August 2022 will see the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s most tactically challenging offshore race as competitors in the non-stop Round Britain and Ireland Race set off on the 1,805 nautical mile marathon, run every four years.
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.
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:
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.
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).