Virgin Media Business to sponsor the SORC Round the Rock Race
SORC are pleased to announce a headline sponsor for this new classic solo yacht race

 07 March 2016






Title Sponsor Announcement and New Race Name for SORC’s Iconic New Offshore Race

53 Skippers with paid deposits


SORC Round the Rock Race – Sponsored by Virgin Media Business


The Solo Offshore Racing Club (SORC) is very pleased to announce that Virgin Media Business, one of the UK’s largest network and telecoms solution providers, will be its main sponsor for the inaugural 600nm, SORC Round the Rock Race in July 2016. 

“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to support the team at SORC and make the first edition of this classic race a major success” said Duncan Higgins Marketing Director at Virgin Media Business. He added “The passion and excitement around sailing in the UK and internationally is at an all time high and this race provides a fantastic opportunity to support the sport at the Corinthian level”

Nigel Colley, Director at SORC commented “I want to thank Virgin Media Business for supporting our new headline race for this season. We now have 53 international entries with paid deposits’ and a further 25 skippers registering their interest, so demand very much looks to exceed our 60 boat limit.  We have an excellent mix of boats entered promising fantastic racing both within the IRC classes and between identical designs.  Class 40, Sunfast 3600 and 3200, JPK 1010’s and JOD 35’s designs all have more than 4 boats racing in this highly competitive fleet.

In addition to our main sponsor Virgin Media Business, we will be announcing a number of supporting partners from the UK marine industry on our race website the next period as we count down the 117 days to the start.

The SORC Round the Rock Race will start on July 2nd 2016 in the Solent.  It has been certified by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC) as an official qualifier for their 2017 OSTAR race.

The Sailing Instructions have been issued and are now available on our website.                         



About Virgin Media Business

Virgin Media Business is the UK’s only telco with a nationwide optical fibre network, and brings the Virgin philosophy to the business telecoms market. Providing innovative, high quality solutions built on brilliant customer service. Virgin Media Business is the largest business-to-business brand in the Virgin group.

It’s £13 billion optical fibre network can reach 85% of UK organisations and over the next 5 years we’re investing an additional £3 billion to extend its reach even further.

With a strong product portfolio that includes its market leading Ethernet services. It uses its network asset in order to create bespoke tailored telecoms solutions for its customers. Employees are located at 40 offices across the UK, allowing Virgin Media Business to be closer to its customers in every sense.


About SORC

The principal objective of the Club is the promotion and organisation of Single Handed Yacht Racing. The Club can trace its roots back to the 2000 OSTAR 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 in Oceanic races including the OSTAR, Transquadra, Mini-Transat, Round Britain and Ireland, AZAB, Global Ocean Race and others.

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