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Keeping an eye on the fleet


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 08 Aug 2017

Keeping an eye on the fleet

Concise 10, first round the rock, first to finish. Rolex Fastnet Race 2017  © Kurt Arrigo
Over on the other side of the globe, and Line Honours in the world's biggest ocean race (368 boats, 2,700 sailors), the Rolex Fastnet Race, has gone to the MOD70 Concise in just 42h 55m. The next boat is so far away that, as the man said to Queen Victoria, “There is no second.” Looking for information on the Rolex Fastnet Race is an interesting exercise in ‘media watching', let alone ‘race following.' The vast majority of information that comes up in searches concerns the seven VO65s racing in ‘Leg 0' of the Volvo Ocean Race, and at time of writing the only place that Concise's finish appears is not on any official website, but on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Facebook page.

What that tells us is that dear old FB is where the breaking news is, and that VOR have a better media machine at their behest than the RORC and/or Rolex. Control the media, control the news; write your own media, and you can make your event look like whatever you want. Whatever happened to independent reporting? Indeed (but we try...).

Raja Muda 2017 - you can run, but you can't hide - not with a Yellowbrick tracker on board. Windsikher, RMSIR 2016.  Guy Nowell / RMSIR

If you want to take a look at the Fastnet Race, you can dial up the Yellowbrick tracker ( It even shows the TSS exclusion zones, positioned like bunkers on a golf course, and very clearly marked. Just what you need when you don't have time to read the SIs.

In November you'll be able to do exactly the same – check out Yellowbrick tracking - during the coastal legs of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta as Asia's most peripatetic event races from Port Klang to Pangkor, and on to Penang and then Langkawi. Of course there's a safety element in knowing where the boats are, and of course the RO wants to know how far the leaders are from the finish line; however, the real benefit of tracking the fleet is that ther ever-attentive media hounds will know whether to order another round at the Seaview Resort before going to bed, and when to wake up in the morning to get the hot interviews.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Yellowbrick - Keeping tabs on the 2017 Raja Muda fleet
RMSIR Media,
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) has announced that all boats in the 2017 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta will be carrying Yellowbrick trackers for the event's coastal races. This system is very familiar to sailors, and is already used in any number of international events including the Rolex China Sea Race, Volvo Hong Kong-Vietnam Race, Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart, and many others.... [more]

Kialoa II's revival at 47th Rolex Fastnet Race
Lisa Ratcliff,
It's been 46 years since the 73-footer Kialoa II took line honours in the 1971 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and when the boat lines up for the Rolex Fastnet Race off Cowes in the UK this Sunday, its racing revival will be complete.... [more]

MAPFRE blaze to record victory in first pre-Volvo Ocean Race test
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first four of the Volvo Ocean 65s – MAPFRE, Brunel, AkzoNobel and Dongfeng – were all, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, under the fastest previous monohull time of 3:20, set by the super-maxi ICAP Maximus.... [more]

Dongfeng lead the pack as VOR fleet takes on the Rolex Fastnet Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dongfeng Race Team stormed down the western Solent to lead the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s in the Rolex Fastnet Race – part two of the Leg Zero qualifying series for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from day one... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – Concise approaches the Rock as Portland Bill pays
James Boyd,
At 0900 Tony Lawson's MOD 70 trimaran Concise 10 was off the Irish coast just about to tack towards the Fastnet Rock while the next boat and leading monohull, George David's Rambler 88 had rounded Land's End, followed by SMA, the lead IMOCA 60, sailed doublehanded by Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet.... [more]

Optimist European Championship – Boy and girl champions crowned
Icarus Sports,
Stefan Yuill (SRB) finished the day off with a second and 18th (his drop race) to hold on to his first place overall position in the Gold Fleet. As he is also the top European competitor, he has been crowned the 2017 Optimist Boy European Champion.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race – Class 40 team in contention after a classic start
Oman Sail,
Data from trackers on each yacht showed Oman Sail holding sixth place in the 26-strong Class 40 category early on Monday morning as they approached The Lizard peninsula, the southernmost point of mainland Britain.... [more]

WMRT Match Cup Russia– Champion survives and makes it third time lucky
The conditions on the Neva River, with a 10-12 knot southwesterly, were much more stable than Friday, but still shifty and tricky. The 2-3 knot current was against them on the downwind.... [more]

2,700 Rolex Fastnet Race sailors face their personal Everest
Andy Rice,
Seventeen-year-old Montel Fagan-Jordan is about to compete in his first ever Fastnet just four years after taking up the sport. For a student from Greig City Academy, an inner-city state school from Hornsey in London, sailing does not usually feature on the radar of possible sporting pursuits.... [more]

Lendy Cowes Week – Day 7 round up
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
Belgrano finished the regatta counting a clean sweep of first places, to win Black Group overall, breaking Gosling's four year long hold on the title.... [more]

Zhik 29er Worlds - Wind and expectations mount - Day 5
Betsy Crowfoot,
Bolstered by better breeze, with steady winds of 12 to 16 knots, the team of Benji Daniel, 16, and Alex Burger, 21, RSA, widened their lead to place a firm grip on first place in the 29er World Championship regatta. One-hundred-twenty-nine teams from around the globe are competing in the six-day event, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, which concludes tomorrow, August 5.... [more]

Tasar Worlds - Day 3 - More than 30 boats retired due to strong winds
Tomoko Nishi,
One third of the competitors retired for the third race of the day, the third race day of the Tasar World Championship in Gamagori, Japan. Over 20 knots breeze with 1.5m waves provide interesting races for top group but it's too much for many Tasar sailors. After tough day everyone enjoyed traditional Japanese style party, as social program.... [more]

First pictures of the Figaro Beneteau 3 sailing
The Figaro 3 put in its first series of tacks yesterday morning!... [more]

Olympic champion Xu Lijia expects a sailing boom in China
Yan, Xinhua,
In 2014, Xu became a World Sailing judge, and is also a member of the World Sailing Athletes Committee. In addition, she is studying for a Master's degree in International Management in the UK, which she calls 'the heaven of sailing. I am like a sponge when I am there, absorbing all the knowledge related to sailing,' she says.... [more]

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