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Last weekend, on a breezy and dark Sunday morning, British Soldier finally crossed the Cowes Royal Yacht Squadron finishing line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race to take line honours in IRC Class 1. She had covered the 1802 nautical miles in 12 days 14 hours 19 minutes and 4 seconds, covering over 2300 miles through the water. Finishing nearly 3 hours ahead of Encore, her closest rival, once the time correction factor had been applied she had finished 2nd in class and 8th overall.

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The race has been an epic, characterized by strong winds and heavy seas. At its worse, British Soldier was knocked down twice in 40 – 55 knot winds NW of the Outer Hebrides, resulting in all the safety gear being washed off the back of the yacht and one crewman breaking his wrist. Nevertheless undaunted, the major concern amongst the crew that morning was trying to get the gas oven working again (which they did!).

This now concludes the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) season. RORC is the world’s most competitive yacht racing and is a truly International class of racing. British Soldier, sailed by a variety of crews over the 12 races that make up the series, has finished 2nd overall out of 287 yachts that entered. The winning yacht was Tonnerre de Breskens 3, a Dutch Ker 45. British Soldier also claimed 2nd place in IRC Class 1.

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British Soldier is now being prepared for a delivery to the Canaries ready for a race across the Atlantic starting on 21 Nov 10. In 2011 she will take part in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, culminating in another transatlantic race from New York to the Lizard in the summer of 2011. Thereafter the yacht will take part in the biennial Fastnet race.  

Offshore Racing Manager

Tim Hill Racing Manager for British Soldier

Lt Col Tim Hill
Tel: 01923 955337