New man at the top


 
The Daily Sail talks to Chris Little, Commodore of the Royal Ocean Race Club
The Daily Sail hooks up with Chris Little a stone's throw from London's Trafalgar Square at the offices of Century Group plc of which he is Chairman. Little was ushered in as the Royal Ocean Racing Club's new Commodore at their AGM last October following a stint on the RORC Committee as Rear Admiral. "I did take some time to consider, because I think it is a large commitment," Little says. "It is a three year term and if you are going to do it you have to commit yourself to the job." Little has raced dinghies and yachts all his life and is a familiar face in racing circles both in the Solent and the Mediterranean where he has campaigned a series of race boats, all of them named Bounder. One of his most successful was his Beneteau 45F5. He then raced a Melges 24 at the time when there was uncertainty over the racing rule and is currently owner of an IC45 which until recently was kept in the Mediterranean. His yachts have won RORC Yacht of the Year twice and a Silk Cut award jointly with Sunstone. Now the IC45 Bounder is back in the UK - adhering to the unwritten rule that the Commodore must take part in his club's races - and on Friday competed in the de Guingand Bowl across to St Vaast, finishing fourth across the line, third in IRM1 and fifth in IRC Zero. Little says that Bounder will be taking part in the RORC program this year, including the Fastnet and some of the offshore races. Little is keenly aware that although RORC have a number of very historic events, some may not be catering for what the racing fraternity and in particular RORC members want. In a previous role at

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