Fastnet Race

The Fastnet Race is a famous biennial offshore yacht race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom, named after the Fastnet Rock, which the race course rounds. Generally considered one of the classic offshore races, 'Fastnet' is a difficult contest testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential. From its inception, the Fastnet Race has proven highly influential in the growth of offshore racing, and remains closely linked to advances in yacht design, sailing technique and safety equipment.

The Fastnet Race has been sponsored by the Swiss watch manufacturing company Rolex since 2001. The Race prize is known as the Fastnet Challenge Cup.

Fastnet Race
Fastnet Race 2011 Official Logo
Official logo of the 2011 Fastnet Race.
First held1925
StartCowes
FinishPlymouth
ChampionLann Ael 2
Concise 10 (line honours)
Websitehttp://fastnet.rorc.org

Description

The Fastnet Race takes place every two years over a course of 608 nautical miles (1,126 km). The race starts off Cowes 50°45′34″N 1°18′1″W / 50.75944°N 1.30028°W on the Isle of Wight on the south coast of England at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Leaving The Solent through The Needles Channel, the race follows the southern coastline of England westward down the English Channel, before rounding Land's End. After crossing the Celtic Sea, the race rounds the Fastnet Rock 51°23′22″N 9°36′08″W / 51.38944°N 9.60222°W off the southwest coast of Ireland. Returning on a largely reciprocal course, the race rounds the Isles of Scilly before finishing at Plymouth 50°22′17″N 4°8′33″W / 50.37139°N 4.14250°W.

The Fastnet is a challenging race. Taking place in August, the race is often provided with Westerlies that are strong to gale force in strength. The succession of low pressure systems which advance on Ireland and Britain across the North Atlantic Ocean provide a constantly moving weather pattern for which Fastnet navigators must plan. These depressions are mostly centered north of the English Channel. Knowledge of where meteorological disturbances are likely to occur, and how best to use them, is the keynote to success in the race.

Coastal landmarks passed along the route include: The Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, The Lizard, Land's End, the Fastnet Rock, Bishop's Rock off the Scillies and Plymouth breakwater.

History

Weston Martyr, a British yachtsman, conceived the idea of the race after having competed in Bermudan yacht races. Entered by seven vessels, the inaugural Fastnet Race was won by Jolie Brise in 1925.

The International Offshore Rule (IOR) was introduced in 1973, and the yachts and crews began taking sponsorships.

1979 Fastnet Race

A severe storm during the 1979 race resulted in the deaths of eighteen people (fifteen competing yachtsmen and three rescuers) and the involvement of some 4,000 others in what became the largest ever rescue operation in peacetime. This led to a major overhaul of the rules and the equipment required for the competition.[1][2] Several books have since been written about the 1979 race, which remains notorious in the yachting world for its loss of life.[1][3][4] In the 1979 race, "15 sailors died, five boats sank, and at least 75 boats flipped upside down".[2]

Capsize of Drum (1985)

The race drew further attention from outside the sport in 1985 when the maxi yacht Drum capsized after the keel sheared off due to a design error. The boat was helmed by the New Zealander Phil Holland, brother of its designer Ron Holland. Pop star Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran, co-owner and crew member of Drum, was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy. The Search and Rescue Diver was Petty Officer Air Crewman (POACMN) Larry "Scouse" Slater of 771 Naval Air Squadron who appeared on This Is Your Life on 9 April 1986.[5]

2005 Fastnet Race

The 2005 Race was sponsored by Rolex and organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club with the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth.

2007 Fastnet Race

The RORC in 2007 set an entry limit of 300 boats for the first time. The start of the 2007 Race was postponed by 25 hours, due to a severe weather warning. This was the first time this had been done in the race's 83-year history. Overnight gale force winds and resulting extreme seas forced over three-quarters of the boats to retire, sheltering in ports along the south coast of England, including Torbay, Plymouth and Weymouth.

By 10:00hrs on 16 August, 207 boats of the 271-strong field had retired with at least three suffering rig problems.[6] [7]

Despite the conditions, Mike Slade's Icap Leopard 3, launched in June 2007, set a new record of 44 hours 18 min, taking almost 9 hours off the previous record set in 1999. Ger O'Rourke's Chieftain was the overall winner on corrected time.

2011 Fastnet Race

A record number of 320 boats entered the 2011 race – the largest total since the ill-fated 1979 race (303 entries). A total of nineteen nations were represented, with the bulk of entries still from Britain and France.

In 2011, the 100-foot maxi yacht Rambler 100[8] turtled after her keel broke off between Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy (a temporary race mark placed southwest of the Fastnet Rock[9]). All 21 crew were rescued safely. Sixteen were rescued from the upturned hull, by the RNLI Baltimore Lifeboat[10] Hilda Jarrett. A further 5 crewmembers, including the owner/skipper George David, had floated away from the vessel, but managed to link themselves together. They were in the water for approximately 2.5 hours, before being rescued by a Baltimore based diving vessel, Wave Chieftain. One of these crewmembers, Wendy Touton, suffered hypothermia and was taken by helicopter to Tralee General Hospital.[11] Four crew-members had been below decks at the time of capsize and were not adequately dressed for egress into the sea. All uninjured crew were taken to Baltimore.[12] The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Aoife remained with the hull, worth $10,000,000 before the capsize, before it was towed to Barleycove by the Castletownbere-based tug Ocean Bank.[13][14]

The Fastnet Monohull Race record was set,42hrs 39min, by Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi, skippered by Ian Walker.

2013 Fastnet Race

Plymouth Yacht Haven was selected as host port RORC Increased the number of entries to meet demands. With the entry limit of 300 filled within 24 hours, over 100 boats on the waiting list and entries from multihulls, IMOCA 60s and Class 40s still coming in, demand for places in 2013's Fastnet Race has been at its highest level thus far.[15]

Winners (the following results are to be considered provisional): IRC Overall: Night And Day, a JPK 10.10 owned by Pascal Loison; MOCRA Multihull: Oman Air - Musandam, a MOD 70 owned by Sidney Gavignet.

2015 Fastnet Race

The 340-boat registration limit was reached in 4 minutes and 24 seconds setting a new record.

Winners:[16][17]

IRC Overall: Courrier Du Leon, a JPK 10.10 owned by Géry Trentesaux.

MOCRA Multihull: Spindrift 2 a VPLP owned by Yann Guichard & Dona Bertarelli.

Line Honours: 2 Days 15 Hours 42 Minutes - Comanche - VPLP/Verdier 100 Super Maxi Owned by Jim & Kristy Hinze Clark, Skippered by Ken Read

2017 Fastnet Race

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Yachts racing off Cowes at the start of the 2017 Fastnet Race.

The 2017 Fastnet Race started on 6 August 2017 and featured all 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race Teams. Yachts longer than 100 feet were also be allowed to race.[18]

Winners:[19]

IRC Overall: Lann Ael 2, a JNA 39 owned by Didier Gaudoux.

MOCRA Multihull: Concise 10 a MOD 70 owned by Tony Lawson.

Line Honours: 1 Day 18 hours and 55 minutes - Concise 10 - MOD 70 owned by Tony Lawson, Skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield.

2019 Fastnet Race

The 2019 Fastnet Race will start on 3 August 2019.[20]

Race records

Monohull vessels

The monohull race record is 42hrs 39min, set by Ian Walker's Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE) in 2011. The other two Volvo Open 70 participating in the 2011 Fastnet Race (Groupama 4 and Team Sanya) also broke the previous record, which had been set by ICAP Leopard in 2007.

Multihull vessels

The multihull race record is currently held by the 130-foot trimaran Banque Populaire V, skippered by Loïck Peyron, with a total elapsed time of 32hrs, 48min (an average speed of 18.5 knots),[21] set in 2011. Peyron held the previous multihull record, set in 1999 in the 60-foot ORMA trimaran Fujcolor II of 40hrs, 27min.[21]

Winners

Corrected time

Year Yacht Owner Designer
1925 United Kingdom Jolie Brise Lt Cdr E. G. Martin Alexandre Pâris
1926 United Kingdom Ilex Royal Engineers Charles E. Nicholson
1927 United Kingdom Tally Ho Lord Stalbridge Albert Strange
1928 United States Niña Paul Hammond Starling Burgess
1929 United Kingdom Jolie Brise Lt Cdr E. G. Martin Alexandre Pâris
1930 United Kingdom Jolie Brise Lt Cdr E. G. Martin Alexandre Pâris
1931 United States Dorade Roderick Stephens Sr Sparkman & Stephens
1933 United States Dorade Roderick Stephens Sr Sparkman & Stephens
1935 United States Stormy Weather Philip LeBoutillier Sparkman & Stephens
1937 Netherlands Zeearend Kees Bruynzeel Sparkman & Stephens
1939 United Kingdom Bloodhound Ike Bell Camper and Nicholsons
1947 United Kingdom Myth of Malham Capt. J. H.Illingworth John Laurent Giles
1949 United Kingdom Myth of Malham Capt. J. H.Illingworth John Laurent Giles
1951 United Kingdom Yeoman Owen Aisher Camper and Nicholsons
1953 United Kingdom Favona Sir Michael Newton Robert Clark
1955 United States Carina Dick Nye Philip Rhodes
1957 United States Carina Dick Nye Philip Rhodes
1959 Sweden Anitra Sven Hansen Sparkman & Stephens
1961 Netherlands Zwerver II Otto van der Vorm Sparkman & Stephens
1963 United Kingdom Clarion of Wight Derek Boyer DFC Sparkman & Stephens
1965 United States Rabbit Dick Carter Dick Carter
1967 France Pen Duick III Éric Tabarly Éric Tabarly
1969 United States Red Rooster Dick Carter Dick Carter
1971 Australia Ragamuffin Syd Fischer Sparkman & Stephens
1973 Brazil Saga Erling Lorentzen Sparkman & Stephens
1975 United Kingdom Golden Delicious Richard & Harvey Bagnall Ron Holland
1977 United States Imp David Allen Ron Holland
1979 United States Tenacious Ted Turner Sparkman & Stephens
1981 Belgium Mordicus Taylor and Volterys Mauric/Gaubert
1983 Netherlands Shamrock Maller & Snoeren Hellevoetsluis
1985 United Kingdom Panda Peter Whipp Philippe Briand
1987 United Kingdom Juno III M Peacock Rob Humphries
1989 United States Great News John Calvert-Jones/Tom Blackaller Farr Yacht Design
1991 United Kingdom Min-O-Din John Humphries/Matt Humphries David Thomas
1995 Sweden Nicorette Ludde Ingvall Ribadeau-Dumas/Simonis Voogd
1997 Sweden Royal Blue Gunnar Ekdahl Ribadeau-Dumas/Simonis Voogd
1999 France Whirlpool-Europe 2 Catherine Chabaud Marc Lombard
2001 Netherlands Tonnerre de Breskens Piet Vroon Lutra Design Group
2003 United Kingdom Nokia Charles Dunstone Reichel/Pugh
2005 France Iromiguy Jean-Yves Chateau Ron Holland
2007 Republic of Ireland Chieftain Ger O'Rourke Farr Yacht Design
2009 United Kingdom Rán 2 Niklas Zennström Judel Vrolijk
2011 United Kingdom Rán 2 Niklas Zennström Judel Vrolijk
2013 France Night and Day Pascal Loison Jacques Valer
2015 France Courrier Du Leon Géry Trentesaux Jacques Valer
2017 France Lann Ael 2 Didier Gaudoux Joubert-Nivelt

