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Round Ireland Winner is RORC's Yacht of the Year

13th October 2010
Round Ireland Winner is RORC's Yacht of the Year

The Royal Ocean Racing Club in London announced that Holland's Piet Vroon's Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3 is the 2010 Yacht of the Year.

Piet has been racing with the RORC for 50 years and during that time has achieved many notable successes including winning the Rolex Fastnet Race. Now 80 years young, he competed in eight RORC races this season including the Conway Media Wicklow's Round Ireland and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

Tonnerre de Breskens 3 takes the Jazz Trophy for the overall winner of the Season's Points Championship (when all races count); the Trenchemer Cup for winning IRC Zero; the Stradivarius Trophy for the best overseas yacht in IRC and also the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding racing achievement by a yacht owned or sailed by a RORC member as voted for by the Main Committee. It was a spectacular season from a veteran campaigner and great supporter of RORC racing.

Niklas Zenstrom's JV72, Rán 2, was awarded the Dennis P Miller Memorial Trophy for a British Yacht Overseas. Rán travelled all over the world and has an impressive list of victories which included the Mini-Maxi Rolex World Championships, winning her divisions in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race; Antigua Sailing Week; Newport Bermuda Race; Onion Patch Series and Copa del Rey.

Also of note are the team on British Soldier who were second overall in the Season's Points Championships and won the Serendip Trophy for the best series produced yacht in IRC. The boat provides much needed 'R and R' for war veterans and through the Toe in the Water tri-services initiative, introduces many disabled servicemen to sailing.

A full list of all the RORC trophy and award winners: 

RORC Annual Challenge Trophies and Special Awards

2010 YACHT OF THE YEAR - TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 (KER 46) PIET VROON

Winning the SOMERSET MEMORIAL TROPHY
For outstanding racing achievement by a yacht owned or sailed by a RORC member as voted for by the Main Committee.
In recognition of not only winning IRC Overall by a huge margin, but in particular for supporting and winning RORC races for over 50 years.

ASSUAGE TROPHY - FOGGY DEW (JPK 10.10) NOEL RACINE

CHAMPIONSHIP FOR RORC MEMBERS
For the yacht with the most points in IRC overall in the Cherbourg Race plus her best three races taken from Cervantes, Morgan Cup, Myth of Malham and Cowes-Dinard-St. Malo races

ALAN PAUL TROPHY - BRITISH SOLDIER (A 40) ARMY SAILING ASSOCIATION, LT COL TIM HILL

For consistent high performance in IRC. Based on consistent high scores plus a bonus for number of races completed.

Class Championship Tropies

IRC Overall Jazz Trophy Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon
IRC Super Zero Europeans Trophy John Merricks II (TP 52) British Keelboat Academy
IRC Zero Trenchemer Cup Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon
IRC One Emily Verger Plate Visit Malta Puma (Reflex 38) Sailing Logic, Philippe Falle
IRC Two Grenade Goblet Foggy Dew (JPK 10.10) Noel Racine
IRC Three Cowland Trophy Iromiguy (Nicholson 33) Jean Yves Chateau
Two-Handed Division Psipsina Trophy Psipsina (HOD 35) John Loden & Patrick Cronin
David Fayle Memorial Cup For the best Sailing School Yacht in IRC Visit Malta Puma (Reflex 38) Sailing Logic, Philippe Falle
Haylock Cup For the best British Service Yacht in IRC British Soldier (A40) Army Sailing Association, Lt Col Tim Hill
Stradivarius Trophy For the best Overseas Yacht in IRC Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon
Serendip Trophy For the best Series-produced Yacht in IRC British Soldier (A40) Army Sailing Association, Lt Col Tim Hill

Special Awards

Freddie Morgan Cup For a Classic Yacht in IRC Winsome (S&S 41) Harry Heijst
Dennis P Miller Memorial Trophy For a British Yacht Overseas Rán 2 (JV 72) Niklas Zennström
Arambalza Swan Cup For the highest scoring Swan in the race season Selene (Swan 44) Adrian Lower
Peter Harrison Youth Trophy John Merricks II (TP 52) British Keelboat Academy
Duncan Munro-Kerr Youth Challenge Trophy For the youngest crew member on board a yacht which on
Season's Points finishes in the top three of her IRC Class
Floris R. W. Oud sailing on Winsome
Red Funnel Prix D'Elegance Antix (Ker 39) Anthony O'Leary
RORC Salver Morgan Cup Race - First Yacht Home Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon

2010 RORC Points Championship

RORC Medallions: Gold – 1st, Silver – 2nd, Bronze – 3rd, 4th & 5th

IRC Super Zero
1st John Merricks II (TP 52) British Keelboat Academy
IRC Zero
1st Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon
2nd John B (Grand Soleil 54) Charles Ivill
3rd Erivale III (Ker 39) Mike Greville
IRC One
1st Visit Malta Puma (Reflex 38) Sailing Logic, Philippe Falle
2nd British Soldier (A 40) Army Sailing Association, Lt Col Tim Hill
3rd Coup de Coeur (First 40) Marc de Saint Denis & Géry Trentesaux
IRC Two
1st Foggy Dew (JPK 10.10) Noel Racine
2nd Psipsina (HOD 35) John Loden & Patrick Cronin
3rd Winsome (S&S 41) Harry Heijst
IRC Three
1st Iromiguy (Nicholson 33) Jean Yves Chateau
2nd Ultreia! (JPK 9.60) Matthias Kracht
3rd Pyxis (X 332) Kirsteen Donaldson & Judith Eastwood
Two-Handed Division
1st Psipsina (HOD 35) John Loden & Patrick Cronin
2nd Solan Goose of Hamble (A 35) Peter Olden
3rd Diablo-J (J 105) Nick Martin
Class 40 Division
1st Concise 2 Ned Collier Wakefield
2nd Orca Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling
3rd Merena Alexis Guillaume
IRC Overall
1st Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon
2nd British Soldier (A 40) Army Sailing Association, Lt Col Tim Hill
3rd Visit Malta Puma (Reflex 38) Sailing Logic, Philippe Falle
4th Psipsina (HOD 35) John Loden & Patrick Cronin
5th John Merricks II (TP 52) British Keelboat Academy
Assuage Tankards
Cervantes Trophy Race Visit Malta Puma (Reflex 38) Sailing Logic, Philippe Falle
Myth of Malham Race Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) Piet Vroon
Morgan Cup Race Psipsina (HOD 35) John Loden & Patrick Cronin
Cowes-Dinard-St. Malo Race John Merricks II (TP 52) British Keelboat Academy
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THE RORC:

  • Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and the IRC European Championship (includes the Commodores' Cup) in the Solent
  • The RORC works with other yacht clubs to promote their offshore races and provides marketing and organisational support. The RORC Caribbean 600, based in Antigua and the first offshore race in the Caribbean, has been an instant success. The 10th edition took place in February 2018. The RORC extended its organisational expertise by creating the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, the first of which was in November 2014
  • The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after a merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4,000

At A Glance – RORC 

RORC Race Enquiries:

Royal Ocean Racing Club T: +44 (0) 1983 295144 E: [email protected] W: http://www.rorc.org/

Royal Ocean Racing Club:

20 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NN, Tel: 020 7493 2248 E: [email protected] 

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