This race to St. Malo from Cowes has always been a popular event. The race dates back to before the formation of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The race now finishes just outside St Malo; the medieval walled French port. After discussions with the French authorities and local experts, it was decided to bring the race to the French public. The St. Malo race provides a real spectacle for thousands of people.
RORC Commodore, Andrew McIrvine has special reasons for racing to St Malo.
"It is probably my favourite race. It was the first offshore race I ever did and I have won various trophies on different boats but it is always difficult to fight off the very strong French challenge. This weekend on La Responsé, I will be sailing with friends who have also done the race many times. My good friend, Roger Raven has flown back from Greece, just for the race. Besides winning, our other goal will be to beat the tide and get through the lock for dinner in the Duchesse Anne, in the heart of this fascinating port."