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Rolex Fastnet Race: Fastnet Race in Four Minutes - Crewcam Video
By Ben Gladwell, Irish Sea ,
5:09 AM Mon 22 Aug 2011
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell (NZL) crewed aboard the 52fter Bob for the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, and compiled this four minute video clip of the race, shot using a headcam.
Join the crew on the rail and bow of Bob for the start, leaving The Needles, being passed by the supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Rambler, rounding Fastnet Rock and more. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race lives up to its reputation
By Trish Jenkins, ,
9:41 PM Sat 20 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race - Records tumbled in this year's event, living up to its reputation as the most gruelling and tactically challenging of the classic offshore races. As usual the 608 mile long course took the boats from the start line off Cowes, Isles of Wight towards the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland, back around the outside of the Scilly Isles off southwest England to the finish lin ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet success for McConaghy
By Blue Robinson,
6:26 PM Sat 20 Aug 2011
Competing against one of the largest and most diverse fleets assembled in the history of offshore yachting, the Rolex Fastnet race saw McConaghy built ICAP Leopard 3, the Reichel Pugh 65 Vanquish (crewed by the young American Oakcliff Offshore Team with average age of 25) and the new Ker 40 Keronimo finish at the front of the fleet. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race prizegiving ceremony at the Royal Citadel
By Trish Jenkins, ,
5:31 AM Sat 20 Aug 2011
The Rolex Fastnet Race completed its prizegiving ceremony at the historic Royal Citadel on Plymouth's famous Hoe. Dating back to 1660s and standing on the site of the fort built in the time of Sir Francis Drake, the Royal Citadel over the centuries has been one of Britain's most important defences and today is the base for the 29 Commando Regiment of the Royal Artillery. ...[more]
Rambler crew received safety training at LRSE
By Dan O’Connor, ,
12:19 AM Sat 20 Aug 2011
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the crew of Rambler capsized and were subsequently rescued. The entire crew of twenty-one underwent advanced man overboard and safety training just prior to leaving Rhode Island for the Transatlantic Race and the subsequent Rolex Fastnet Race. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race recap from Gryphon Solo 2
By Joe Harris, ,
9:37 PM Fri 19 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race recap from Gryphon Solo 2’s skipper Joe Harris:
As our race ended abruptly on the first day of an expected four day race, I thought it might be good to review what happened and how the race turned out for others. Thank you to everyone who expressed condolences and encouragement following our withdrawal from the Fastnet due to sail damage. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - First double win in 50 years
4:28 AM Fri 19 Aug 2011
The Rolex Fastnet Race has for the first time in more than 50 years witnessed a back-to-back handicap winner. Following on from her victory under IRC in 2009, this afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club has confirmed that Niklas Zennström’s Rán (GBR) is once again the overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race and the prestigious Fastnet Challenge Cup. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race: Capsized supermaxi Rambler righted plus Video
6:43 PM Thu 18 Aug 2011
The Irish Times is reporting that the capsized supermaxi, Rambler 100, owned by US businessman George David, has finally been righted in Barleycove Bay, Ireland.
'The hull was being pumped out yesterday evening before the yacht was towed into port without its mast and rigging,' says the Times.
'Seán Harrington of Atlantic Towage and Marine Ltd of Castletownbere, Co Cork, said the location of ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race fleet slows down
By KPMS, ,
4:05 AM Thu 18 Aug 2011
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the pace was brisk for the first forty-eight hours but, has now slowed due to high pressure encroaching into the Celtic Sea and towards the south of Cornwall, just west of the finish in Plymouth. Since yesterday afternoon there have been just been five finishers ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - Class40’s head uphill for the final miles
By Oliver Dewar, ,
9:46 PM Wed 17 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race - After 72 hours of racing, the Class40 fleet face beating to the finish for the final 70 miles following a predominantly offwind leg from Fastnet Rock to the Scilly Isles.
With less than 200 miles of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Course remaining, the leading Class40 pack in the 17-boat fleet compressed even further with the lead constantly changing as the group lined-up in the Celti ...[more]
America's Cup sailors recount Rambler capsize in Rolex Fastnet Race
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
10:12 AM Wed 17 Aug 2011
Five times round the world racer, and America's Cup sailor Erle Williams (NZL), has described the moment when the supemaxi Rambler 100, capsized soon after rounding Fastnet Rock, yesterday.
A professional yachtsman, Williams is one of New Zealand's top sailors, with a long sailing career encompassing five Round the World races, and several America's Cup campaigns. Other top America's Cup sailor ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - Aiming for a second victory
5:03 AM Wed 17 Aug 2011
the Rolex Fastnet Race, the morning time witnessed the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) take place; after which the first of the Mini Maxis made their arrival in Plymouth during the afternoon in the form of 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Rán (GBR). ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos, interviews and images
4:57 AM Wed 17 Aug 2011
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet - Maxi Banque Populaire V sets two new records
By Voile Banque Populaire,
1:31 AM Wed 17 Aug 2011
Maxi Banque Populaire V carries on expanding her collection of brilliant exploits, which can sometimes be source of great pride. By covering the 608 miles distance between the Solent and the famous Irish lighthouse in 32 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds, Loïck Peyron and his men are dropping a record set in 1999 by ... Loïck Peyron himself. ...[more]
Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
10:24 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - Roaring Forty 2 leads Class40 fleet
By Oliver Dewar,
10:09 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race - Over Monday night, the 17 remaining Class40’s in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet crossed the Celtic Sea with reports of 25 knot windspeeds and gusts up to 30 knots with a challenging sea state. By the halfway point of the 150 mile leg from Land’s End to Fastnet Rock at 22:30 BST, the two BT Boats Kiwi 40FC’s were still holding the lead ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - Rambler 100 update
By Trish Jenkins,
9:30 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race - At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi Rambler 100 capsized in the Celtic Sea during the Rolex Fastnet Race ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - Still some work ahead for Groupama Sailing Team
By Welcome on Board, ,
9:03 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race - On crossing the finish in second position at 0800 GMT this Tuesday morning, just four minutes astern of the winner, Abu Dhabi, Franck Cammas and his crew rounded off two days of racing, which was as extreme as it was satisfying, with less than three months till the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet race: Azzam takes Volvo Open 70 honours
By Richard Gladwell, Auckland ,
7:35 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam won the three-way battle of Volvo Open 70s in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Day 3 on Tuesday, finishing four minutes ahead of Groupama 4. Team Sanya were still on the course at 0730 GMT.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, finished first in a time of one day 18 hours 39 minutes and 0 seconds. That was well inside the monohull record for the race. ...[more]
Rolex Fastnet Race - Gitana 11 stands up to the challenge
By Kate Jennings translation, ,
6:31 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011
Rolex Fastnet Race - After setting off from Cowes at noon on Sunday, Gitana 11 crossed the finish line in Plymouth Sound, on Monday 15 August at 21h44’36’’, less than an hour after the brand new event record holder and around twenty minutes prior to the two competing MOD 70s. ...[more]
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