Fully crewed round Britain
Sevenstar the specialist yacht and motorboat shipping company sponsored the race in 2006. Managing Director Richard Klabbers, one of the competitors in the race, is delighted that RORC are running the race in 2010. “The 2006 race was one of the toughest tests I have experienced in my sailing career and also one of the most fulfilling. Competitors from many different countries will face one of their hardest challenges as they compete in this non-stop adventure over many days. They will require the extensive tactical and exemplary navigational skills associated with racing around some of the busiest waters in the world” said Klabbers. “We at Sevenstar are constantly challenged and, like the sailors taking part, will do everything in our power to ensure we achieve our ultimate goal when delivering our clients boats.”
The fully crewed non-stop race covers 1760 miles and is open to IRC, IMOCA 60s, Class 40s and Multihulls who will race clockwise around Britain and Ireland, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The diverse international fleet will attract seasoned RORC members as well as less experienced sailors. The race is a “must do race” for serious offshore sailors and will be a real challenge.
RORC Chief Executive Eddie Warden Owen is delighted with the initial interest in the event. “Even at this early stage interest has been received from Mike Slade with his 100 foot super maxi ICAP Leopard, Karl Kwok from Hong Kong with his Farr 80 Beau Geste, and from the USA, Jens Kuehne in the Reichel Pugh 48 Sjambock. The 2006 winner Chieftain, the Cookson 50, will also be competing. The boat is now called Lee Overlay Partners and the new owner Adrian Lee has already had success in winning the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600.” The last race attracted 25 entries but the RORC anticipates a bigger entry in 2010.
RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine is pleased that Sevenstar are once again supporting the race. “We are delighted to be working again with Sevenstar for this very tough race. All yachts will be fitted with a tracking device to ensure interaction for audiences around the world as well as allowing family and friends to follow those taking part.”
Enquiries are open for the race starting on Monday 23 August 2010 via the Royal Ocean Racing Club: www.rorc.org.