Line honours

Year Yacht Owner Designer Elapsed Time
1925 United Kingdom Jolie Brise Lt Cdr E. G. Martin Alexandre Pâris 6d 3h
1926 United Kingdom Hallowe'en Col J. F. N. Baxendale William Fife 3d 19h 5m
1927 United States La Goleta R. St.L. Beverley Alden
1928 United States Niña Paul Hammond & others Starling Burgess
1929 United Kingdom Jolie Brise Bobby Somerset Alexandre Pâris
1930 United Kingdom Jolie Brise Bobby Somerset Alexandre Pâris
1931 United Kingdom Patience H. E. West Charles Nicholson
1935 United Kingdom Kismet III William Fife
1937 United Kingdom Bloodhound Isaac Bell Charles Nicholson
1939 Nazi Germany Nordwind Kriegsmarine 3d 16h 23m
1947 United Kingdom Latifa Michael Mason William Fife
1949 United Kingdom Latifa Michael Mason William Fife
1951 Sweden Circe [Carl Hardeberg] Sparkman & Stephens
1953 United Kingdom Bloodhound Isaac Bell Charles Nicholson
1955 Spain Mare Nostrum Sparkman & Stephens
1961 Netherlands Stormvogel Cornelius "Cees" Bruynzeel van de Stadt
1965 France Gitana IV E. de Rothschild 3d 9h 40m
1971 United States American Eagle Ted Turner
1977 Australia Ballyhoo Jack Rooklyn
1979 Bermuda Condor of Bermuda Bob Bell John Sharp 2d 23h 25m
1981 Bermuda Condor Bob Bell Ron Holland
1983 Bermuda Condor Bob Bell Ron Holland
1985 United States Nirvana Marvin Green Dave Pedrick 2d 12h 34m
1989 New Zealand Steinlager II Peter Blake Bruce Farr
1993 Spain Galicia '93 Pescanova Bruce Farr
1995 Sweden Nicorette Ludde Ingvall Ribadeau-Dumas/Simonis Voogd
1997 Europe BIL
1999 New Zealand RF Yachting Ross Field Bruce Farr 2d 5h 8m
2001 Italy Stealth Gianni Agnelli German Frers 2d 10h 58m
2003 New Zealand Alfa Romeo I Neville Chrichton Reichel/Pugh 2d 9h 2m 0s
2005 New Zealand Maximus EBS Yachting Greg Elliott 2d 20h 2m 7s
2007 United Kingdom ICAP Leopard 3 Mike Slade Bruce Farr 1d 20h 18m 53s
2009 United Kingdom ICAP Leopard 3 Mike Slade Bruce Farr 2d 11h 9m 36s
2011 France Banque Populaire V Loick Peyron VPLP 1d 8h 48m 46s
2013 France Spindrift 2 Yann Guichard & Dona Bertarelli VPLP 1d 14h 53m 58s
2015 France Spindrift 2 Yann Guichard & Dona Bertarelli VPLP 2d 10h 57m 41s
2017 United Kingdom Concise 10 Ned Collier Wakefield VPLP 1d 18h 55m 00s

See also

References

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External links

1979 Fastnet race

The 1979 Fastnet Race was the twenty-eighth Royal Ocean Racing Club's Fastnet Race, a yachting race held generally every two years since 1925 on a 605-mile course from Cowes direct to the Fastnet Rock and then to Plymouth via south of the Isles of Scilly. In 1979, it was the climax of the five-race Admiral's Cup competition, as it had been since 1957.

A worse-than-expected storm on the third day of the race wreaked havoc on over 303 yachts that started the biennial race, resulting in 19 fatalities (15 yachtsmen and 4 spectators). Emergency services, naval forces, and civilian vessels from around the west side of the English Channel were summoned to aid what became the largest ever rescue operation in peace-time. This involved some 4,000 people including the entire Irish Naval Service's fleet, lifeboats, commercial boats, and helicopters.

Alfa Romeo I

Alfa Romeo I (formerly Shockwave, Rambler, currently La Bête) is a 27.43-metre (90.0 ft) fixed keel maxi yacht, launched 2002, which placed first in the 2002 Sydney-Hobart race and the 2003 Giraglia Rolex cup regatta.

