2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Colombre XL at Muckle Flugga
RORC video above published Aug 18, 2018: Charles-louis Mourruau's Colombre XL (The Lost Boys) round Muckle Flugga in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The team rounded the most northerly part of the course which is on the 60th Parallel North, the same as Alaska.The video was taken by the Classic Yacht Mariette, thanks to Skipper Charlie Wroe.
(Aug 27): Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra is the overall winner of the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Pata Negra scored the best corrected time for yachts racing under the IRC Rating Rule for the 1,805 nautical mile non-stop race.
UPDATE 21 Aug 2018:
Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger, finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Monday 20th Aug at 22:39:20, less than six hours after Phil Sharp's record-setting Imerys Clean Energy. A huge welcome party greeted the youngest team in the race after they crossed the finish line, including RORC Commodore Steven Anderson, RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone, and Phil Sharp and his entire crew. Concise 8 had chased Imerys Clean Energy around the 1,805 nautical mile course until a broken forestay forced Concise 8 to reduce sail.
"If you race around this course you know it's going to be tough. You want to test yourself and test the boat, and we had everything that we had asked for. The crew and the boat was punished and we feel a real sense of achievement," said Trigger who is a Type-1 diabetic with a goal to compete in the Vendée Globe.
UPDATE 20 Aug 2018: Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy
has taken line honours
in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
in an elapsed time of 8 days 4 hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, winning the Class40 Division and setting a new world record in the race
for yachts 40ft or under (subject to ratification). The team smashed the previous record by 15 hours. The victorious Imerys Clean Energy crew: Phil Sharp, Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson were met on the dock by friends, family and fans of the race.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet, but it is just fantastic to take line honours, the win in the Class40s, and break the world record!" exclaimed an elated Phil Sharp. "This is definitely the toughest race in the northern hemisphere, harder than a transatlantic and all credit to the team who stuck at it and were exceptional, especially when the going got tough. You don't expect to do a race like this without breaking gear. We ripped our smaller spinnaker before halfway and for the last three days we have had no wind instruments, so it was back to old school feeling the breeze. During the race we saw real extremes of challenging weather conditions, from heavy downwind, to light upwind sailing, and although in our class we had other competitive boats that pushed us, it turned out to be very much a race of attrition. Many thanks to the Royal Ocean Racing Club for organising a fantastic race," continued Sharp.
Tony Lawson's Class40 Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger was 39 miles behind
as Imerys Clean Energy crossed the finish line. Concise 8 are expected to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race tonight, at approximately 21:00 BST Monday 20 August.
20 Aug 2018 19:15 BST:
Official website: roundbritainandireland.rorc.org
2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Concise 8 DAY 4
RORC video above published on Aug 16, 2018: Class40 Concise 8 has the youngest crew in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Tony Lawson's team of four led by Jack Trigger, are 23-25 years old. Ollie Mellor racing on board: “Awesome conditions, full on! We have a reef in and the A5 up and on deck it is as wet as hell, and not much drier below but we are just loving it! We have seen over 20 knots of boat speed off some big waves. Time to get two hours rest before we put another reef in before the gybe. We want that lead.”
UPDATE Aug 18, 2018:
Nineteen teams are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, sending passionate reports from the race course: roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/news/blogs
R&W, Campagne de France, Phosphorus II, Phort-y, Oman Sail, Esprit Scout, Bam!, Corum, Azawakh, Joanna of Cowes DNS.
The Race ENTRIES
: List by class here
(pdf). More information here
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.
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 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 17, 2018:
Six days into the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, the two leading Class40s have rounded Out Stack off Muckle Flugga, the most northerly part of the 1,805 nautical mile course. Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy leads the charge south. Jack Trigger's young team on Concise 8 poses the biggest threat, and Nicolas Troussel's new French Class40 Corum has retired from the race having collided with a shark. Read more here
UPDATE 16 Aug 2018
UPDATE Aug 15, 2018
: Raging north in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Tough conditions have continued for the fleet racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, with competitors reporting 30 knots of wind gusting to 35, with 3-4 metre waves in a confused sea state. As the front runners reach the halfway point, the battle for line honours is raging north of the Outer Hebrides. Class40 Concise 8 skippered by Jack Trigger moved up to second place yesterday and briefly took pole position during the night. However, Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy fought back to regain the lead as the team passed the remote island of Sula Sgeir. Nicolas Troussel's Corum is less than a mile behind Concise 8. Giles Redpath's Pata Negra is still the provisional overall leader after IRC time correction, but Ben Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex Sl Energies Group has closed the gap. Read more at link above.
: "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.
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.
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