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Dmitry Rybolovlev’s Club Swan 125 Skorpios (MON) skippered by Fernando Echavarri is one of the favourites for Monohull Line Honours
Seventy-five boats are entered for the RORC Caribbean 600 which starts on Monday 21 February in Antigua. The bulk of the astonishing fleet will be racing under IRC for overall victory and the Caribbean 600 Trophy. The glitterati of the…
Ten spectacular multihulls will be in action at the start of the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600 from Antigua on Monday 21st February
This year’s RORC Caribbean 600 features a spectacular MOCRA Class with 10 multihulls in action. Whilst the overall winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 will be the monohull with best corrected time under IRC, racing under the MOCRA rating rule,…
Midwinter lull in an otherwise stormy mid-Atlantic – Pamela Lee in a brief respite aboard the Class40 Redman during the mid-winter west-east Transatlantic Crossing
When they come to write further histories of the Covid Pandemic and the world’s uneven emergence from it, they should call on the many experiences of long-distance sailor Pamela Lee of Greystones. She has somehow managed to keep the development…
Brian and Ian Mathews of the National Yacht Club took third overall in IRC on Phil Ellerby's British XC45 Exodus
Dublin Bay brothers Brian and Ian Mathews of the National Yacht Club took third overall in IRC in RORC's Dubai to Muscat (D2M) Race. In a 360-mile race that features the Strait of Hormuz and avoids Iranian exclusion zones, the…
RORC Caribbean 600: 14 days to go - 79 boats - 600 nm course - boats from 16 countries - sailors from 30 nations - 1 great race!
With nearly 80 entries racing under the IRC Rating Rule, MOCRA and Class40 division the RORC Caribbean 600 is set for its 13th edition. The race has attracted over 600 sailors from 30 different nations and will start off Fort…
With his involvement in the 100ft Comanche’s record-breaking Transatlantic race performance, Justin Slattery has shown the way into 2022 for Irish international sailing
Only an exceptional international elite of sailors can provide the expertise to function as a team in getting record-breaking race-winning performances out of a super-maxi like the 100ft Comanche. But when she achieved both those pinnacles in January’s RORC Transatlantic…
Reporting 'a very messy Atlantic weather pattern' on board the Maxi Comanche
The RORC Transatlantic Race enters the fifth day with the potential for a real twist of fate at the front of the fleet. Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) still leads the multihulls, but as the first boat into an area…
1,900 nm from Grenada -at 0900 UTC on day four of the RORC Transatlantic Race Comanche was doing 24 knots of boat speed!
Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) is over halfway and just two hours outside multihull race record pace. The 100ft Maxi Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth, and with Cork's Justin Slattery onboard, is 1,900 miles from Grenada and well inside…
Maximilian Klink’s Swiss Botin 52 Caro is one of 30 boats competing in the 8th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The diverse fleet includes Two-Handed teams, past winners, America's Cup and round the world sailors, as well as corinthian teams and regular RORC racers - battling it out throughout the fleet as they race 3,000 nm across the Atlantic Ocean in one of the Royal Ocean Racing's longest races
London's Royal Ocean Racing Club, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Yacht Club de France are making final preparations for the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race starting on Saturday 8th January 2022. The longest race in the…
A key point of the Class 30 One Design™ project is for 
a boat that is great to sail: seated comfortably at the helm or out on the rail, on a hull which is not too wet, with a large cockpit for carrying out manoeuvres in crewed format
With the preliminary design study phase drawing to a close, the ground is now being prepared for the construction of the first Class 30 a joint yacht design project between the RORC in London and UNCL in France, with the…
2021 RORC Season's Points Championship winners: Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise. The team received a huge haul of prizes including the Jazz Trophy for winning IRC Overall and the Somerset Memorial Trophy for RORC Yacht of the Year
The 2021 Royal Ocean Racing Club Annual Dinner and Prize Giving was held to celebrate a spectacular season of racing. Dubbed the RORC Oscars, over 300 attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception and a three-course gourmet dinner. A glittering array of…
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Following the international IRC annual Congress meeting in October, the 2022 IRC rule text is now published online. The new rule text includes the following changes agreed by Congress: Stored power (autopilots) for steering is prohibited unless permitted by the…
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) has launched the new 630nm RORC Baltic Sea Race, starting from Helsinki on 21st July 2022
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) together with the Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) says it has Irish interest in its new offshore race to start on 21st July 2022. The RORC Baltic Sea Race is open to boats racing under IRC,…
There appears to be no de-escalation of the long-festering row between IRC and the ORC that spilt out into the public domain this week. The World's two leading rating administrators are locked into a war of words over the staging…
Yachts prepare to start in a previous combined IRC/ORC Championships
London's Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is considering staging its own separate IRC World Championships to "preserve the rights of sailors using our rating system" following a rival ORC decision last week to launch its separate championship in 2022.  The international…
RL Sailing finishes at Cherbourg to record a five hour win in the Figaro 3 Two-Handed Division in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021
Afloat reported in August that the Irish duo of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee aboard RL Sailing had been denied a podium position in the Fastnet Race despite crossing the finishing line ahead of her class rivals. The Royal Ocean…

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