Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race start postponed for 21hrs

by Sail-World on 10 Aug 2014
The Sultanate of Oman's MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail gearing up for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 Sander Van Der Borch
The Race Committee of the Royal Ocean Racing Club have taken the decision to postpone the start of the 1800nm Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014.

The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards includes sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel.

The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East.

Sidney Gavignet, French skipper of the MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail project that is focussed on creating a generation of sailors from the Sultanate of Oman, fully supported the decision. With a 50/50 crew mix of highly experienced offshore professionals and less-experienced Omani crewmates onboard, safety is paramount and the extreme speed of the trimaran would have put the team in 45 knots for 30 hours shortly after the start – as explained by Gavignet:

'Had we started today, given the speed of the trimaran, very soon after the start we would have had more than 35knots and during the night 40knots and from Sunday night until Monday evening we would have moved with the low pressure in the centre of the North Sea which would mean that we would have had constant 40-45knots.

'Considering the risks – the boat and the people – and the fact that we are a team of mixed ability with some very experienced crew and some semi-experienced guys who are still learning the boat, we fully support the decision to postpone the race start to Monday morning.

'Looking at the weather tomorrow morning, the low pressure will decrease in terms of intensity. We will still have a chance at a very good lap, still very close to the course record but with between 15 and 35 knots which is much more manageable.'

For more right click here


Southern Spars - 100Zhik ZKG 660x82upffront 660x82

Related Articles

New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record. The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record.
Posted on 28 Aug 2014
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record. The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record.
Posted on 25 Aug 2014
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Three Two-Handed teams from Ireland, Britain and Germany have completed Round Britain and Ireland Race. Three Two-Handed teams from Ireland, Britain and Germany have now accomplished that magnificent achievement. Racing Two Handed around Britain and Ireland requires all-round skill, great seamanship and tenacity. Most of the time, the Two Handed pair are alone on deck.
Posted on 25 Aug 2014
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner
There were celebrations on dock for Relentless on Jellyfish and Saga in One Round Britain and Ireland Race. There were celebrations on the dock for Relentless on Jellyfish, winner of IRC Two and Saga, winner of IRC One. British Soldier may have lost the battle with Relentless on Jellyfish, but the British Army Sailing Team was far richer for the experience.
Posted on 24 Aug 2014
Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Varuna declared overall winner
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna (GER), as the overall winner under IRC. The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna (GER), as the overall winner under IRC of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
Posted on 22 Aug 2014
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Jellyfish stings British Soldier
Six yachts are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and after light winds slowed their progress Six yachts are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and after light winds slowed their progress yesterday (Wednesday) morning, the wind picked up overnight much to the delight of the remaining competitors. British Soldier and Relentless on Jellyfish are having a tremendous battle in IRC Two and the three remaining Two-Handed teams are making great progress.
Posted on 21 Aug 2014
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record
This will be the fifth World Record broken during the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014. Subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council, this breaks the previous World Record for Monohulls 40 feet and less, set by Concise 2 in 2010, by over 18 hours. This will be the fifth World Record broken during the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Posted on 20 Aug 2014
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
Skipper of Stimpson 42 Palpatine, contacted the RORC yesterday to retire from Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race. 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.
Posted on 19 Aug 2014
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8- Test of endurance
Ten yachts are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Ten yachts are still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race although the next yacht to finish the gruelling 1800 mile race is not expected until tomorrow evening. Over the last 24 hours a low pressure system that arrived from the north west, is bringing gale force headwinds that are hampering the progress of the fleet north of the Irish coast.
Posted on 18 Aug 2014
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Varuna sailed across the finish line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 12.10.32 BST on 17th August 2014 Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna sailed across the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 12.10.32 BST on 17th August 2014. Varuna is now in first place in IRC overall, with a number of yachts still to finish. Varuna's time, corrected under IRC, puts the German yacht in an extremely strong position to win the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
Posted on 18 Aug 2014