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Sydney-Hobart Race - A battle of 100 foot giants FULL STORY HERE

Five IRC supermaxis (measuring 100ft, or 30.48m, in length), out of a decade-record of 118 sailing yachts, have signed up to enter the seventieth Sydney to Hobart race in Australia on Boxing Day. Among these is the brand new 100ft American raider Comanche, designed by French designers VPLP and Guillaume Verdier.

Click image for a larger image - © François Chevalier, December 2014

Francois Chevalie
20 December 2014 8:39 GMT
Offshore

RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 finishes FULL STORY HERE

Nigel Passmore's British J/133, Apollo 7, crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 18:45:15 UTC on Monday 15 December 2014 with an elapsed time of 15 days, 08 hours, 45 minutes and 15 seconds. After time correction, Apollo 7 is leading IRC Two.

Apollo 7Click image for a larger image

G New
16 December 2014 14:06 GMT
Offshore

RORC Transatlantic Race - Oakcliff Racing finish FULL STORY HERE

Class40, Oakcliff Racing ghosted into Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina to a warm welcome and a case of cold beer, as a huge welcoming party cheered the team onto the dock. Oakcliff Racing skippered by Hobie Ponting and sailed by an all-American crew, crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 23:15:41 UTC on Friday 12 December 2014, with an elapsed time of 12 days, 13 hours, 15 minutes and 41 seconds. Oakcliff Racing is the current leader for IRC One and lying second overall in the RORC Transatlantic Race.

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Louay Habib
13 December 2014 17:34 GMT
Offshore

Lupa of London takes RORC line Honours FULL STORY HERE

It was a tired but elated crew on Lupa of London, Jeremy Pilkington's British Baltic 78, that crossed the finish line of the inaugural 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada Thursday at 11:38:55 UTC. They completed the course in an elapsed time of 11 days, 01 hour, 38 minutes and 55 seconds. Southern Wind 94 Windfall also finished at 14:53:48 just over three hours behind Lupa of London. The Russian team, skippered by Fabrizio Oddone, will be delighted to have completed the race after 11 days at sea.

Lupa of LondonClick image for a larger image

Louay Habib
11 December 2014 18:45 GMT
Offshore

Titanic Duel for Line Honours in RORC Transatlantic Race FULL STORY HERE

After 10 days of intense racing across the Atlantic, the two leading Maxi yachts are virtually side by side, racing the last few hundred miles to the finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall, skippered by Fabrizio Oddone, and Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London, are locked in a titanic duel for Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race.

Denis Villotte's JNP 12 Biquille, Serenade (FRA)Click image for a larger image

Louay Habib
9 December 2014 17:22 GMT
Offshore

RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 9 FULL STORY HERE

In the continued close battle for Line Honours and the IMA Trophy, the Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall, skippered by Fabrizio Oddone, has extended her lead to over 70 miles on Jeremy Pilkington's RP78, Lupa of London. Windfall is currently expected to make the finish line of Camper and Nicholsons' Port Louis Marina, Grenada, on Wednesday 10 December, with Lupa of London a few hours behind.

The Russian Southern Wind 94, WindfallClick image for a larger image

Louay Habib
8 December 2014 15:00 GMT
Offshore

RORC Transatlantic Race - Battle for Line Honours FULL STORY HERE

In the battle for Line Honours and the IMA Trophy, Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall skippered by Fabrizio Oddone has opened up a 25 mile lead on Jeremy Pilkington's RP78, Lupa of London. Yesterday morning, Windfall was the most northerly yacht but in a game of cat and mouse, Lupa of London gybed north of their rivals. Windfall responded with a covering gybe but is now the more southerly of the two yachts. Both yachts covered about 250 miles in the last 24 hours and more wind is expected to arrive today.


Louay Habib
7 December 2014 9:31 GMT
Offshore

RORC Transatlantic Race - The North-South Divide FULL STORY HERE

The current weather situation for the RORC Transatlantic fleet is that the unusual northerly winds, which battered the Puerto Calero Marina at the start, have continued, contributing to the north easterly winds currently experienced by the fleet. Caused by the "Azores High" pressure system, this is expected to move gradually south over the next few days.

Swan 68, YacanaClick image for a larger image

Louay Habib
5 December 2014 18:24 GMT
Offshore

RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 5 FULL STORY HERE

"Go south until the butter melts" - is a mantra that has been followed by transat sailors for many years, but with modern-day racing yachts, sophisticated weather routing and access to high resolution weather forecasts, this rudimentary rule can be expanded and, at times, left on the side plate. After five days and four nights at sea, the front runners in the RORC Transatlantic Race are approaching halfway. The rest of the fleet are behind them, some as much as 500 miles.

Jack Bouttell, Artemis Offshore Academy graduate and Figaro sailorClick image for a larger image

G New
4 December 2014 20:34 GMT