Outstanding 45 boat line-up for inaugural 610 mile solo Round the Rock race
sponsored by Virgin Media Business

 22 June 2016

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.

The 610 mile route has long been recognised as one of the world’s most demanding race courses, even for fully crewed yachts, yet interest in the race has far exceeded the organiser’s initial expectations. “The response and enthusiasm from Corinthian solo sailors has been tremendous,” says race director Rob Craigie. 

So what lies behind the appeal of the race? “It’s easily the biggest yacht racing challenge that can be completed in a week’s holiday,” Craigie explains. “Just getting safely around the course will be a huge achievement. But, at the same time the racing at the top of the fleet will be really intense, both for the overall winner and also within the different groups of closely-matched boats.”

Entries include:

            7 Sunfast 3600s 

            7 JPK10.10s 

            6 Sunfast 3200s

            plus Class 40s, Open 50, Contessa 32 and Sigma 33 and many more.

The fleet will start assembling in Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina from Wednesday June 29, in preparation for the start in the central Solent at 1130 on Saturday July 2. The first finishers are expected in Plymouth after three or four days, although the slower boats may not finish until the end of the week.

After the start the fleet will head west to Land’s End and then up the to Fastnet rock off south-west Ireland. After rounding the rock the course takes competitors west of the Scilly islands and then to the finish in Plymouth.

There’s a fantastic array of prizes on offer from the event’s sponsors, including a holiday for two people, with flights, at Ocean Elements’ flagship beach club hotel at Vassiliki in Greece. 

Follow the race at www.sorcroundtherock.co.uk, via the YB tracker at: yb.tl/sorcrtr2016 and on social media at www.facebook.com/sorcsolo/


For further information contact: 

Media enquiries: Rupert Holmes – rupert@rupertholmes.co.uk

Race director: Rob Craigie – robcc51@gmail.com


About SORC:

The principal objective of the Solo Offshore Racing Club is the promotion and organisation of Single Handed Yacht Racing. The Club can trace its roots back to the 2000 OSTAR single-handed trans-Atlantic race, where a small number of skippers formed a group called ‘Petit Bateau’. As the Club expanded in 2004 a limited company was formed and in 2009 the name was changed to SORC. 

Today, the majority of our highly competitive races start and finish in the Solent Area but we do frequently go further afield to France, Ireland and other destinations.  Our race Programme in 2016 comprises 15 races over a total distance of 1328 miles and in 2015 our season featured forty solo skippers.  A number of our members have also completed Oceanic races including the OSTAR, Transquadra, Mini-Transat, Round Britain and Ireland, AZAB, Global Ocean Race and others. www.offshoresolo.com


Sponsors for the Round the Rock race include:

Virgin Media Business

Pontos Winches


Expedition Foods

Ocean Elements and Alpine Elements

Barz Optics

Sea Ventures

For more information about the event sponsors see: www.sorcroundtherock.co.uk/sponsors/

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