RORC Myth of Malham Race
The RORC Myth of Malham race is also known as the Eddystone Race.
This course will take us West around the Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth and back to Cowes. This is a longer RORC race weekend at around 230nM. This race is a rollercoaster of a ride, comprising of an upwind sail to the lighthouse followed by a downhill spinnaker ride back to Cowes.
Meeting on Friday night at Telefonica Black’s homeport Gunwharf Quays around 18:00 -19:00 for a crew get-together, yacht prep and dinner. Saturday morning head to Cowes and race start. The race normally takes 2 days, returning to Gunwharf Quays on Monday.
The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. Equally, the race is blessed with unsurpassed scenery with its course, taking competitors close to a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Ted Turner described the MSR as
the most beautiful race course in the world
Myth of Malham
The RORC Myth of Malham Race is named after a 37’6″ mahogany cutter-rigged sloop, built by Hugh McLean & Sons Ltd, Gourock, Scotland in 1947. Myth of Malham was designed by Laurent-Giles to John Illingworth’s highly radical specifications, which included a masthead rig and short overhangs. Many consider Illingworth to be the founder of post-war yacht racing, he became the RORC Commodore in 1948.
Myth of Malham won the Fastnet Race in 1947 and 1949, and in 1957 was part of the winning team for the first Admiral’s Cup. Myth of Malham went on to compete in five Admiral’s Cups, a record that has been achieved by no other yacht.