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Sevenstar's backing resumes for RORC's challenging quadrennial Round Britain & Ireland Race

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Published 09:17 on 9 Jun 2017
Today, the Royal Ocean Racing Club announced the continued support of leading Dutch yacht transport and logistics company, Sevenstar Yacht Transport who remain title sponsor of their most tactically challenging offshore race, run every four years: The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2018.

"We are back again!" exclaims Sevenstar's Managing Director, Richard Klabbers who has himself competed in the punishing race, twice. "After the astonishing record-breaking last edition in 2014 when we had exceptional weather conditions, we are proud to once again support the 2018 race as title sponsor of this epic bucket list event. We will also be offering an incentive for competitors in the 2018 race as the first boat under IRC rating will receive a US$20,000 voucher for Sevenstar Yacht Transport to their selected destination in the world."

The Pre-Notice of Race is now available for the RORC's non-stop 1,805 nautical mile marathon, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, Cowes on Sunday 12th August 2018 and marking Sevenstar's fourth backing of the race since 2006. (CLICK HERE FOR Pre-NOR)

Owen Buggy
Eddie Warden Owen (RORC CEO) and Richard Klabbers (Sevenstar Managing Director) with the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Trophy © Owen Buggy

"As organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club is delighted to have this long term partnership with Sevenstar Yacht Transport who has now supported the race for the last three events," says RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen who states that this race is another step up from the offshore races organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

"The course is three times longer than the Rolex Fastnet Race and it takes competitors through a myriad of different conditions, with crews having to cope with a huge number of elements. This is what makes the race so compelling and most sailors agree that this is one of the toughest tests of them all. The race is only run every four years and is a highly regarded fixture on the yacht racing calendar; experienced amateurs and seasoned professionals alike aspire to compete in a race that is real challenge," continues Warden Owen.

Ian Roman

Ian Walker and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing set the new monohull world record of:

4 days 13 hrs 10 mins 28 secs in the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © Ian Roman

In the last race in 2014, a series of coincidences involving the remains of hurricane Bertha made the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race a multi-record breaking event. The weather gods conspired, producing the most challenging conditions for the diverse fleet, resulting in race records being obliterated and new ones being established... All ready to be broken again by those competing in the 2018 race.

"In the last few years, sailing has changed and it is likely to be a boat with foils breaking one of the current records, so we hope to see some of these high-speed foiling machines on the start line next year," comments title sponsor, Sevenstar's Richard Klabbers. "However, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is also there for all those sailors willing to break the barrier by racing their boat around what can be a highly treacherous 1,802nm course. The goal is a huge personal achievement in what is perceived to be one of the toughest courses and races in the world."

Rick Tomlinson
Class40, Swish break the 40ft or less monohull world record, completing the race in 8 days 19hrs 6 mins 49 secs in the 2014 race © Rick Tomlinson

The race will be open to those wishing to compete two handed or as a fully-crewed event, and several Class40's are likely to take part in what is also a Route du Rhum solo transatlantic year for the fleet. If the conditions allow, it will be interesting to see whether the new 40ft Around Britain and Ireland World Record can be broken. Established in the last Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race by Roderick Knowles' Class40, Swish in an elapsed time of 8 days 19 hours 6 minutes and 49 seconds, it had previously been held by Ned Collier-Wakefield's Class40, Concise2 in the 2010 edition.

Looking forward to the next edition starting on Sunday 12th August 2018, Sevenstar's Richard Klabbers concludes: "Sevenstar will always be there for competitors and we are pleased to see great interest in this race once again. We expect more competition, faster lap times, more online audience and, of course, fun for all sailors taking part in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race. "

Further information can be found at:

Download the Pre-Notice of race HERE:




A reminder of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Video highlights:

The 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race was a record breaking race:

5 World Records broken and a fantastic win in IRC Overall for Ker 51, Varuna.

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