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Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) News and Results
Three cheers for 2022 RORC Yacht of the Year + Season's Points Championship winner:  Richard Palmer - JPK 1010 Jangada (GBR) with co-skippers Rupert Holmes & Jeremy Waitt
The 2022 Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Annual Dinner and Prize Giving was held in the Ballroom of the InterContinental London Park Lane. Celebrating an impressive season of RORC racing, over 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner…
German Botin 56 Black Pearl has unfinished business in the RORC Transatlantic Race and has entered the 2023 edition starting on Sunday 8th January
The ninth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, supported by Calero Marinas and the International Maxi Association, is scheduled to start from Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands on Sunday 8th of January 2023. Racing across the Atlantic is a phenomenal experience…
Ed Wilton’s Who’s Next - winner of the 1822 Canford Cup at the Poole Regatta
For the first time, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s GBR IRC National Championship in 2024 will not take place from the club’s base in Cowes but will form part of the  Poole Regatta. The 26th edition of the IRC Nationals,…
The start of the 75nm Cowes – Cherbourg race
The 2022 RORC Season’s Championship concluded on Saturday 3rd September with the finish of the 75-mile Cherbourg Race. A light southerly wind, oscillating both to the east and the west, gave a strategic edge to the race. The overall winner…
Record Entry for the RORC Cherbourg Race
The world’s largest offshore racing series concludes next weekend with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Cherbourg Race, starting from Cowes on Friday, 2nd September at 1800 BST. 81 teams are entered for the dash across The English Channel, the…
Francois Goubau's Bénéteau First 47.7 Moana claims overall victory at the IRC Europeans
On the last of four days of magnificent racing off the Dutch port of Breskens, two final races were held and the winner of the 2022 IRC European Championship decided by the closest of margins. Coming off the water it…
IRC Two racing gets underway on Day 3 of the IRC Europeans
The IRC European Championship has a bit of a tradition of smaller boats winning. In Cork in 2016, the first ever IRC European Champion was Paul Gibbons and his diminutive Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge while the following year in Marseille,…
Volvo's David Thomas (right) & Round Ireland Race Kyran O’Grady (left) presenting the keys of a new Volvo XC40 to Round Ireland Race winner Michael Boyd
Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Michael Boyd finally got his hands on the Volvo car prize after accumulating the best overall points’ results on corrected time in the biennial Round Ireland races 2016, 2018 and 2022. To add to the drama,…
Start of the 2022 RORC Channel Race
The top five boats in the RORC Channel Race after IRC time correction on Friday, July 23rd were from five different classes. The overall winner was in IRC Class Zero with Nicklas Zennström’s CF-520 Rán also taking Line Honours. Second…
Round Ireland Yacht Race competitor Michael Boyd made a special tribute to the lost helicopter crew of Rescue 116 at the Blackrock Island 2017 crash site
Passing Blackrock Island on the County Mayo coast, a mark on the course of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race, leading skipper Michael Boyd has paid a moving tribute to the four air crew of Rescue 116 Irish Coast Guard…
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Morgan Cup is from Cowes to Dartmouth, a distance of 110 - 160 nautical miles
The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season’s Points Championship continues with the eighth race of the series, the Morgan Cup Race. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line at 1800 BST on the 17th of June. The intention is to start…
Victory for the overall win in the IRC Nationals was down to the wire, but Niklas Zennström's team (that includes Cork's Justin Slattery) on the Carkeek FAST40+ Rán claimed the title by the tiniest amount
Sunday 12 June, Cowes: An outstanding long weekend of yacht racing, where the full programme was sailed under brilliant sunshine in 10-20+ knot winds and a mix of tidal states on one of the world’s most challenging stretches of water…
Filip Engelbert's Ker 40+ Elvis competing in IRC One enjoyed the exceptional conditions on the Solent at the RORC's IRC Nationals on the second day of the championship
Saturday 11 June, Cowes: A further three windward-leewards were held on the central-eastern Solent on day two of the RORC’s IRC National Championship in yet more exceptional conditions - 15-20 knot WSW winds and brilliant sunshine. At this regatta -…
John Smart's 20-year-old Cowes-based J/109 Jukebox with Royal Cork's Mark Mansfield on tactics leads IRC Three at the IRC UK Nationals off Cowes
Friday 10 June, Cowes: The Solent was star of the show on day one of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual IRC National Championship, one of the leading events for the RORC/UNCL-owned yacht rating system. The race committee led by…
Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork Cape 31 'Antix' is competing at this weekend's RORC IRC Nationals on the Solent
Among the lineup on the Solent this weekend for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s IRC National Championship is the Cape 31 Antix, skippered by Royal Cork's Anthony O’Leary, who won the IRC Nationals in 2014. And it looks like the…
The British HH42 INO XXX raced by the RORC Commodore James Neville was the Myth of Malham winner and will race Round Ireland on June 18
British yacht INO XXX which competes in the Round Ireland Race in less than a fortnight was victorious in this weekend's RORC Myth of Malham Race that featured a number of Irish crews.  The Cowes-Eddystone-Solent 230nm started last Thursday and saw IRC…


  • Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and the IRC European Championship (includes the Commodores' Cup) in the Solent
  • The RORC works with other yacht clubs to promote their offshore races and provides marketing and organisational support. The RORC Caribbean 600, based in Antigua and the first offshore race in the Caribbean, has been an instant success. The 10th edition took place in February 2018. The RORC extended its organisational expertise by creating the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, the first of which was in November 2014
  • The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after a merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4,000

At A Glance – RORC 

RORC Race Enquiries:

Royal Ocean Racing Club T: +44 (0) 1983 295144 E: [email protected] W:

Royal Ocean Racing Club:

20 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NN, Tel: 020 7493 2248 E: [email protected] 

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