First organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in 1976, the 1,805nm Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race is a yacht race of epic proportions.
Held every 4 years, the next edition will start on Sunday 7th August 2022 from the RYS line, Cowes.
3 times longer than the Rolex Fastnet Race, the course sends the competing teams around a myriad of headlands with tidal strategies and coupled with the notorious British and Irish weather, the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race is arguably the toughest pro-am race in the World.
This race is a World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Category 1 race with RORC regulations.
At least half of the crew must have completed a minimum of 500 miles offshore racing within 18 months of the start, including the skipper.
Chris Stone, RORC Racing Manager said:
“This is not a race like any other in the RORC Programme.”
Previous editions have seen the course reversed due to adverse weather conditions but usually, the course is as follows: After the start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line Cowes, the fleet race through the Solent and continue past Land’s End into the Celtic Sea. Passing the Fastnet Rock they sail onto the wild West Coast of Ireland. The Atlantic racing continues past St. Kilda, up to the most northerly point of the course, Muckle Flugga, before turning south through the North Sea. The English Channel and Solent form the final stages of the race where, after the finish, a warm welcome awaits at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse.
Outright race record for the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race was set in 2014 by Oman Sail-Musandam. Skippered by Sidney Gavignet, the MOD70 finished the race in an elapsed time of 3 days, 3 hours 32 minutes, 36 seconds. At an astonishing average speed of 23.48kn, Oman Sail-Musandam set a record that few believe will ever be broken.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2023:
Following the success of the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and its French partners have announced the date for the next edition of its flagship event in 2023. The 50th edition of the World’s largest offshore race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line on Saturday 22nd July 2023, prior to the annual Cowes Week festivities.
In 2021 although many competitors stayed in or anchored off Cowes prior to the race start the hub of the race was Cherbourg with some sailors crossing the Channel just before the race start. In 2023 this region of France, is once again planning to welcome crews prior to the race.
Jean-Louis Valentin, President of the Arrival Fastnet Cherbourg Association comments:
“We are delighted to once again welcome the Rolex Fastnet Race to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in 2023.
“The new date of 22nd July 2023 will attract more people and we will again offer a warm welcome to sailors before the start of the race and a big party at the finish.
“Our teams are already working with the RORC to make the arrival of this 50th edition a great festival and friendly event for everyone.”
James Neville, RORC Commodore said:
“Competitors and visitors will receive the same warm welcome as in 2021 and will be able to celebrate the golden jubilee race in inimitable French style,”
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