She was designed by Reichel/Pugh, and built by McConaghy Boats, Sydney, Australia using carbon fibre composite construction. Southern Spars of Auckland, New Zealand built her mast. She has a fixed bulb keel. Launched in July 2002, she won the 2003 Giraglia Rolex Cup regatta, one of Europe's most prestigious regattas. She was first to finish in the 2003 Fastnet race, although she did not win on handicapped time. In 2002, she was first to finish in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. She was first to finish in at least 74 races around the world.

Banque Populaire V

Banque Populaire V is an offshore-racing trimaran and Team Banque Populaire's fifth boat designed to set oceanic records. She was launched on 4 October 2008 in Nantes, France.

With her 40 m (130 ft) length, she is currently the largest racing trimaran in the world. Her current skipper is Yann Guichard. Her previous skippers are Loick Peyron and Pascal Bidégorry. Her original sponsor was the French bank Banque Populaire. Currently she is owned by Dona Bertarelli & Spindrift Racing and sponsored by Mirabaud Group, Zenith and Genes-X.

Bloodhound (yacht)

Bloodhound is a 19.2-metre (63 ft) ocean racing yacht. She was designed by Charles E. Nicholson and built by Camper and Nicholsons in 1936. From 1962 to 1969 she was owned by the British Royal Family and in January 2010 she was purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust.

Camper Lifelovers

Camper Lifelovers is a Volvo Open 70 yacht. She finished second in the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race skippered by Chris Nicholson.

Condor (yacht)

Condor is a maxi sailing yacht designed for racing and built in 1981 by Killian Bushe at Kiwi Boats U.K.,in Penryn Penryn, England. She was registered in Hamilton, Bermuda during her 7-year ocean racing campaign and her sail number is KB-80. She is not to be confused with her predecessor Condor of Bermuda (KB-78) (aka. Heath's Condor-K-707), also owned and campaigned by Bob Bell.

Condor was "probably the most famous Maxi ever, winning every major ocean racing event Twice" according to her present owners, Prosail, the overnight adventure charter outfit in Australia's Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef.

Condor of Bermuda

Condor of Bermuda was a maxi yacht campaigning under the leadership and funding of London-based international businessman Bob Bell. Originally called Condor but renamed Heath's Condor for the 1977–78 Whitbread Round the World Race after Bell's association with Heath's Insurance Co (London). There is no link with former British prime minister Edward Heath of Morning Cloud yachting fame. Condor was then later renamed Condor of Bermuda, as government policy in the UK during the 1970s effectively exiled the financing of such a campaign by making the funding and domiciling of such an endeavour from the home countries a practical impossibility.

Condor of Bermuda is a polished mahogany race boat; and is often confused with its successor, Condor (sometimes referred to as Condor II , which was of Kevlar and composite construction, and slightly larger, due to IOR rule changes. The two boats were colloquially known as The Grand Piano and Plastic Condor or the Brown Bus by those who had sailed on both.

Condor of Bermuda was a maxi yacht campaigning from 1977 to approximately 1983.

Dorade (yacht)

Dorade is a yacht designed in 1929 by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens and built 1929–1930 by the Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, New York.

Dorade went on to place 2nd in the Bermuda Race later that year. The crew for its first race received the All-Amateur Crew Prize. However, it would be a win in the Transatlantic Race that would bring the boat its name. She completed a race that takes an estimated 3–4 weeks in just 17 days, earning her crew a parade upon the ship's return and a reception for Olin Stephens hosted by the mayor of New York.

Olin Stephens, the designer, was skipper through 1932 when he handed the boat to his brother, Rod Stephens. Led by Rod, Dorade sailed to victory in the 1932 Bermuda Race. From Bermuda, Dorade sailed back to Norway, down to Cowes, England, and finally back to America after winning the Fastnet Race. The victory of the 1932 Fastnet Race was of substantial significance given the unusually severe weather, several ships feared missing as well as one recorded drowning among the events that unfolded.

In 2013, Dorade took first place (after applying her handicap) in the Trans-Pacific race that she had won in 1936.

