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2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Starting Times

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The fleet will be started from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, Cowes, crossing the line from west to east. The best vantage spots to enjoy the sight of the assembled yachts will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade. Boats will start to assemble in the starting area up to 90 minutes before the start of the race.

The course takes the competitors round the bottom of the Isle of Wight before sending them along the southern coast, past Cornwall and up round Ireland. Therefore there are plenty of spots around the island to view from along the way just after the start.

Start Times on Sunday August 10th 2014

Please note there will be a 10 minute starting sequence leading to the boats crossing the line to start.

Classes

Start Time

IRC Canting Keel, Zero, One

Two, Three, Four & Class40s

1200

VO65 & Multihull

1210
 

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Entry List

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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland RaceClick here for the latest Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Entry List
 

Facts and Stats

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Record-breaking Race

In 2010 two competitors established two new World Records. Groupama 70 and Concise 2 both enjoyed a fast and furious race, smashing the Monohull and 40ft Category records respectively for sailing around Britain and Ireland, both records ratified by the John Reed of the WSSR Council.

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

Muckle Flugga, most northerly pointMuckle Flugga...did you know?

  • The most northerly point on the course, the island and lighthosue of Muckle Flugga is a higher latitude north than Cape Horn is south by roughly 300 nm!
  • Legend has it that Muckle Flugga, and other outlying islands, were formed by two giants fighting over the love of a mermaid. They threw giant rocks at each other, which became the small islands. There isn't a happy ending as the mermaid, fed up with them both, said she would marry whoever could follow her to the North Pole; as they stumbled after her into the sea they both drowned!
  • The lighthouse was built over 150 years ago and first lit on New Year's Day 1858 to protect the ships durnig the Crimean War. Whilst it was manned the island was also the northernmost inhabited island, but was automated in 1995, losing its title.
  • The name 'Muckle Flugga' was only officially used from 1964; before then it was known as North Unst!
  • Robert Louis Stevenson visited the island on 18 June 1869 and there are many who consider this to be inspiration for his classic book, Treasure Island.

   

History

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The first ever RORC Round Britain and Ireland started on 5th June 1976 in which boats were split into 2 divisions; Division I was a non-stop race and Division II a race with stops (Southsea - Crookhaven - Stornoway - Blyth - Southsea). In total there were 25 competitors starting the race (15 - Division I, 10 - Division II). The non-stop race was won by Electron II (R.N.S.A) and the stopping race by Morningtown (R G Hill).

In 1980 the race started on 5 July and was run as a completely non-stop race attracting 13 starters with Chica Tica II (Carlo di Mottola Balestra) taking line and overall honours.

Both the 1992 and 1994 race included stops in the race. With the legs consisting of the following: Leg 1 - Cowes to Cork, Leg 2 - Cork to Lerwick, Leg 3 - Lerwick to Hartlepool, Leg 4 - Hartlepool to Cowes. The winner of the 1992 race was Deerstalker (Michael Taylor-Jones) and the 1994 race by Norma (Hans Peter Baum). The 1992 race attracted a higher number of entrants (28) than 1994 (15).

Criterion headlined as title sponsor for the race in 2000 which coincided with the 75th Anniversary of the RORC. Sixteen boats in total set off on 20 August with Incisor of Wight (Windward Sailing) taking overall honour for the race.

For a list of previous results please see the Results page.