RORC Myth of Malham
The trophy and race are named after the yacht ‘Myth of Malham’ which was a 37’6″ sloop built in 1947 by Hugh McClean & Co at Greenock and designed by John Laurent Giles for John Illingworth. Myth of Malham won the 1947 and 1949 Fastnet Races and in 1957 was part of the winning team for the first Admiral’s Cup.
The course can be a described as a long windward leeward. Starting from Cowes, the top mark is the Eddystone Lighthouse approximately 12 miles SSW of Plymouth Sound and the race finishes in the Solent. The Eddystone Lighthouse was built between 1878 and 1892 and is mentioned in Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick. At 49 metres (161ft) high, Eddystone’s light is visible from 22 miles and along with Bishop Rock, it is the tallest lighthouse managed by Trinity House.
May is typically a time of changeable weather in the UK and the South Coast of England has complex and significant tidal flows, measuring as much as five metres at the Eddystone Lighthouse. This makes the RORC Myth of Malham a very challenging and popular race.
For many boats that are competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race the RORC Myth of Malham is an important qualifier. Not only does the race cover 230 of the 300nm needed to qualify for the RORC Fastnet, but it follows the same course as the Fastnet as far as the Eddystone Lighthouse.
Why not join us on our race prepared Sigma 38 and race in the largest one-design fleets on the South Coast?
Date 27-29th May
Start 1030 Cowes
Approx No Days 2
If you would like to join us, but would like to get some more experience or brush up on some racing skills before coming along, have a look at our courses page. We have a set of yacht racing worksheets available for download, please click here to download.
If you are unsure if this race is right for you, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.