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Fastnet Yacht Race. News from the RORC Offshore Race Event
 Everyone at the IRC Congress agreed that exciting events drive participation. This is demonstrated by the record four minutes for the Rolex Fastnet Race entry to be fully subscribed
RORC
Another successful annual IRC Congress meeting was held in early October in the popular sailing venue and race destination of St Malo on the northern French coast. Forty delegates from as far afield as Japan and the USA came together…
That winning feeling….the crew of the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi in Plymouth after winning Class 3B in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 are (left to right, back row): Deirdre Foley, Lorcan Tighe, Fearghus McCormack, George Tottenham, Kylie McMillan and Kenneth Rumball. Front row: Conor Kinsella and Keith Kiernan
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With 312 entries in the IRC divisions alone, and numbers pushing towards the 400 mark when all classes are included, the record-breaking Fastnet Race 2017 was surely on the edge of becoming an unwieldy beast as it got under way…
The RORC Commodore has to be omni-present at the conclusion of the biennia Fastnet Race. Michael Boyd is seen here (left) with Overall 2017 Winner Didier Gaodoux of the JNA 39 Lann Ael 2 and his wife in Plymouth
Sailor of the Month
Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club is so successful in his multi-tasking as an impressive Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and a very competent and frequently-competing skipper in in its annual 12-race Mainseries Points Championship, that…
Nin O’Leary will skipper Ireland Ocean Racing’s proposed Vendée Globe challenge in 2020
Vendee Globe
#ior2020 - Ireland’s opportunity to compete in global offshore sailing competitions received a boost yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) at the launch of Ireland Ocean Racing, a new initiative with aspirations to compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe. Team skipper Nin…
RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd presents the Fastnet Challenge Cup to the overall winner, Didier Gaudoux's JND39, Lann Ael 2
Fastnet
For a third time running the Rolex Fastnet Race has been a story of French domination, Le Tricolor flying on this occasion from the top spot in IRC 1, 2, 3 and 4, the Class40 and IMOCA 60, the Two…
The start of something big. The Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi (IRL 8088, skipper Kenneth Rumball) gets away with a close start on Sunday in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017. She finished first in Class 3B
W M Nixon
The final results of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 show that Kenneth Rumball with the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi has won in IRC 3B, where third place has been taken by ISORA’s J/109 Mojito. And RORC Commodore Michael…
Ballycotton RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat on Wednesday afternoon (9 August) to aid a yacht in difficulty some 84 miles south of the East Cork village. Vencom, a Ker 39 with 10 people onboard, was returning from the…
The phantom boat proves to be very real indeed. The JND 39 Lann Ael 2 (Didier Gadoux) wasn’t showing on the Fastnet Race Tracker or the Entry List attached to it. Yet here she is, very much for real, making knots on her way past the Isles of Scilly and onwards towards Plymouth for the overall win
Fastnet
The harsh northwest to north wind that dominated the past three days of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 has softened its cough through Thursday. It’s settling in to be an Atlantic sou’west to west airflow, which eventually will bring rain…
A tired but elated crew on Nick and Suzi Jones' First 44.7 Lisa, skippered by RORC Commodore Michael Boyd
Fastnet
Overnight and into a magnificent West Country morning, boats have been streaming across the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line and into Plymouth Yacht Haven writes James Boyd. With this the leaders in the bigger classes have begun firming up along…
Baltimore RNLI safely secures the stricken Fastnet Race yacht in Baltimore Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Thirteen people were brought safely ashore by Baltimore RNLI after their Fastnet Race yacht got into difficulty in the early hours of yesterday morning (Wednesday 9 August). The volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard…
Power play. Dongfeng’s 54-seconds win in the Volvo 65 OD Class has been a forceful demonstration of the new concept’s potential
Fastnet
An event as complex as the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 throws up so many facts and figures in a very short space of time that we have to make sense of it all on the hop as best we can…
The magic moment The Irish National Sailing Sschool’s J/109 Jedi with the Fastnet Rock put astern this morning. They rounded at 07:29hrs
Fastnet
With the brisk north wind holding its strength and more off Cornwall to speed the leading Fastnet Race finishers comfortably on the direct course to the line at Plymouth through the night, automatic predictions of final results based on performance…
The yacht in the safe surrounds of the inner Harbour in Courtmacsherry in County Cork this morning
Fastnet
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat completed the rescue of the 40–ft Fastnet Yacht Race competitor following the early morning callout at 3.21am this morning. Both boats arrived to the Inner Harbour at Courtmacsherry in County Cork just after 8am this morning, after a…
George David’s Rambler 88 powering down the Solent after Sunday’s Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 start - it’s possible that she’ll be finished at Plymouth by midnight tonight. In addition to mono-hull line honours, Rambler is also well place to win IRC Overall
Fastnet
Heading into the third evening of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, with much of the heavy metal now on the homeward leg with a fair wind from the Rock to Plymouth, all are aware there’s a strong north wind out…
Hugo Boss at the start of the Fastnet Race on Sunday, little thinking they would have to beat every inch of the way to the Rock
Fastnet
'Foiling boats like this don’t go to windward'. That frank statement this morning from Nin O’Leary aboard the glamorous IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss which he is co-skippering with Alex Thompson in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 goes part of the…
First boat in the Rolex Fastnet Race arrives in Plymouth: Tony Lawson's MOD70 trimaran, Concise 10 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield
Fastnet
Unchallenged, Concise 10 blazed into Plymouth this morning, first boat home in the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. Tony Lawson's MOD70 trimaran crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 05:55:00 BST with a race time of 42 hours and 55…

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