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Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) News and Results
The RORC offshore yacht racing fleet in the Western Solent
Offshore racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) returns to Europe on the 29th of April with the Cervantes Trophy Race, the traditional opening domestic race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, the world's largest offshore racing series. Starting…
The start of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The D2D  is an Irish showcase race of the 2023 series and one of 15 testing races that make up RORC's offshore championship
Since the 1940s, the Royal Ocean Racing Club has organised a season of multiple races and organised the first RORC Season’s Points Championship in 2000 using the IRC Rating System. The series quickly became, and still is, the largest racing…
Thirty-nine teams honed their techniques and skills to kick start their 2023 season in the RORC Easter Challenge
The RORC Easter Challenge, supported by North Sails featured seven races over three days, with the IRC Class winners announced at the Cowes RORC Clubhouse on Easter Sunday: Ian Atkins’ GP42 Dark ‘N’ Stormy, Simon Perry’s Cape 31 Jiraffe, Lance…
The fleet enjoyed exhilarating racing in the Solent on the second day of the RORC Easter Challenge
The second day of the RORC Easter Challenge on the Solent, supported by North Sails, featured three races for all IRC Classes. With building pressure during the day, the RORC fleet enjoyed exhilarating racing in the Solent. The RORC Race…
Kicking off the 2023 season - On the first day of the RORC Easter Challenge, crews made the most of the complimentary on-the-water coaching
A gentle start to day one of the RORC Easter Challenge had the RORC fleet basking in the spring sunshine and super-light conditions. The first day of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s training regatta featured an hour of practice starts…
The RORC Easter Challenge is not a championship, so the race team will set courses which are both windward leeward and round the cans. The competitors race their boats at every point of sail and hopefully in different wind conditions
Over 200 sailors are expected for the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Easter Challenge on the Solent this weekend. Three days of racing are organised in The Solent from Easter Friday to Easter Sunday. For over 20 years, the RORC has held…
The Female Offshore Mediterranean Two-Handed Championship by RAN 630 is organised by Yacht Club Livorno
The RORC invites applications for the Female Offshore Mediterranean Two-Handed Championship to be raced in the one-design Beneteau Figaro3. RORC members and non-members of any age are eligible for the championship. Sailors can apply as an individual or as a…
In 2024, Double-Handed Champion James Harayda will take on his first 'Everest of Ocean Racing', the solo 2024 Vendée Globe
Royal Ocean Racing Club member, and aspiring Vendee Globe Sailor, James Harayda is just 25 years old and already a two-time British Double Handed National Champion, racing with teammate Dee Caffari on Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo. In 2022, racing in…
IRC Rating logo
Is the IRC Rating system no longer fit for purpose? That’s what some in the sailing community feel, and they’ve been sharing their thoughts on the Afloat Magazine Facebook page. Commenting on our recent story noting the 91 IRC certs…
Yachts competing at the 2022 ICRA National Championships under the IRC rule
 In the first two months of this year, over 1300 new IRC 2023 certificates have been issued to boats from 24 different countries, with Irish certificates issued so far numbering 78 in the Republic and 13 in Northern Ireland. A…
Coaching and post-race briefings. Sign up now for the RORC Easter Challenge - supported by North Sails: 7th to 9th April 2023
Entry is open for the RORC Easter Challenge supported by North Sails. From 7th-9th April, the first UK regatta of the Royal Ocean Racing Club 2023 season has up to three inshore races per day scheduled over the Easter Bank…
Mixed sailing cruisers gather for the 2022 Cockle Island BC  Regatta on Belfast Lough
Handicap systems are sometimes the stuff of controversy. So what will transpire when Belfast Lough Yachting Conference replaces the NHC system with the Royal Ocean Racing Club YTC (Yacht Time Correction) system remains to be seen. Cockle Island Boat Club…
The successful IRC European Championship held in Breskens in 2022
The eighth IRC European Championship will be held from Monday, 29th May to Saturday, 3rd June 2023, in Cannes. As a major event of the international IRC season, the Cannes IRC European Championship 2023 aims to bring together more than…
A start of a RORC IRC National Championship race in 2022
The IRC rating Race Management Guidelines offer advice to event organisers for racing under RORC's IRC Rules for cruiser racing. They include guidance and suggestions that a race organiser may wish to consider and give suitable wording that may be…
An international fleet in the RORC Transatlantic Race is set to depart Marina Lanzarote on Sunday 8th January for the 3,000 mile race across the Atlantic Ocean
Near perfect, record conditions are forecast for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club de France. The international fleet is set to depart Marina Lanzarote on Sunday, 8th January. Weather forecasts are…
Steve Cole has been appointed the new RORC Racing Manager
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has announced the appointment of Steve Cole as the new Racing Manager from 1st January 2023, succeeding Chris Stone, who will continue as a consultant to the Race Management team for the new Nelson’s Cup…

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