Spectacular RORC fleet bound for St Malo

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The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Season Points Championship continues this weekend with a spectacular fleet of over 130 boats of all shapes and sizes, ranging from Cowes to St Malo. The 151 nautical mile race is steeped in history, before the Royal Ocean Racing Club by almost 20 years. The big winner of the IRC will be presented with the magnificent King Edward VII Cup, presented by the British Monarch in 1906. Two of the fastest multihulls in the world will race in the MOCRA class, the IDEC of Francis Joyon and the Actual Ultim 3 by Yves Le Blevec. will include a fleet of Class40s racing with the RORC according to class rules.

Francis Joyon’s IDEC is the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. © IDEC SPORT / ALEA

MOCRA class

Francis Joyon’s IDEC is the reigning holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, having toured the world with his crew in 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes 30 seconds. Solo, Joyon holds all the major offshore sailing records, including the fastest solo round-the-world sailing from 2008 to 2016. Bernard Stamm will be on IDEC for the race – the Swiss sailor has set four race records. round the world and race victories. . IDEC’s immediate competition for the race in St Malo will come from Yves Le Blevec’s Actual, which was ridden by François Gabart as Macif, setting the current world record for the solo round-the-world race. While IDEC and Actual will be vying for multihull line honors, a total of five multihulls are entered for yachts and cauldron yachting for the best time corrected under the MOCRA rule.

Eric de Turkheim's French NMYD54 teasing machine.  © Rick Tomlinson / RORCEric de Turkheim’s French NMYD54 teasing machine. © Rick Tomlinson / RORC

IRC ZERO

The Big Boats Division will compete for the Lloyds of London Salver and will be the Sandison Memorial Salver favorite for the first Monohull Yacht Home. After third place in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Eric de Turkheim’s French NMYD54 Teasing Machine will be in action for the second race of the championship. The Volvo 70 Telefonica Black, the Open 50 Pegasus of Northumberland and the Mylius 60 Lady First 3 are hoping for good downwind conditions for the race.

Michael O'Donnell J / 121 Darkwood.  © Paul Wyeth / RORCMichael O’Donnell J / 121 Darkwood. © Paul Wyeth / RORC

JND 39 Lann Ael 2 by Didier Gaudoux.  © Paul Wyeth / RORCJND 39 Lann Ael 2 by Didier Gaudoux. © Paul Wyeth / RORC

IRC ONE

Seventeen teams, piloting 17 different types of boats, will seek to score the best corrected IRC time for the Noryema Trophy. RORC Commodore James Neville, who pilots his HH42 Ino XXX, is the highest rated boat in the category and finished second overall in 2017. Ino’s immediate rival will be Ed Fishwick’s GP42 Redshift. Four French teams will run in IRC One including the JND 39 Lann Ael 2 of Didier Gaudoux, overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, and the Milon 41 L’Ange De Milon of Jacques Pelletier, winner of the IRC One for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019. Irish owner / skipper Michael O’Donnell will be racing to retain the top of the class for the 2021 season with the J / 121 Darkwood.

Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster by Ross Applebey.  © Paul Wyeth / RORCOyster 48 Scarlet Oyster by Ross Applebey. © Paul Wyeth / RORC

IRC TWO

Twenty-five teams will be in the race for the Yeoman Bowl, including the current King Edward VII Trophy holder, Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster, who won the overall race in 2019. Six French teams will be in the race including the X-442 Ster by Pierre Sallenave. Wenn 5, general winner in 2018, and the MC34 Nutmeg Solidaire En Peloton of François Lognone, general winner in 2015. Eight Beneteau First 40 will compete within the class, the majority will be piloted by paying guests under the direction of a professional charter. captains.

Swan 55 yawl Lulotte, skippered by Ben Morris.  © Rick Tomlinson / RORCSwan 55 yawl Lulotte, skippered by Ben Morris. © Rick Tomlinson / RORC

IRC THREE

Forty-two teams will be in the race for the Yacht Club de Dinard Trophy. About half of the boats racing in IRC Three will race in doubles. Full crew entries include seven J / 109s with their own private battles. The seasoned competition includes Richard Oswald’s Elan 450 Emily of Cowes and the 2019 RORC Season Points Championship winner, Trevor Middleton’s Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep, skippered by Jake Carter. The main French opposition includes the JPK 1080 Raging-bee² by Louis-Marie Dussere and the JPK 1030 Foggy Dew by Noel Racine. The beautiful classic Swan 55 yawl Lulotte, skippered by Ben Morris, will also be in the race.

Richard Palmer's JPK 1010 Jangada, racing with Jeremy Waitt.  © Rick Tomlinson / RORCRichard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing with Jeremy Waitt. © Rick Tomlinson / RORC

TWO-HANDED IRC

Forty-one teams registered in IRC Two-Handed, the majority in IRC Three and Four. The biggest short-crewed fleet race with the RORC since the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing with Jeremy Waitt, is on its way to a class-winning hat trick, after triumphs in Morgan Cup and De Guingand Bowl. However, the competition in the class is so intense that Jangada is only third this season. James Harayda’s Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo, racing with Dee Caffari, and Rob Craigie’s Bellino, racing with Deb Fish, are the two leading boats. More than a dozen French teams will be in the race, many making their RORC debuts for the season. François Moriceau was the two-handed champion of the race in 2019 and is back with a new JPK 1030 Mary-3. The IRC Two Handed will be a fascinating encounter for this famous race.

J / 109 Just So, sailed in two hands by William McGough & Christian Jeffery.  © Rick Tomlinson / RORCJ / 109 Just So, sailed in two hands by William McGough & Christian Jeffery. © Rick Tomlinson / RORC

IRC FOUR

34 teams are entered, in the race for the IR Trophy. Jonathan Rolls’ Swan 38 Xara, winner of the De Guingand Bowl Race last month, is one of the many classic yachts competing. Six Sun Fast 3200s will be in contention, as will season J / 109 class leader Just So, sailed in two hands by William McGough & Christian Jeffery. Eleven French teams are entered, including Emmanuel Pinteaux’s JPK 1010 Gioia, second in class in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. The oldest boat in the impressive RORC fleet is the Amokura, the 50-foot yawl built by Moodys in 1939.

An optional return course has been organized by the RORC, particularly for teams looking to earn additional race miles towards qualification for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021. Details can be found in the Cowes Race Sailing Instructions – Dinard – St Malo. All boats participating in the race will gather off Cowes Parade from around 9:00 am on Friday July 9.


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