In the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014, at 0800 BST on Tuesday 19th August, nine yachts were still racing. Ifan James, skipper of Stimpson 42 Palpatine, contacted the Royal Ocean Racing Club yesterday to retire from the race with all crew well. Palpatine left the Isle of Lewis in the early hours of Tuesday morning and is currently passing the Isle of Skye, east of the Outer Hebrides. A scenic sail past the stunning lochs of the West Coast of Scotland in good weather and dry clothes will be a dream compared to the rough conditions experienced over the last few days.
Swish, Roderick Knowles' Class40 - 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Roderick Knowles' Class40, Swish, rounded The Lizard just before dawn this morning. They are 150 miles from the finish and speeding along at over eight knots, well inside world record pace for a yacht of 40ft or less. Swish is expected to finish the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in the early hours of Wednesday morning (20th August).
Pride of Germany
Custom JV52, Haspa Hamburg skippered by Katrin Hilbert, is just 94 miles from the finish, 30 miles offshore south west of Portland Bill. The young crew are all members of the German yacht club, Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt. Founded in 1903, the club's tradition is to encourage young people to take part in ocean racing. The vast majority of the crew is less than 25 years old. In 2010 the club's entry in the race, Norddeutsche Vermögen Hamburg, came fifth overall under IRC, taking just under 10 days to complete the course. For the 2014 race, Haspa Hamburg is currently fourth overall under IRC and should finish the race in under nine days.
Team Aqua on top during the RC44 Marstrand Cup match racing - 2015 RC44 Marstrand Cup
Just 10 miles from the Scilly Isles with 237 miles to go, JV53 Bank von Bremen, skippered by Carol Smolawa, is crewed by members of the Segelkameradschaft das Wappen von Bremen (SKWB). Based in Bremen and founded in 1934, SKWB has about 700 members worldwide. It provides each member with the opportunity to use the club's own boats to race offshore and at national and international regattas.
Carol Smolawa sent in this message from the race course:
'After all the rough days, we have a wonderful sailing day and most important, we could dry our clothes! What a wonderful feeling to have dry boots and garments! Under gennaker we sail with 11 knots in sunny and warm conditions; who could not ask for more? Tomorrow morning we will see the Scilly Isles and then the final leg towards Cowes. We are all happy that we are competing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The boat and crew have no major incidences. Now we are giving it our best for the last leg to Cowes,' writes Smolawa.
he crew of Relentless on Jellyfish at the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014
Jellyfish goes west
J/122 Relentless on Jellyfish, skippered by James George, was positioned 30 miles off the west coast of Ireland last night, so far in the race only the Spanish Volvo Ocean 65, Team Campos, decided to go that far offshore. However, the move looks to be paying off. At St. Kilda, Relentless on Jellyfish was behind Hanse 53, Saga, skippered by Peter Hopps, and British Soldier, sailed by the Army Sailing Association. Relentless on Jellyfish seems to have benefited from more wind during the night and this morning has passed both Saga and British Soldier, moving into first position in IRC Two, just under two hours ahead of British Soldier.
Two-Handers eat up the miles
The Irish Two-Handed team, Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive racing First 36.7, Lula Belle, have had a fantastic 24 hour run, covering nearly 200 miles. Just 60 miles to go until Blackrock, the team will be welling up inside as they start to get a glimpse of the Irish coast during the day. Lula Belle is 620 miles from the finish and their current estimated time of arrival in Cowes is midday on Saturday 23rd August. Lula Belle is currently leading the Two-Handed Class on the water and after time correction.
The British Two-Handed team, Ian Hoddle and Conrad Manning racing Figaro II, Rare, have covered 160 miles in the last 24 hours and have 700 miles to the finish. After Rare's pit-stop on the Isle of Lewis last night, the Two-Handed team have made a big gain. Werner Landwehr and Heiner Eilers racing two-up on their Figaro II, Dessert D'Alcyone, are just 19 miles behind Rare. This has created a fascinating battle at the back of the pack. Dessert D'Alcyone and Rare are both 32 feet in length and vying for the prize of the first 32 foot yacht to complete the race.
