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The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) was founded in 1925 in Plymouth following the very first Fastnet race. Throughout the year the RORC hosts a busy schedule of both inshore regattas in the Solent and cross-channel races, including the Vice Admiral’s Cup in May and the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. The RORC has a global membership and is one of the largest racing clubs in the world, and is also a national authority for the measurement and rating of offshore yachts, called IRC Rating. This is managed by the RORC Ratings team based in Lymington. The RORC London Clubhouse is located in St James’s Place, just off Green Park, and is an exclusive London base for RORC members and guests to enjoy. In Cowes, the RORC maintains two locations: the RORC Cowes Clubhouse, and the Disrespect in which the RORC Race Team are based. The RORC Cowes Clubhouse is located at the water’s edge, at the end of the Parade. The Cowes Clubhouse grounds possesses unrivalled sea views over the Solent, and provide a perfect spot to have lunch and watch the days sailing. The Clubhouse is renowned for hosting a variety of social events throughout the year, for members, visiting yachtsmen and guests. The Clubhouse also has twelve bedrooms; four with en-suite facilities and a further eight well-appointed bedrooms with adjacent bath or shower rooms. • Regattas run by the Club through the year include: Vice Admiral’s Cup – May IRC National Championships – June Rolex Fastnet Race – August Racing on a regular basis for a variety of classes including: Darings, International Dragons, Etchells and X One Designs For more details go to: www.rorc.org 12 COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK