetland and the

benefits of keeping to a shorter route and hanging on the left of the

fleet. This could well be wrong as well. (As you might expect for a

prediction for 3 days hence). Bertha is headed North and then NW and looks

to be centered over Shetland by Tuesday afternoon or early evening. After

that the centre of the low heads SE back to the southern tip of Norway. It

looks set to arrive off the SW coast of Norway just SW of Stavanger around

Thursday afternoon. Given the wind rotates clockwise round a low this

means that if the boats continue to make fast progress on Tuesday and

Wednesday and the low follows this track, there will be an opportunity to

go right and go to the east of the low pressure and then catch a SE flow

round the top of the low pressure that the boats can ride all the way to

Shetland. this looks quicker than fighting up the west side of the low

where the wind will be NW and N.

However if the boats are not as quick as I am expecting or the low pressure

comes SE earlier. Then boats would be best on the left hand side of the

track. So the navigators will be pondering this dilemma. They will be

tracking the weather systems and their own rate of progress. We could see

a divergence in the choices made by the skippers of different boats.

Either way we can expect the middle of the fleet to be rounding Muckle

Flugga on Thursday. The race is still looking like it will be fast in

first half of the course. These decisions will make a big difference.

N.B. The scenario for the fast Volvo boats will look different, from this

they will arrive in this area12- 24 hours earlier than class 1-3 boats.

They will be in a different race from IRC classes 1-3.

--

Kind regards

Chris Radford

*www.chrisradfordnav.wordpress.com

*

   

Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse

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Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Monday, 11 August 2014 13:39

.... the repairs.

We smashed down and had to release all sheets to get her up her pumps

again. 2nd spreader punched a hole in the main. Just too late with the

main sheet and steer correction.

Code0 furled.

First reef in main.

Code0 up again.

Time to make this final plan that we carried out:

Code0 furled.

Genoa up.

Main down.

Wrestle trough 80m2 main to find the hole.

Dry the cloth, ungrease.

Glue patches on (both sides).

Thanks for this super strong and sticky repair cloth, Ian!

Main is up again.

Doing an average SOG of 12+kts with peaks of 20+ on gps.

PPfffffff.

2 baguettes, well deserved; Prawns/Brie (Bart) and Gruyere/Tuna (JanKees).

Bumpy start.

Lesson learned;

1. lee of Wight

2. should have set one reef in the lull of No Man's Fort

Spectacular sailing now on huge waves!

Cheers.

BTW Floris, we haven't seen any Opti's here yet.

   

Crew member on RSA23 Arwen

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Written by Crew member on RSA23 Arwen Monday, 11 August 2014 12:51

First few fast and furious hours

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Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse

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Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Monday, 11 August 2014 11:58

Knock down doing 22kts.

Main sail repaired.

All ok.

Chasing again.

Should be footage from heli on sevenstar site soon.

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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Speed and Power Combine for Epic Start

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Written by RORC Monday, 11 August 2014 11:45

Musandam-Oman Sail starts the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Photo: Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comDay 1: AM Update

The 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, started at 0900 BST August 11.

All 28 yachts are now heading east along the Solent having now started the 1800 mile race around Britain and Ireland. A large crowd of spectators outside the Royal Yacht Squadron saw the fleet away. In bright sunshine, with a stiff southwesterly wind and a significant positive tide, it was a magnificent start with yachts flying through the surf under spinnakers.

At 1130 BST, all of the fleet are now past Selsey Bill, experiencing over 30 knots of breeze as they reach at top speed along the south coast of England. Musandam-OmanSail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, has averaged 30 knots of boat speed since the start. If the MOD70 keeps that up the team will finish the course in two and a half days, smashing the course record.

"We could be very close to the record but I am not sure at this stage that we will break it," commented Sidney Gavignet. "The computer says we can, but the reality is that the sea state will probably slow us down a bit - and we will still have 40 knots overnight, so for this we don't want to rush as the quicker we go the more wind we will have."

Read more: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Speed and Power Combine for Epic Start

   

Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen

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Written by Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen Monday, 11 August 2014 11:34

It was a good start, brilliant Genackerweather; unfortunaly our Genackerbeam

broke, so we can use just centerline,now wesail with 15kn! Great

   

Marvellous Start

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Written by Nick Elliot Monday, 11 August 2014 09:04

The Start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - photo RORC/Louay HabibThe 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.

http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/tracking.html

   

Nick Elliott RORC interview: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Postponed

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Written by RORC Sunday, 10 August 2014 17:50

After the twenty one hour postponement announced by the Race Committee of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014, Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager explains the decision.
   

Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier

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Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Sunday, 10 August 2014 15:48

British Soldier RB&I Race Report 2

Latest news: With the engine running and lines about to be cast off, we just heard that the race has been postponed to 0900 on Monday 11 Aug. The following was issued from the race office:

"The Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014. The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards includes sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel. The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East. "

Therefore, the British Soldier crew are shortly relocating to the Anchor for a pub lunch! Although we will be heading out for a last practice sail this afternoon, to at least take the opportunity to put the storm sails up again. Whilst slightly frustrated at a delay, as we are all keen to get going, on the other hand there is a due sense that the postponement is probably sensible given the slightly stronger forecast.

Phil Caswell

Skipper

British Soldier

For more information on the race go to http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/home.html

Remember to follow the yachts go to http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/2014-fleet-tracking.html

   

Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier

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Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Sunday, 10 August 2014 15:45

British Soldier RB&I Race Report 1

We currently sit in Shepherd Wharf Marina, Cowes, listening to a lot of rain beating down on the decks! The race brief last night was short and to the point: the course has been reversed to anti clockwise, so instead of an initial slog to windward in a SW 6-8 we have the opposite; and it seems 3 low pressure systems are conspiring to give us some strong winds for the next 7 days or so. We are relishing the thought of a downwind sleigh ride, at least for the first few days - the last time the boat was in these conditions under white sails alone we were surfing at 23 knots! Although some caution will be required, with gusts of severe gale 9 forecast in the channel. All in all, we can't wait to get started at 1200!

Phil Caswell

Skipper

British Soldier

For more information on the race go to http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/home.html

To follow the yachts go to http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/2014-fleet-tracking.html

Please send messages of support and encouragement to this address and where possible they will be forwarded to the yacht.

   

Race Postponement: Quotes from the fleet

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Written by RORC Sunday, 10 August 2014 11:37

La Promesse, Jankees Lampe's Open 40, still at the dock following postponement. Credit: Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.comThe Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014.

The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards include sustained winds of 40 knots, with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel.

The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East.

Katrin Hilbert speaking on behalf of the Custom JV 52, Haspa Hamburg, commented, "the adrenaline was pumping, we were ready to go but we realise that the decision was made for all the right reasons; our hearts were saying let's go! But our heads were looking at the bigger picture. Some of the younger crew are disappointed but we will sit down and talk about it in a coffee shop. Cowes is a nice place, it is better to have the discussion there than in terrible weather in the English Channel.

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Newsflash: Race Postponement Announced

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Written by RORC Sunday, 10 August 2014 09:32

2014-srbi-race-logo-transparentThe Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014.
The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards includes sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel.
The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East.
   

Running with Bertha

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Written by RORC Saturday, 09 August 2014 19:03

The panel at the Skippers Briefing for the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Credit: Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.comThe Royal Racing Club made the following announcement on the eve of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

"In consideration of the weather forecast for the foreseeable future, showing a low pressure moving through The Channel in the early hours of the morning and eventually becoming stationary over Northern Scotland, bringing a strong Westerly to North Westerly airflow for the first days of the race, it has been decided by the Race Committee to reverse the course to sail anticlockwise around Great Britain and Ireland. The decision was based on aiming to provide a more enjoyable race for all the yachts in the fleet. The start will still be from the Royal Yacht Squadron to the East."

News that the course would be reversed drew a packed house to the Press Conference and Skippers' Briefing. It was standing room only, as world-class professional sailors and experienced offshore Corinthians listened in.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was a panellist at the Press Conference, made up of a broad cross-section of the 200 sailors from all over the world who will be taking part in the race. Sir Robin will be competing two handed at 75 years old. The offshore legend has raced around Britain and Ireland eight times before and was the first man to race around the world non-stop, single-handed.

Read more: Running with Bertha

   

RORC Race Committee to reverse the course

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Written by RORC Saturday, 09 August 2014 14:17

"In consideration of the weather forecast for the foreseeable future showing a low pressure moving through The Channel in the early hours of the morning and eventually becoming stationary over Northern Scotland bringing a strong Westerly to North Westerly airflow for the first days of the race, it has been decided by the Race Committee to reverse the course to sail anticlockwise around Great Britain and Ireland. The decision was based on aiming to provide a more enjoyable race for all the yachts in the fleet.

The start will still be from the Royal Yacht Squadron to the East."

RORC Race Committee

   

Ballistic Start Predicted

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Written by RORC Saturday, 09 August 2014 11:37

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."

Read more: Ballistic Start Predicted

   

Five Volvo 65s go head to head

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Written by RORC Friday, 08 August 2014 08:07

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

   

As Tough As It Gets

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Written by RORC Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:40

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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Written by RORC Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:12

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.

Read more: 11 Nations to Race Around Britain and Ireland

   

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