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Royal Cork's Gibbons to Defend 2017 IRC European Title in Marseille

2nd January 2017
Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge (Paul Gibbons) from Royal Cork YC will defend his IRC title in Marseille Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge (Paul Gibbons) from Royal Cork YC will defend his IRC title in Marseille Photo: Bob Bateman

Royal Cork YC's Paul Gibbons, racing Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge, who was the winner of the inaugural IRC European Champion Trophy last July, will be travelling to France this summer to defend his Euro title and the hope is other Irish IRC campaigners will make the journey to Marseille too.

After its inaugural outing at Cork Week 2016, Marseille is the venue for the 2017 IRC European Championship. The RORC championships will be organised by the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL), the Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon (CNTL), the Societe Nautique de Marseille (SNM) and the Union Nautique Marseillaise (UNM), from the 5th to the 9th July 2017 in Marseille. A date that clashes unfortunately with Ireland's biggest regatta in Dun Laoghaire.

The French event was officially launched at the UNCL stand at Paris Boat Show, in the presence of the Presidents of the four organising clubs.

It will be the second edition of this international competition, after a first and successful one held in Cork Harbour in July 2016.

All the IRC rated boats, with a TCC equal or more than 0.900, are invited to participate to the Marseille 2017 IRC European Championship.

Crews from Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, among others, have already announced their intention to participate in this new challenge, with Ireland's Gibbons declaring his intention to defend immediately on lifting the antique silver cup in Crosshaven. 

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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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