Drum (yacht)

Drum is a maxi yacht owned by Scottish car sales group Arnold Clark Automobiles, formerly co-owned by lead singer of Duran Duran Simon Le Bon who was rescued from the vessel while competing in 1985 Fastnet Race.

Galicia '93 Pescanova

Galicia '93 Pescanova is a Volvo Ocean 60 yacht. She finished third in the W60 class of the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race skippered by Javier Gandara.

ICAP Leopard 3 (yacht)

ICAP Leopard 3 is a 30-metre IRC maxi yacht owned and skippered by Helical Bar plc CEO Michael Slade, who has owned maxi yachts for over 22 years. She features a canting keel, water ballast and twin daggerboards amidships.

ICAP Leopard 3 holds several records for powered sailing monohulls (WSSRC rule 21c), including the transatlantic passage from Ambrose Light to Lizard Point in 2008 and Round the Island Race in 2013 (all surpassed by records for manual power monohulls set by other vessels in compliance with WSSRC rule 21b). She won line honours in the Middle Sea Race in 2009 and the Fastnet race in 2009 and 2011.

The yacht's homeport is Southampton and she is available for charter for races, cruises and corporate events, mainly in the English Channel.

J/30

The J/30 is a racer/cruiser sailing Keelboat developed to provide more comfort for coastal cruising while maintaining a high level of sailing performance to make for a competitive racer.Although the majority of boats are located on the United States east coast, there are fleets across the country and J/30's can be found around the world. Built to be competitive around the buoys, there are active fleets from the gulf coast to the north east which hold regular One-Design racing, culminating in a North American Championship held in the fall of every year.

Jolie Brise

Jolie Brise is a gaff-rigged pilot cutter built and launched by the Albert Paumelle Yard in Le Havre in 1913 to a design by Alexandre Pâris. After a short career as a pilot boat, owing to steam replacing sail, she became a fishing boat.

Bought by Evelyn George Martin in 1923 she was refitted and won the first Fastnet race from seven starters in August 1925. In 1927 Martin sold Jolie Brise, through an advertisement in Yachting World to Captain Warren Ferrier and his partner Dr Brownlow Smith.

An engine and an additional cabin were fitted at Morgan Giles's yard at Teignmouth. Bobby Somerset, a founder member of the Ocean Racing Club - as was Martin, purchased her in 1928. After competing in the Fastnet, Bermuda and Santander races he sold her four years later to Lt. John Gage RNR.

His ownership was only for a year and it seems that in 1934 she was purchased by an American, Mr Stanley Mortimer. Alterations, mostly to the living accommodation were made at a yard in Palma, Majorca and a Gardner diesel was fitted in Marseilles. After cruising the Mediterranean Sea, and with war in the offing Jolie Brise returned to Southampton and was put up for sale.

She was bought by William Stannard but requisitioned by the Royal Navy who laid her up on a mud berth at Shoreham for the duration of the war. In 1945 she was bought by a syndicate headed by Lillian and Jim Worsdell and her name was changed to Pleasant Breeze.

A voyage to New Zealand was aborted and when she put into Lisbon she was acquired by a Portuguese syndicate headed by Luis Lobato. Repaired and refitted, she was once again listed as Jolie Brise. For nearly 30 years her home port remained Lisbon but in 1975, partly because of the political situation in Portugal, she returned to the Solent, 50 years after her first Fastnet win.

In 1977 she was bought by the Dauntsey's School to serve as the flagship of its sailing club.

Jolie Brise was one of a number of prestigious vessels to be moored along the route of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Due to her size, she was not part of the flotilla of vessels, and was instead moored with other vessels at St Katharine Docks.

The boat is currently skippered by Toby Marris, and has the capacity to carry up to eight students ages 14 and over for local and international cruising and racing trips.

Nicorette (1989 yacht)

Nicorette (also known as Charles Jourdan, Royal Blue) is a maxi yacht designed by Guy Ribadeau-Dumas and built by MAG-Nordhal Mabire.

