Tuesday 14th August 2018
Twenty-eight teams with crew from 18 different countries have started the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
The cannon fire from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line signalled the start of one of the world’s toughest yacht races. For the start at midday on Sunday 12th August, 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.
With notable results in the Volvo Round Ireland Race earlier this year with “British Soldier” X-41 coming 2nd in IRC Class 2, we are excited to watch and follow the Army Sailing Association in this year’s edition of SEVENSTAR ROUND BRITAIN AND IRELAND RACE with a crew of service men and women from the British Army, Andrew Britton will skipper X-41 British Soldier.
Track the X-41 team HERE
British Solider Race Start Experience.
“So we started at 1200 rather conservatively with the jib top and Genoa staysail up in 15 kts of breeze and building. The start was fantastic and so good to see so many supporters. At the fort we hardened up and settled down into a lumpy upwind sail round the island. As I write the wind has settled and we are just off Portland Bill. We have had dinner and getting into night routine after a fairly wet do windy start to the RBI. Scarlet Oyster are Sailing really well ahead of us and we are doing everything we can to reel them in!
There has been some dozing on the rail but we are now into a rolling watch system of effectively 4 on 3 off. Thanks for all the well wishes and support, it really makes a difference. Team Army”
- Photographs by Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Minisite
The first ever RORC Round Britain and Ireland started on 5th June 1976 in which boats were split into 2 divisions; Division I was a non-stop race and Division II a race with stops (Southsea - Crookhaven - Stornoway - Blyth - Southsea). In total there were 25 competitors starting the race (15 - Division I, 10 - Division II). The non-stop race was won by Electron II (R.N.S.A) and the stopping race by Morningtown (R G Hill).
In 1980 the race started on 5 July and was run as a completely non-stop race attracting 13 starters with Chica Tica II (Carlo di Mottola Balestra) taking line and overall honours.
Both the 1992 and 1994 race included stops in the race. With the legs consisting of the following: Leg 1 - Cowes to Cork, Leg 2 - Cork to Lerwick, Leg 3 - Lerwick to Hartlepool, Leg 4 - Hartlepool to Cowes. The winner of the 1992 race was Deerstalker (Michael Taylor-Jones) and the 1994 race by Norma (Hans Peter Baum). The 1992 race attracted a higher number of entrants (28) than 1994 (15).
Criterion headlined as title sponsor for the race in 2000 which coincided with the 75th Anniversary of the RORC. Sixteen boats in total set off on 20 August with Incisor of Wight (Windward Sailing) taking overall honour for the race.