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  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Highlights
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 11 August – Fulfilment of a dream
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Class 40 2nd Place Imerys
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 3 Trophy Battle
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 IRC 4 & 2H Winner Night and Day
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Dee Caffari - Turn the Tide on Plastic
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 –10 August – Race against the clock
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Winner Pintia
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 1 Winner Lann Ael 2
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Lisa
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 1 Ino XXX
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Class 40 Winners V&B
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC Z Class Winners Privateer
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 9 August – At the fourth attempt
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC Zero & VO 65 Night Arrivals
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 8 August – Concise confirmed as first yacht home
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Team Concise 10 takes line honours
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC Zero & VO65 Start
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 1 Start
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Start
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 3 Start
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 4 Start
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IMOCA 60 & Class 40 Start
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Multihull Start

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Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

🌊⛰ The #Fastnet Rock. No ordinary rock. - #RolexFastnetRace 📸 @kurtarrigo
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Premature summer – 1, Easter Challenge – 0 . In one of those aberrations that occasionally afflicts our weather-dependent sport, beautiful summery conditions and record temperatures blessed the Solent but sadly permitted the race committee to hold no racing for the entire three day duration of the RORC Easter Challenge. . “Normally Easter is a pretty tough event with a huge variety of conditions, but to have this high pressure system sitting over us just doesn’t work for sailing,” observed Eddie Warden Owen, who aside from being CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, has been putting his skills as an ex-America’s Cup coach to good use at this event that traditionally doubles as the club’s UK season opener and as its unique coaching regatta. . “The race management team has tried to be patient and do the best they can, but despite the cold water temperature and the hot temperature on the land, the northeasterly gradient has stopped any sea breeze from developing. So it is unfortunate - disappointing for everyone.” . While there was a lot of waiting around, competitors’ time was not entirely lost. On the water today there was wasn’t adequate or stable enough breeze to hold a race, but there was just enough for the race committee to lay on some practice starts. . Ashore the debriefs up at the RORC Cowes clubhouse, led by coaching guru Jim Saltonstall were, as usual, standing room-only affairs, with Saltonstall providing his insights into “the world’s hardest sport” ably assisted by the team from @north_sails who provided analysis of drone footage from some of the practice starts that took place. . On Saturday they were assisted by rules expert Bill Edgerton who gave his opinions on some of the trickier rules scenarios for example on the start line - giving time for a windward yacht to keep clear – and, the frequently controversial calls from boats trying to get out of the tide on the Solent – asking for room to tack. . #rorcracing #rorceasterchallenge 📸 James Tomlinson/Rick Tomlinson/Paul Wyeth
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Conditions for the RORC Easter Challenge this weekend look promising! ☀️🌊💨 - We stumbled across this video of Tokoloshe from 2016...ploughing along at 25kts before a 40kt gust arrived! - #rorcracing 📸 Zoe Dunne
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Seven FAST40+s are expected to race in this weekends RORC Easter Challenge, including 2018’s stand-out performer, Rán 7. Ran VII won Boat of the Year Award at the 2018 World Sailing Awards. - The latest version of Niklas Zennstrom's success of boats named Ran, Ran VII received the Boat of the Year Award for its outstanding boat design, innovative concept and ground-breaking technological advancement. - #rorcracing . . . #racing #yachting #blue #instayacht #yachtrace #boats #yachtinglifestyle #yachts #instagood #instagram #harbour #waves #sailinglife #spring #sailing #sea #boat #yacht #travel #sailaway #sun #windy #water #travelphotography #bosphorus #sail #beach #canon #oceans
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Eight new foilers are set to be on the start line of next year’s Vendée Globe. Two are currently entered in the Rolex Fastnet Race - Jérémie Beyou’s Charal, launched last year, and Sebastien Simon’s Arkea-Paprec, a brand new design from Juan Kouyoumdjian, launching this June. - Simon, winner of last year’s La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, will be sailing with 2004-05 Vendée Globe winner Vincent Riou, who also won the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2015 aboard PRB. (PRB is also competing, but with new skipper Kevin Escoffier, who sailed Dongfeng Racing Team to victory in the last Volvo Ocean Race, alongside Jérémie Beyou). - #RolexFastnetRace 📸 © Jean-Marie Liot . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #IMOCA60 #multihull #record #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #windy #summer #travel #beach
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

29 IMOCA 60s will assemble on the Cowes start line of the #RolexFastnetRace. - Britain’s Sam Davies is back on Initiatives Coeur (originally Michel Desjoyeaux’s 2008-9 Vendée Globe winner Foncia), having taken over this campaign from Tanguy de Lamotte, with whom she claimed fourth place in the last Rolex Fastnet Race. - This time Davies is sailing with Paul Meilhat, winner of last year’s Route du Rhum and the last Rolex Fastnet Race. - #rorcracing . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #IMOCA60 #multihull #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #windy #summer #travel #beach
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

