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Nov
15
2016

2017 Yachts & Yachting Awards

SORC Round the Rock Race has been nominated for "Event of the Year" award
The December 2016 issue of Yachts & Yachting announces the anticipated Y&Y Awards nominees revealed across 14 categories celebrating the very best racing performance and achievements, along with the top boats, kit and equipment launched in the past 12 months. Touching on every aspect of the performance sailing scene, we are excited to announce that SORC are nominated for the "Event of the Year" award with our hugely fantastic Round the Rock Race.

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Jul
11
2016

Final report – Punishing weather on one of the world’s most challenging race courses

Punishing weather on one of the world’s most challenging race courses made the first Round the Rock race, sponsored by Virgin Media Business one that will go down in history. It proved a mammoth test of skippers’ mental strength, emotional reserves, technical sailing ability and seamanship skills. It also tested their boats and equipment to the extreme.

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Jul
07
2016

Day 5 - Tight battles at the finish

There was no respite at the end of this tough race as the leaders approached the finish line off Plymouth just after dawn this morning. With the fleet tightly packed together in a light following wind, almost every boat had to repeatedly gybe spinnakers on the final approach.

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Jul
06
2016

Day 4 – leaders homeward bound

After more than four days alone at sea the leading boats passed the Scilly Islands early this afternoon, with Rob Craigie (Sunfast 3600, Bellino) holding a 4.5 mile lead on Conor Fogarty (SF 3600, Bam), with Ian Hoddle (GameOn) third on the water.

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Jul
05
2016

Day 3 - An intense mental and physical battle

The first seven solo skippers rounded the Fastnet Rock at lunchtime today, led by three Sunfast 3600s, Conor Fogarty’s Bam, Rob Craigie’s Bellino and Ian Hoddle’s GameOn. The front of the fleet is still tightly packed, with many boats rounding within sight of another. They reached the iconic turning mark after another 24-hour period with both gales and calms.

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Jul
04
2016

A 610-mile singlehanded match race?

Observers of the race tracker could almost be forgiven for thinking the relentless nature of this single-handed race is far more effective at identifying the overall winners than any rating system. Today, the lead on the water has been held consistently by a Class 2 boat, Louis-Marie Dussere’s French JPK10.10 Raging Bee.

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Jul
03
2016

Close racing on a brutal first day

The first few hours of the outward leg to the Fastnet Rock proved extremely tough for the 44 skippers in the Round the Rock Race, with gusts of above 35 knots kicking up a severe sea state in wind against tide conditions. Jeremy Waitt on the JPK10.10 Jangada reported “8ft standing waves in the Needles Channel – the worst I have seen there.”

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Jul
02
2016

Punishing first leg in prospect

The 44 skippers lined up to start the inaugural SORC Round the Rock race will have to battle head winds most of the way to the Fastnet Rock off south-west Ireland. The start day is promising to be particularly tough, with a mean wind speed of 25 knots and stronger gusts.

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Jun
22
2016

Outstanding 45 boat line-up for inaugural 610 mile solo Round the Rock race

sponsored by Virgin Media Business
SORC’s first-ever solo Round the Rock race, sponsored by Virgin Media Business, has attracted 45 confirmed entries, making it the largest solo race in UK waters this year. The international fleet is drawn from five countries, including France, Germany, Ireland, Australia and the UK.

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Jun
03
2016

EXPEDITION FOODS to partner SORC in 2016

We are very pleased to announce Expedition Foods as a partner to the Solo Offshore Racing Club and our prestigious Round the Rock Race 2016 sponsored by Virgin Media Business.

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