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19th December 2009 RORC Opt Out of Lifeline Change
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has made a decision to ban Dyneema® lifelines for the 2010 RORC race programme that includes the Round Ireland race. At the ISAF annual conference in Busan Korea in November Dyneema® fibre was approved as a material for use in lifelines for offshore race boats. The material has been used for a number of years in Melges 24 and Melges 32 and on IMOCA 60’s in the Vendee Globe. The RORC committee, made up of very experienced offshore racers, expressed collective concern about the suitability of the material for offshore boats where the crew are constantly hiking, especially in rough conditions and unanimously decided to ban its use for RORC races in 2010.

“We voiced our concern about the materials suitability for offshore race boats when the submission first came to our attention,” said Ed Broadway the chairman of the RORC Special Regulations Committee: “Whilst we know it is a very strong material and has been tested on IMOCA 60 in the Vendee Globe it has not been subjected to a season of offshore racing and we would rather take a wait and see attitude and let our constituents know our intentions as early as possible.”

Ian Loffhagen, the RORC Racing Manager feels that RORC’s conservative approach is in the best interest of the sport: “While we always try and embrace new technology, safety at sea is our principal concern.  With over 400 boats racing with us each season we want to act in the best interest of the majority. The RORC Committee were unanimously opposed to a move away from stainless steel lifelines and we will monitor the use of Dyneema® in other races.”

The ban will apply to all RORC races in 2010 including the RORC Caribbean 600 which starts on February 22nd in Antigua.

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  • 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
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