12 August 2018

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Aug 12 Start & LIVE Feed

Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 2018 - Start

RORC video above published Aug 12, 2018: The Sevenstar Yacht Transport Round Britain & Ireland Race 2018. A gruelling challenge around the British Isles tackled by some of the bravest offshore racing sailors. #SRBI

UPDATE Aug 15, 2018: "Big breeze has returned to the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race; the leading teams are blasting downwind along the wild west coast of Ireland as the chasing pack round the famous Fastnet Lighthouse, cracking sheets for Mizen Head. Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy leads the fleet but still has over 1,200 miles to go to take the prize. Racing under IRC for the overall race win, Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is the provisional leader. Ben Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex Sl Energies Group leads the IRC Two-Handed fleet." More info at link above.

LIVE TRACKER 15 Aug 2018 22:00 BST:
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UPDATE: Aug 14, 2018--Battle in the Celtic Sea--The cold front that brought tough conditions to the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race have now passed, with the fleet enjoying bright sunshine yesterday and a relatively calm second night at sea. However, the intensity on the race course has been ratcheted up with wind shifts providing opportunities to make gains and losses throughout the fleet. Looking further ahead, 25-30 knots of wind and a significant sea state are expected to affect the fleet in the Celtic Sea and on the West Coast of Ireland ... read more at link above.

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race start 12 August 2018: Twenty eight teams with crew from 18 different countries started the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at midday on Sunday 12th August, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, with cannon fire from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line signaling the start of one of the world's toughest yacht races. At the start a cold front from the Atlantic provided pewter skies and a gusting southerly wind, accompanied by rain. Several low pressure systems are forecast to give rough weather during the 1,805 nautical mile marathon.

Of the fully crewed yachts racing under IRC, Ross Applebey's British Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster got the best start. Once the fleet had left the Solent, Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra led the charge on the water, just ahead of Mark Emerson's A13 Phosphorus II. In IRC Two-handed, Conor Fogerty's Irish Bam! and Ian Hoddle's British Game On were locked in a duel that is likely to last for the entire race. The two Sun Fast 3600s have pulled away from the rest of the IRC Two Handed teams.

2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Preview

Video by Cahto Communications published Aug 13: Following the Skippers Briefing for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, over 140 crew members from 18 countries and 28 teams enjoyed a BBQ and farewell gathering at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse, Cowes. Ian Hoddle (Game On), Mike Golding (Phort-y), Charlene Howard (AJ Wanderlust), Gavin Howe (Tigris) and members of the crew from Phosphorus shared their thoughts on the eve of the 1,805nm gruelling race.

Official website: roundbritainandireland.rorc.org.

The Race ENTRIES: List by class here (pdf). More information here (pdf).

The race in numbers: 1 epic non-stop race; 1,805 nautical miles in length; 28 international entries; 11 x Class40s; 10 x Two Handed.

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