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A wet and wild Morgan Cup is predicted!

It is going to be a wet and wild race to Cherbourg this weekend for our seven teams competing in the RORC's Morgan Cup this weekend.  The forecast is for a 30 knots of wind on the nose!  It will certainly be a challenge and test of endurance for our teams.

The Morgan Cup is a qualifier for the Rolex Fastnet Race which takes place in August.  The idea of the qualifying races is to prepare the teams for a tough offshore race ensuring the boats are up to the challenge and seaworthy.


A forecast like this provides the ideal test for the teams and boats. The race will provide the perfect opportunity to identify any areas of weakness and much development can be planned after the race.  It is good to get conditions like this in the build up to the race so there will be no surprises in the Fastnet race.


The conditions in the last race provided all the competitors with a 35 knot downwind blast of 100 miles, that combined with an upwind 70 mile slog in this race will ensure that our teams have experienced both extremes of heavy weather sailing.  What a great start to the training programme!

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