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Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) News and Results
The 24th IRC National Championship will take place in the Solent from 10-12th June 2022 
One of the pinnacle events of the IRC rating system in the UK will take place over 10-12 June from Cowes and Ireland's past victories are recalled as Anthony O'Leary's former winner, the Ker 40 Antix, is racing in the…
A great day for sailing at the 2022 RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup on the Solent
Cowes: Sunday 22 May, 2022:  Today had a change in wind direction to an east-southeasterly that progressively strengthened to 10-11 knots, along with more glorious sunshine for the 50 teams competing at the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup.  The Quarter Tonners…
The J/111 fleet enjoying glorious conditions at the RORC Vice Admiral's Cup on the second day of Solent racing
Brilliant sun, big tides and light to moderate winds that built from 6-8 knots in the morning to 10-12 knots during the afternoon provided glorious conditions for the second day of the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup off Cowes.  All six…
Anthony O'Leary and the Antix crew from Royal Cork are competing in a 13-boat Cape 31 fleet in Cowes at RORC's Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta
If you've wondered what it's like in the wide open prairie-like spaces of the new Cape 31s' cockpits when things get hairy, "The Cork Boat in Cowes", aka the latest Antix with Anthony O'Leary doing the driving in the Solent, provides…
Class 30 One Design - After nine months of study, research and development by VPLP and Multiplast, the final project designs have been finalised
The boat imagined and designed by VPLP, thanks to the joint initiative of Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (France), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (UK) and the Storm Trysail Club (USA) is scheduled to make its debut afloat…
RYA joins forces with RORC Rating Office & SW Yacht Time Correction Factor to promote and develop a national rating system for cruiser racers
Since the pandemic there has been a boost in numbers of people getting afloat - mostly sailors relatively new to the sport - and the RYA and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) are keen to encourage as many keelboat…
30 teams racing in IRC Two-Handed in the RORC De Guingand Bowl Race
With the wind speed varying from zephyrs to over 20 knots, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s De Guingand Bowl Race tested the international fleet right through the spectrum of skill sets on Saturday over a 115 mile course. Seven teams…
There are expressions of Interest from 12 teams for the inaugural GP Zero Series
A new Grand Prix Zero Class is inviting members to join the IRC-rating based initiarive on the Solent. Eligible high-performance boats will have an IRC Rating from 1.192 to 1.394 and a DLR max of 105. The aim of GP…
At least 30 teams will be racing in IRC Two-Handed in the RORC De Guingand Bowl Race
The fifth race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship is the De Guingand Bowl Race, scheduled to start at 09:30 BST on Saturday 14th May to the west, from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes. The course for the overnight…
Ker 46 Van Uden will be skippered by three-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Gerd-Jan Poortman and young up-and-coming Dutch sailing talent in August's IRC European Championship to be held in Breskens, Netherlands
Having previously straddled Europe, visiting other major yachting hubs such as Cowes, Cork Harbour, Marseille and Sanremo, the seventh edition of the prestigious IRC European Championship this year will take place over 25-28 August in the Netherlands, alongside Damen Breskens…
Jonny Mordaunt, Tom McWilliam and Simon Johnson are onboard Tschuss in CSA2 of Antigua Sailing Week
The podium after the second day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week had Irish interest with both Jonny Mordaunt's CSA 2 Tschuss and Adrian Lee's Lee Overlay Partners in CSA3 were race winners. The race was blessed with stunning conditions with 15-20…
RORC Commodore James Neville's HH42 INO XXX who will contest the Round Ireland Race on June 18 was the overall winner of the 2022 Cervantes Trophy Race
Two top UK-based yachts expected to enter June's Round Ireland Race scored significant wins in the UK’s offshore season opener in a race across the English Channel on Saturday. It's a weekend result that raises the stakes for overall honours…
Michael O'Donnell's UK based J/121 Darkwood sails in this weekend's RORCs Cervantes Trophy with a strong Irish crew
A top UK-based offshore racer will race this weekend's Cervantes Trophy with a strong Irish crew, which will heighten prospects of a potent Round Ireland Race entry in June. In a crew list seen by Afloat for Dubliner Michael O'Donnell's…
At least 25 teams will be racing in IRC Two-Handed, including Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada, racing with Jeremy Waitt
Offshore racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club returns to Europe on the 30th of April with the Cervantes Trophy Race, the traditional opening domestic race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship. Starting from the Royal Squadron Line Cowes, boats…
Saoirse Reynolds rounds the Kish Light on Dublin Bay at the helm of Aurelia during the 2021 ISORA Series
The National Yacht Club’s Saoirse Reynolds has continued her winning streak in the UK over the Easter Holidays by scoring first place in the inaugural race of the season run by SORC (Solo Offshore Racing Club) for single and double-handed…
Dutchman Harry Heijst (right) and team Winsome including Howth Yacht Club's Laura Dillon (left) were awarded the Prix D'Elegance Trophy as well as the overall win of IRC 3 at the RORC Easter Challenge by RORC Commodore James Neville
Classic Solent conditions prevailed for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s first inshore regatta of the 2022 season. After eight thrilling races, IRC class winners for the RORC Easter Challenge were: Ian Atkins’ GP42 Dark N Stormy (IRC 1), The Army…


  • 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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