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Kuba Szymanski’s First 40.7 Polished Manx II was the 20th and final boat to complete the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
ISORA regular and Round Ireland race competitor Kuba Szymanski’s First 40.7 Polished Manx II racing in IRC Two-Handed with Adrian Kucmin finished the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race on Thursday 25th August at 14:00:54 in an elapsed time of…
Line Honours for Team Medallia - L to R: Nick Bubb, Paul Larsen, Pip Hare, Kevin George, Ben Schwartz
There has been so much enthusiasm and energy put into setting new sailing speed records in every discipline over the years that it may well be the only way to make a breakthrough is to see just how slowly you…
On course for Greenland…….Pip Hare’s IMOCA 60 has struck out into the open Atlantic from the Blaskets in search of wind in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race
The clockwise 1800 miles Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race has been dogged by light winds and calms ever since it started from Cowes at the weekend, and the bulk of the 30-strong fleet is still struggling along Ireland’s southwest…
Skippers Briefing for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race ahead of Sunday's start
The Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race starts today, Sunday 7th August. All 30 teams attended the Skippers Briefing held at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. RORC CEO Jeremy Wilton welcomed all competitors to the race: “This is the fifth…
One of the class favourites for the RORC's Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Palanad 3, skippered by Antoine Magre (FRA) with an international crew including Spain’s Pablo Santurde and two Irishmen, James Crampton and James Murphy
Two Irish sailors, James Crampton and James Murphy are on the crew of one of the class favourites for August's Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Palanad 3, skippered by Antoine Magre (FRA). Ten Class40s are among the entries and…
Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson team up on the new Sun Fast 3300 RockIT for the RORC's non-stop 1,805nm race: Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race
For the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, a record 15 teams are planning to take on the marathon IRC Two-Handed. Short-handed racing with the RORC has been booming in recent years with 84 teams competing in the 2021…
Pip Hare's IMOCA Medallia is planning to compete in the 1,805nm non-stop Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in August
At least four IMOCA teams are planning to compete in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race: Sam Davies with Initiatives-Coeur, Pip Hare with Medallia, Ollie Heer with Oliver Heer Ocean Racing and James Harayda with Gentoo 2. So far,…
Shirley Robertson (left) and Caffari will be sailing in a newly delivered Sun Fast 3300
Two of Britain's most decorated female sailors will be teaming up for the upcoming 2022 Double Handed Offshore Season. Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson will be sailing together throughout 2022 in the UK Double Handed Offshore Series, racing a new…
The Lombard 46 Pata Negra was the overall winner on IRC time correction in the 2018 race
Held every four years, the 1,805nm Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race “is a true marathon of epic proportions”, according to its organisers the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Roughly three times longer than the Rolex Fastnet Race, the course…
Sevenstar Yacht Transport confirms continued support of the RORC's 1,805nm non-stop Round Britain and Ireland Race for the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
August 2022 will see the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s most tactically challenging offshore race as competitors in the non-stop Round Britain and Ireland Race set off on the 1,805 nautical mile marathon, run every four years.Confirming their…
Closing in on the 40ft world record? Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy
Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy is under 200 miles from the finish of the Round Britain and Ireland Race, Tony Lawson's Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger is stalking the leader. The battle for line honours is expected to conclude…
Imerys Rounds Muckle Flugga at Record Pace at Round Britain & Ireland Race
Six days into the 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…
The Howth crew of BAM really had no choice in the matter of retiring, as the other masthead halyard had broken during the night
The Irish Sunfast 3600 Bam! (Conor Fogerty and Simon Knowles) has retired from the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race as of 1040 this morning, after breaking her second and only remaining masthead spinnaker halyard. Bam! was 55 miles west…
Phil Sharp’s Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy from the Channel Islands should be past St Kilda before darkness tonight, leading the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in tough sailing conditions
Today’s cancellation of the first day’s racing in the WIORA Championship at Galway gives some idea of the conditions being experienced by the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland fleet as they race northwards along Ireland’s west coast towards the next…
Howth’s Conor Fogerty & Simon Knowles in Bam!, are offshore beyond Valentia Island. See pre race video interview with Fogerty below.
The anticipated freshening sou’westers have been taking their toll as the Sevenstar fleet race along Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard writes W M Nixon. On-water leader Corum (Nicolas Troussel) – having been hitting speeds of 16 knots once she’d the Blaskets astern…
The new Class 40 Corum takes the lead at this year’s Volvo Round Ireland Race start on June 30th. She is currently fleet leader leader off the coast of Kerry in the RORC Sevenstar RB & I Race
Heading into the third night of the 1805-mile RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard is starting to provide the kind of speed sailing in which the pace-setters in Class 40 excel writes W M Nixon. With…

The Round Britain & Ireland Race

The 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will feature a wide variety of yachts racing under the IRC rating rule as well as one design and open classes, such as IMOCA, Class40 and Multihulls. The majority of the fleet will race fully crewed, but with the popularity of the Two-Handed class in recent years, the race is expected to have a record entry.

The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starts on Sunday 7th August 2022 from Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK.

The 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The Royal Yacht Squadron.

It is run every four years. There have been nine editions of the Round Britain and Ireland Race which started in 1976 Sevenstar has sponsored the race four times - 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and has committed to a longterm partnership with the RORC

The 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is a fully crewed non-stop race covering 1,805 nautical miles and is open to IRC, IRC Two Handed, IMOCA 60s, Class40s, Volvo 65s and Multihulls that will race around Britain and Ireland, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes on the Isle of Wight starting after Cowes Week on Sunday 7 August 2022

The last edition of the race in 2018 attracted 28 teams with crews from 18 nations. Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 saw over victory and Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy established a new world record for 40ft and under, completing the course in 8 days 4 hrs 14 mins 49 secs.

The 1,805nm course will take competitors around some of the busiest and most tactically challenging sailing waters in the world. It attracts a diverse range of yachts and crew, most of which are enticed by the challenge it offers as well as the diversity and beauty of the route around Britain and Ireland with spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Most sailors agree that this race is one of the toughest tests as it is nearly as long as an Atlantic crossing, but the changes of direction at headlands will mean constant breaks in the watch system for sail changes and sail trim

Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Records:

  • Outright - OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail, MOD 70, Sidney Gavignet, 2014: 3 days 03:32:36
  • Monohull - Azzam Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, VO 65, Ian Walker, 2014: 4 days 13:10:28
  • Monohull All-Female - Team SCA, VO 65, Samantha Davies, 2014: 4 days 21:00:39
  • Monohull 60ft or less - Artemis Team Endeavour, IMOCA 60, Brian Thompson/Artemis Ocean Racing, 2014: 5 days 14:00:54
  • Monohull 40ft or less – Imerys Clean Energy, Class40, Phil Sharp, 2018: 8 days 4:14:49

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