Yacht Boat News

Author Archives: YachtBoatNews

Extreme Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship

Div 2 ORCi and PHS winner - Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship 2020 - photo © Marg Fraser-Martin

Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) coincided with Sydney’s record-breaking hot weather weekend, 28 crews enduring 40 knot gusts for race two and brutal temperatures in the low 40s both days of the longstanding annual series. A gale warning moved racing inshore on the Sunday, Race Officer Denis Thompson designing special courses to suit a second ...

Read More »

MC38 Season 2020

Dark Star finished a close 2nd in Act 6 - photo © Tilly Lock Media

Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Lazy Dog team closed out the 2020 MC38 calendar with a third series triumph, giving Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart’s crew the overall season trophy from six acts. “We were pretty consistent; not too many boat handling errors,” Lane said. It was tricky finding a course area on day two, the RPAYC race committee headed up ...

Read More »

Vendée Globe & Alex Thomson

British yachtsman Alex Thomson, skipper of 'HugoBoss' leaves Gosport for the start of the Vendée Globe © Mark Lloyd / www.lloydimages.com

After incurring damage to the starboard rudder of his boat, British sailor Alex Thomson has ceased racing in the Vendée Globe and is now sailing his boat towards Cape Town. Thomson last night disconnected the starboard rudder and has since been sailing the yacht with just one rudder. After assessing the situation today, the skipper and his team have decided ...

Read More »

WA IRC State Championships 2020-21

Indian - 2020-21 WA IRC State Championships - photo © Lindsay Preece / Ironbark Photos

The 2020-21 WA IRC State Championships for Ocean Racing WA will be hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club this weekend. An excellent line up of nineteen teams are preparing to contest four around the buoys races and two longer passage races to make up the IRC Series with twenty six yachts part of the regatta. Current IRC State Champion ...

Read More »

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild Jules Verne Trophy record

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild - Jules Verne Trophy © Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / GITANA S.A

Since Tuesday evening, at 20:37 UTC on the dot, and their departure from the dock in Lorient to make for the start line off the north-west tip of Brittany, the pace has continued to pick up for the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. At 02:26 UTC, on Wednesday 25 November, on a pitch-black autumn night on the back ...

Read More »

ORC/IRC World Championship 2022

2022 biennial ORC/IRC World Championship to be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia © Studio Borlenghi

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are pleased to announce the next biennial ORC/IRC World Championship will be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. Dates for the event are to be 18-26 June 2022. The event will be the second World Championship held using both of these two ...

Read More »

SailGP events

Bermuda and Italy selected to host first SailGP events of second season © SailGP

Bermuda and Italy selected to host first SailGP events of second season SailGP today announced an updated schedule for the first half of its second season, with the opening events now set for the island of Bermuda and the southern Italian city of Taranto. On April 24-25, 2021, the Bermuda Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess will set the stage ...

Read More »

Jules Verne Trophy

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild - Jules Verne Trophy - photo © Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / Gitana S.A

After a long weather briefing carried out remotely with the router Marcel van Triest, the entire crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild gathered alongside Cyril Dardashti, director of the five-arrow team, has taken the decision to switch to code yellow, with a possible departure in a little over 24 hours. Although the weather models are still refusing to indicate ...

Read More »

RORC Caribbean 600/ Race update 2021

The 13th RORC Caribbean 600 is scheduled to start from Antigua on 22 February 2021 © RORC / Arthur Daniel

The 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is scheduled to start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua on Monday 22nd February 2021. “The RORC Flag Officers meet regularly and since July the overall commitment from the Club has been to provide safe racing when there is sufficient demand and when restrictions allow us to do so,” commented RORC Racing Manager, Chris ...

Read More »

TasPorts Maria Island Race

2Unlimited - TasPorts Maria Island Race - photo © Penny Conacher

Greg Prescott’s modified Farr 40 2Unlimited, skippered by Oliver Nicholas, took line honours in the 73rd TasPorts Maria Island Race, sailed in Tasmania from 13-16 November, in one of the slowest races for some years. 2Unlimited, from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, also won the IRC and AMS handicap divisions of the 180 nautical mile ocean race while Peter ...

Read More »