"Giant IMOCA 60 turn-out for 2019 #RolexFastnetRace!" - One of the largest fleets of IMOCA 60s ever gathered is due to set off on the Rolex Fastnet Race on Saturday, 3rd August. - 29 of the boats, best known for their use in the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race, will assemble on the Cowes start line of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s premier event to take part in the biennial voyage to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock – 26 competing in the IMOCA class, another three in the main IRC fleet. - This line-up is the third biggest in IMOCA history, after the 2016-17 and 2008-09 Vendée Globes, and is due to the Rolex Fastnet Race being a qualifier for the next Vendée Globe. - The IMOCA class is also now under the microscope internationally after its selection as one of the two classes for the next Ocean Race (ex-Volvo Ocean Race). - Newer IMOCA 60s incorporate the latest foiling technology. This has transformed their performance, reducing displacement and drag thanks to their foils partly, or at times fully, elevating them from the water. Since the last Vendée Globe in 2016-17 when this technology featured on a few top boats, second generation foils are being fitted to the latest launches. - Eight new foilers are set to be on the start line of next year’s Vendée Globe. Two are currently entered in the Rolex Fastnet Race - Jérémie Beyou’s Charal, launched last year, and Sebastien Simon’s Arkea-Paprec, a brand new design from Juan Kouyoumdjian, launching this June. Simon, winner of last year’s La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, will be sailing with 2004-05 Vendée Globe winner Vincent Riou, who also won the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2015 aboard PRB. (PRB is also competing, but with new skipper Kevin Escoffier, who sailed Dongfeng Racing Team to victory in the last Volvo Ocean Race, alongside Jérémie Beyou). - Read more via rorc.org. #rorcracing 📸 Jean-Mearie Liot . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #IMOCA60 #multihull #record #breaking #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #windy #summer
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

The entry closing date for the RORC Easter Challenge is Thursday 11th April. 🗓 - Register at https://rorc.sailgate.com - 📸 Paul Wyeth #rorcracing . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #IMOCA60 #multihull #record #sony #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #canon #summer #travel
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Sound on! 🔊💨 - #Repost @north_sails/@sailors_passion - Got weekend plans? Take #inspo from Rambler 88 and get on the water 💦 #fridaymood - #rorcracing
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

That 'first to the windward mark' feeling 🙌🏼😎 - @rorcracing domestic racing season gets underway on April 19th, with the RORC Easter Challenge. - Who's racing!? - #rorcracing 📸 Paul Wyeth . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #jpk #fast40 #bestoftheday #rolex #cowes #isleofwight #canon #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #windy #summer #travel #beach
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Join us at 7pm, RORC Cowes, as Laurence Mead, Regatta Director of Lendy Cowes Week, shares his knowledge of organising one of the landmark dates in the sailing calendar. - Tickets are free for both members and non-members! Happy Friday, and what a beautiful day to start the weekend! ☀️ - 📸 Lendy Cowes Week / @cowes_week . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #cowesweek #multihull #lendycowesweek #isleofwight #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #windy #summer #travel #beach
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

"Cowes Week - The Myths, The Realities, and The Future" - DATE: Friday 29th March LOCATION: Cowes Clubhouse - We will be joined by Lendy Cowes Week, Regatta Director, Laurence Mead, as he shares his knowledge of organising one of the landmark dates in the sailing calendar. - From dispelling myths circling the popular week, to what is in store in the future for the regatta and the challenges that lie ahead. Laurence will then follow up his talk with a question and answer session for the audience. - Free for members to attend, £10 for non-members - book your space online, or you can also reserve by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)1983 293581 - Friday Night Supper is available following Laurence’s talk. We are offering a two course choice menu for £20.00 per person from approximately 2000. - We advise that you make a reservation for supper when booking in for the talk, or ahead of the evening, to avoid any disappointment. - #LendyCowesWeek #rorcracing
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

#Repost @ircrating - Mooood 🥰🌊🌍🌅 - © @kurtarrigo
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

The international fleet for the 2019 #RolexFastnetRace is highly diverse, with boats ranging in size from 9m to 32m and a start sequence taking place over a 1hr 40min period off Cowes from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. - Perhaps the most intense battle in the @ircrating fleet will be between the seven Cookson 50s, including the fastest - American Ron O’Hanley’s Privateer. One example, Ger O'Rourke’s Chieftain, claimed the Rolex Fastnet Race outright in 2007. - Also to be watched in this size range are the TP52s - Outsider, Tala and Rockall V plus Frenchman Eric de Turckheim's Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine, winner of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. The previous Teasing Machine, de Turckheim’s Commodores’ Cup-winning A13, is also competing now as Mark Emerson’s Phosphorus II. - Pictured, American Ron O’Hanley’s Privateer. #rorcracing . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #offshore #oceanwater #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #multihull #record #fastnet #plymouth #boat #travel #windy #summer #travel #beach

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Plymouth on the Water (@PlymouthOnWater)

The Multihull Centre launch Dazcat 1295 'Slinky Malinki' - She will be competing on the local racing scene this year as well as the Royal Ocean Racing Club's #RolexFastnetRace which finishes in Plymouth this year. #BritainsOceanCity Visit Plymouth facebook.com/plymouthonthew…

one wave ahead (@karin_hilger)

Wir haben in diesem Jahr mit unserer one wave ahead zwei Hochseeregatten im Programm. Am vergangenen Wochenende fand das erste Crewtreffen statt. #RolexFastnetRace #Nordseewoche #Budweisercup #onewaveahead facebook.com/story.php?stor…

one wave ahead (@karin_hilger)

Wir haben in diesem Jahr mit unserer one wave ahead zwei Hochseeregatten im Programm. Am vergangenen Wochenende fand das erste Crewtreffen statt. #RolexFastnetRace #Nordseewoche #Budweisercup #onewaveahead facebook.com/story.php?stor…

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