Ragamuffin 100

Scallywag, (formerly Ragamuffin 100, Loyal, Maximus) is 100 ft maxi yacht which was built by TP Cookson for Charles St. Clair Brown; The boat was designed by Greg Elliott and Clay Oliver and launched in Auckland in February 2005.Her carbonfiber design has a very high power-to-weight ratio, she is rigged with a carbonfiber rotating mast and has a canting keel. Due to the unprecedented performance of the boat when built, the design includes several safety features including crash bars and a high deck sides to reduce high-speed deck wash. She can function without any auxiliary power.

Royal Ocean Racing Club

The Royal Ocean Racing Club is a gentleman's club in London. It was established in 1925 as the Ocean Racing Club, as a result of a race to the Fastnet Rock from Cowes, finishing in Plymouth. The RORC is the principal organiser of offshore yacht races in the United Kingdom, including the Fastnet Race, the Admiral's Cup and the Commodores' Cup. RORC was founded to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined.In co-operation with the French offshore racing club, UNCL, RORC is responsible for IRC, the principal international handicap system for yacht racing.

Steinlager 2

Steinlager 2 is a yacht. Skippered by Peter Blake, she won the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race and line honours in the 1989 Fastnet Race. She was the only yacht to ever win all six legs of the Whitbread Round the World Race.The crew included Brad Butterworth, Tony Rae, Kevin Shoebridge, Godfrey Cray, Ross Field, Graham Fleury, Barry McKay, Mark Orams, Dean Phipps, Mike Quilter, Cole Sheehan, Glen Sowry, Craig Watson and Donald Wright.

Stormy Weather (yacht)

Stormy Weather is a 54 feet (16 m) ocean-racing yawl that was designed by Olin Stephens when he was only twenty-five, and launched from the Henry B. Nevins yard in New York on 14 May 1934.

She was named after the song of the same name, written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Her first owner, Philip LeBoutillier, was President of the Best & Co. department store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Apocryphally, he first heard the song sung by Lena Horne, while he was dining at The Montauk Manor resort on Long Island in 1933, and promptly chose the name for his new boat.

In 1935 she won both the Newport-Bergen Transatlantic race and the Fastnet race. She later won the Miami-Nassau race on five occasions, every year from 1937 to 1941, under the ownership of Bob Johnson until 1939, and thereafter of Bill Labrot. She has raced continuously to the present day, now competing in the Panerai Classic Yacht series in the Mediterranean.

An evolution from his equally famous Dorade (1929), Stormy Weather, Sparkman & Stephens design #27, was often named by Olin Stephens as one of his favorite designs. The most obvious part of this evolution was an increase in beam of some twenty per cent, due to the introduction of a "narrow beam penalty" in the 1934 Cruising Club of America handicap rules. Sparkman & Stephens later created many successful variants of the same basic design, such as the sloop Sonny, and the larger and smaller yawls Bolero and Loki.

Stormy Weather has crossed the Atlantic thirty six times, and undergone two major restorations, one in the Caribbean the early 1980s, and most recently at the Cantiere Navale dell' Argentario in 2000-2001.

In 1995, Stormy Weather was still competitive enough to place sixth overall in the Fastnet race, the sixtieth anniversary of her victory. Stormy Weather raced again in the Fastnet in 2015 to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of her victory. On this occasion she placed eleventh overall and fourth in her class. The boat was completely restored in 2001 at the shipyard of Argentario, in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. Olin Stephens last raced on Stormy Weather at Argentario, in 2007, when he was 98 years old.

UFO 34

UFO 34 is a cruising and racing fibreglass monohull sailboat class. It is a sloop based on a design by Holman and Pye. The design features a spade rudder and a Bermuda rig with a large, overlapping headsail. Over 150 UFO 34's have been built both in the United Kingdom and Australia.The UFO 34 is a seaworthy yacht for offshore voyages, including extreme weather conditions, which also performs well in yacht racing. UFO 34 yachts competed both in the disastrous 1979 Fastnet and 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht races, where lives and yachts were lost in the extreme conditions. UFO 34's performed effectively in both races, winning class IV in the Fastnet race and retiring without incident in the Sydney to Hobart.

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