Image: Pip Hare’s IMOCA Medallia © Rick Tomlinson/https://www.rick-
The 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race started from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line in Cowes at midday on Sunday 7th August. The international fleet got away for the non-stop 1,805-mile race without incident.
The infamous Solent tide changed favourably just before the start and coupled with light headwinds the fleet raced to the east. The major decision after the start was which way to go; the majority of the fleet went for deep water rather than the island shore where the tide would have turned earlier.
After rounding No Man’s Land Fort, the game was to get into a fresh southerly breeze of over 13 knots.
Considering the light airs forecast, progress was above expectation, with the boats fully powered-up into open water.
Follow the progress of the race on the website: https://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/,
Live Blog with news from the teams: https://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/live
Via the race tracker: https://yb.tl/rbni2022
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