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Dr Deborah Fish is the new Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club
Members of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have elected Dr Deborah Fish, OBE, as the new Commodore of the London and Cowes-based Club with effect from 1st January 2024. She will take up the prestigious role from James Neville.…
A historic collection of silverware is awarded to RORC season winners
Wicklow Sailing Club's Kyran O'Grady flew the flag for the 2024 Round Ireland Race at last weekend's 2023 Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Annual Dinner and Prize Giving at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London. O'Grady was able to brief some…
September's ICRA National Championships kickstarts three weeks of top-class cruiser racing at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in 2024, with the J Cup Ireland and IRC European Championships also being staged by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club
In 2024, the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) in Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host a unique schedule of major sailing championships, promising three weeks of 'premiere keelboat racing', representing a major boost to sailing on the capital's waters.  ICRA Nationals 2024…
A number of IRC rule changes from 1 January 2024 relate to the rating and setting of sails
Following the international IRC Annual Congress last month, the 2024 IRC rule text is now published on the IRC website and includes changes that reflect what IRC says is its desire to listen to what sailors want and respond to…
Competitors in the 2023 IRC European Championship held in Cannes, France, enjoyed very close racing, with final positions decided on countback. The 2025 championships will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Ireland's coastal town of Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay is set to host the next IRC European Championship in September 2024, the 2023 international IRC Congress held in Paris heard recently. Irishman Michael Boyd, who chaired the Congress and is also…
The Maxi-Trimaran IDEC-Sport
Round the World Sailors Alexia Barrier and Dee Caffari gave the latest RORC Talk about ‘The Famous Project’ at the London Clubhouse, on the 10th of October. The live recording is now available. View the hour-long talk on RORC TV…
Racing in the 2022 Drheam Cup which saw 134 boats across multiple classes sail between Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and La Trinité-sur-Mer
The Notice of Race is now available for the fifth edition of the Drheam Cup, which will take place from 11-21 July 2024. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the competition’s three courses will be identical to the previous edition’s, between…
A high level of pressure on Dun Laoghaire’s facilities for cruiser-racer events will extend well into September 2024
It seems the sailing world has “recovered from recovering from the pandemic lockdowns”, as the world’s year-round programme of major events – particularly high-profile offshore challenges – swings back into top gear. Not that some of these events didn’t somehow…
Racing over three consecutive weekends, from August 30th to September 1st, the Royal Irish Yacht Club will stage the ICRA Nationals 2024, then the Key Yachting J-Cup Ireland 2024 and conclude with the IRC European Championships 2024 on 10th to 15th September
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will capitalise on its position as the leading Dun Laoghaire Harbour keelboat club when it hosts three major keelboat regattas in September 2024. Racing over three consecutive weekends, from August 30th to September 1st, the…
The IRC Euro Championships is open to all IRC-rated boats and Ireland's biggest IRC fleet is on Dublin Bay
London's Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has announced Dun Laoghaire as the venue for its IRC European Championships in 2024. While a host club has yet to be named, RORC's provisional programme 2024 says the eighth championship edition will be…
The Howth Grand Soleil 44 Samatom setting a flying jib and headsail in the coastal class of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023. IRC rule makers say carrying multiple headsails can give distinct advantages with flexibility in sail wardrobe for varying conditions and the ability to increase headsail area by multiple headsails set flying, particularly in a reaching configuration. In recognition of these advantages, from 2024, the number of headsails carried aboard will be counted and rated, subject to IRC Congress approval
A major rule change for 2024 seeks to ensure fair competition among IRC-rated boats with varying sail configurations and address sustainability issues and costs to owners. The IRC international rating system issues certificates for a huge variety of boat designs,…
Tim Goodhew and Kelvin Matthews in the Sun Fast 3200, Cora
It's been quite a year for Tim Goodhew and Kelvin Matthews racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora. After winning IRC Two-Handed and IRC Three for the 2023 RORC Season's Points Championship, Cora has become the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2023 IRC…
Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster was the RORC Channel Race winner
Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster has won the 2023 RORC Channel Race overall under IRC. The top three boats in IRC Two filled the overall race podium with less than four minutes between them after IRC time correction. Ian…
Fastnet Race IRC One winner Gilles Fournier and Corinne Migraine’s J/133 Pintia will compete in RORC's Channel Race
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Channel Race is set to take place on Saturday, August 12th, as part of the RORC Season's Points Championship. Although the number of participating boats will be significantly lower than the world record entry…
Max Klink (right) and tactician Adrian Stead (left) plus the Caro crew with the Rolex Fastnet Race overall winner's trophy - the Fastnet Challenge Cup. The winning crew on Caro are William Parker, Wade Morgan, Ryan Godfrey, Justin Ferris, Jono Swain, James Paterson, Harry Hall, Cian Guilfoyle, Andrew McCorquodale, Andy Green, Adrian Stead and owner Max Klink
Fastnet Race Day Five: Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro has been crowned overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race. After being confirmed as winner of IRC Zero yesterday, no other boat still racing on the 695 nautical mile course can…
Christian Zugel's Volvo 70 Tschüss 2 from Royal Cork and skippered by Howth's Johnny Mordaunt (foreground), has set a new offshore record in the RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race
Royal Cork Yacht Club member Christian Zugel, racing Volvo 70 Tschüss 2, skippered by Howth's Johnny Mordaunt, has set a new Monohull Race Record for the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race. Tschüss 2 completed the 151nm course in an elapsed time…

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