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Morgan Cup Race Bound for Dartmouth from Tomorrow

10th June 2021
Over 70 yachts are expected for the Morgan Cup racing under IRC, MOCRA and Class40 rules
Over 70 yachts are expected for the Morgan Cup racing under IRC, MOCRA and Class40 rules Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season’s Points Championship continues with the Morgan Cup Race, which starts tomorrow, Friday 11 June in Cowes and will finish at the historic town of Dartmouth in Devon.

One of the jewels in the crown among England’s West Country harbours, Dartmouth has a shipbuilding heritage the dates back to the 13th century. Over 70 yachts are expected for the Morgan Cup racing under IRC, MOCRA and Class40 rules.

“The race will start to the east at 1800, so it will be a different scenario to the Myth of Malham,” RORC deputy racing manager Tim Thubron said. “Weather forecasts show a variety of wind in both speed and direction for the race. A light to moderate westerly is predicted for the start, making for a spinnaker run east in the Solent.

Venomous, the Carroll Marine 60 which is the largest yacht racing in IRC Zero | Credit: Tim Wright/RORCVenomous, the Carroll Marine 60 which is the largest yacht racing in IRC Zero | Credit: Tim Wright/RORC

“The fleet should be hardening up on the south side of the Isle of Wight with crews readying themselves for an overnight sail to Dartmouth. The wind is due to abate in the early hours of Saturday morning, which will add another dimension to the tactics.

“A big thank you to the Royal Dart Yacht Club, which has been extremely helpful in assisting the RORC. I am sure it will be a popular venue for teams that visit Dartmouth after the race.”

Racing in IRC Zero, the highest rated and largest yacht will be the Carroll Marine 60 Venomous. Cowes-based skipper James Gair is a previous winner of the Morgan Cup, and will be in charge of Venomous for his 14th Rolex Fastnet Race this August.

xP44 Orange Mecanix2, skippered by Maxime de Mareuil | Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORCxP44 Orange Mecanix2, skippered by Maxime de Mareuil | Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

IRC One has numerous proven race winners in action including Myth of Malham Class winner xP44 Orange Mecanix2, skippered by Maxime de Mareuil. The highly competitive class includes Ed Fishwick’s Redshift, Mark Emerson’s Phosphorous II, Andrew Hall’s Pata Negra, Andrew McIrvine’s La Réponse, Michael O'Donnell’s Darkwood and David Cummins' Rumbleflurg.

IRC Two will feature two British JPK 1180s in action, Ed Bell’s Dawn Treader and Tom Kneen’s Sunrise — the latter fresh from an overall win in last weekend’s East Coast Race. Christopher Daniel’s J/122 Juno will also be racing, as will Ross Applebey’s internationally successful Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster.

Over 30 teams are expected to be racing in IRC Three, including many teams racing two-handed. Fully crewed entries include Trevor Middleton’s Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep. Skippered by Jake Carter, Black Sheep was the overall winner of the 2019 RORC Season’s Points Championship.

Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise | Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORCTom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise | Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

Five J/109s will be racing fully crewed, including the Royal Naval Sailing Association’s Jolly Jack Tar, skippered by Thomas Reed. The Royal Navy has been training service men and women in Dartmouth since 1863, and the Britannia Royal Naval College is a majestic landmark above Dartmouth.

The Morgan Cup Race in 2019 was dominated by teams racing in IRC Two-Handed. William McGough, racing J/109 Just So, won the last edition of the Morgan Cup Race. Runner up was Tim Goodhew racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora and third was Rob Craigie’s Sun Fast 3600 Bellino.

All three will be racing in the 2021 edition of the race, which will feature 22 teams racing Two-Handed. James Harayda’s Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo, racing with Dee Caffari, is the in-form team. Gentoo has won the Two-Handed Class for the RORC Spring Series and the Myth of Malham Race.

William McGough, racing J/109 Just So two-handed, will be defending the 2019 Morgan Cup overall win | Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORCWilliam McGough, racing J/109 Just So two-handed, will be defending the 2019 Morgan Cup overall win | Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

IRC Four includes Morgan Cup holder Just So and 2020 RORC Yacht of the Year Jangada, raced by Richard Palmer with Jeremy Waitt. Four Sun Fast 3200s will be in action and will have their own skirmish along the South Coast to Dartmouth. Classic yachts racing in IRC Four include Mike Greville’s Bowman 44 Skadi, Giovanni Mazzocchi’s Swan 44 Ithaka, Oliver Hughes’ S&S 41 Easy Glider, and Stuart Greenfield’s S&S 34 Morning After.

Yachts taking part in the Morgan Cup Race will start to gather off Cowes Parade from around 1700 tomorrow. The RORC fleet can be tracked using the YB App for smartphones and tablets. For more information including the full entry list go to

Results will be available with live updates at the RORC website and for more information, including the full entry list, visit the Morgan Cup Race microsite HERE.

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Louay Habib

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Louay Habib is a Maritime Journalist & Broadcaster based in Hamble, United Kingdom

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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

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RORC Race Enquiries:

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

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

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