Eating up the miles: Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive on the First 36.7, Lula Belle - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014
Sent from on board Bank von Bremen to the race blog - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014
|Points||Factored Points||Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Owner||Sailed by||Elapsed||Handicap||Corrected||Finishing Place||Comments||Points||Factored Points|
|98||147||GER6700||Varuna||Ker 51||Jens Kellinghusen||6 - 03:10:32||1.385||8 - 11:50:17||1||98||147|
|92||138||GBR100||Artemis - Team Endeavour||IMOCA 60||Artemis Ocean Racing||Mikey Ferguson||5 - 14:00:54||1.595||8 - 21:45:14||2||92||138|
|88||132||RUS1||Monster Project||Volvo 70||Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn||Andrew Budgen||5 - 15:21:25||1.648||9 - 07:04:06||3||88||132|
|10||10||IRL3607||Lula Belle||First 36.7||Liam Coyne||2H||1.002||1 until 19 Aug - 20:25:52 ; 3 until 20 Aug - 15:37:23||10||10|
|10||10||GBR2722R||Relentless on Jellyfish||J/122||Chris Radford||James George||1.081||1 until 19 Aug - 05:33:52 ; 3 until 19 Aug - 23:21:13||10||10|
|10||10||GER6524||Dessert D'Alcyone||Figaro II||Werner Landwehr||2H||1.084||1 until 19 Aug - 05:02:33 ; 3 until 19 Aug - 22:46:57||10||10|
|10||10||GBR5236R||Rare||Figaro II||Ian Hoddle||2H||1.091||1 until 19 Aug - 03:50:10 ; 3 until 19 Aug - 21:27:44||10||10|
|10||10||GBR8191R||British Soldier||J/111||Army Sailing Association||Phil Caswell||1.096||1 until 19 Aug - 02:59:01 ; 3 until 19 Aug - 20:31:46||10||10|
|10||10||GBR2630L||Saga||Hanse 531||Darren McLaughlin||Peter Hopps||1.123||1 until 18 Aug - 22:30:43 ; 3 until 19 Aug - 15:38:10||10||10|
|10||10||GBR907R||Palpatine||Stimson 42||Stormforce Coaching||Ifan James||1.133||1 until 18 Aug - 20:54:36 ; 3 until 19 Aug - 13:52:58||10||10|
|10||10||GER5555||Bank von Bremen||JV 53||SKWB||Carol Smolawa||1.283||1 until 17 Aug - 23:52:34 ; 3 until 18 Aug - 14:51:53||10||10|
|10||10||GER6300||Haspa Hamburg||JV 52 Custom||Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt e.V.||Katrin Hilbert||1.310||1 until 17 Aug - 20:36:06 ; 3 until 18 Aug - 11:16:52||10||10|
|10||10||GBR6908R||Ruag White Knight 7||J/109||Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club||Rob Hammond||1.019||DNF-Did Not Finish||10||10|
|10||10||GBR9070R||Change of Course||C & C 115||Keith Gibbs||1.036||DNF-Did Not Finish||10||10|
|10||10||GBR1702T||Scarlet Logic||Oyster 48||Ross Applebey/Sailing Logic||1.072||DNF-Did Not Finish||10||10|
|10||10||NED7576||La Promesse||Open 40||Jankees Lampe||2H||1.209||DNF-Did Not Finish||10||10|
|10||10||RSA23||Arwen||Class40||Austen Clark||1.242||DNF-Did Not Finish||10||10|
|10||10||GBR300X||Grey Power||Open 60||Robin Knox-Johnston||2H||1.518||DNF-Did Not Finish||10||10|
|Points||Factored Points||Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Owner||Sailed by||Finish Time||Corrected||Finishing Place||Points||Factored Points|
|90||135||UAE2||Azzam||VO 65||Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing||Ian Walker||15 Aug - 22:20:28||4 - 13:10:28||1||90||135|
|84||126||ESP1||TC-6||VO 65||Team Campos||Iker Martinez||16 Aug - 00:42:51||4 - 15:32:51||2||84||126|
|80||120||CHN1969||Dongfeng V65||VO 65||Dongfeng Race Team||Charles Caudrelier||16 Aug - 04:48:36||4 - 19:38:36||3||80||120|
|76||114||USA4||Alvimedica 4||VO 65||Team Alvimedica||Charles Enright||16 Aug - 05:59:47||4 - 20:49:47||4||76||114|
|73||109.5||SWE1929||SCA||VO 65||Team SCA||Sam Davies||16 Aug - 06:10:39||4 - 21:00:39||5||73||109.5|
0GBR52SwishClass40Roderick Knowles NYF-Not Yet Finished
0FRA134Stella NovaClass40Burkhard Keese DNF-Did Not Finish
0GBR129Concise8Class40Ned Collier Wakefield DNF-Did Not Finish
0GBR132Cat® phoneClass40Conrad Humphreys DNF-Did Not Finish
|Points||Factored Points||Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Owner||Finish Time||Elapsed||Handicap||Corrected||Finishing Place||Points||Factored Points|
|90||135||OMA07||Musandam-Oman Sail||MOD 70||Sidney Gavignet||14 Aug - 12:42:36||3 - 03:32:36||1.000||3 - 03:32:36||1||90||135|