‘The Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 – A view from the middle of the fleet’

1st Wednesday Talk – Wednesday 3rd December 2014 : 19.30hrs start, HY Tyne

The Round Britain and Ireland Race (RBI) which is only held once every four years is widely regarded as the toughest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) calendar, and by many as the toughest test of racing in the Northern hemisphere. This year’s race over 1802nm started in the remains of hurricane Bertha and was characterised by predominantly strong winds resulting in all the previous re-cords being broken, although there were no less than 10 retirements from 28 starters…

Whilst the professionals on Volvo 65s and 40 knot trimarans were scorching around the course a smaller number of amateurs in charter boats also worked their way around the course.

John Williams, one of our RNYC members was watch leader on a Hanse 531 being one of the successful finishers and class winner. John will give an account of the back-ground to their race, the preparations, the problems faced and overcome and some of the lessons learned which apply to all ocean sailing but which are exacerbated


This will be very popular, so get down to the Club early and secure a good seat.

Hot food will be available from 7.00pm

Please Note *** The start time for the talk is earlier than usual being at 19.30hrs ***