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HedKandi Girls

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Tony Lawson's Class40, Concise 2 with an all female crew skippered by Pillippa Hutton-SquireWith a vibrant hull and shocking pink spinnaker, Tony Lawson's Class40, Concise 2 will be one of the most visible yachts amongst the 387 taking part in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race but there is more to Concise 2 than meets the eye. Phillippa Hutton-Squire leads an all-girl crew in partnership with The Ministry of Sound's events label and music brand, HedKandi, but the team are under no illusion - it will be difficult to dance around the tough opposition. The Class40 division for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship offshore race is limited to just 20 entries and intense competition is a certainty.

Concise 2 is not short on talent, skipper Phillippa Hutton-Squire is one of the few sailors, man or woman, to have raced around the world in a Class40, coming third in the Global Ocean Race. Phillippa has competed in two previous Rolex Fastnet Races but has visited the Fastnet Rock on 16 occasions in the last five years. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Phillippa has lived in Hamble, Hampshire for the past year.

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Recent Volvo Ocean Race winner Ian Walker, double silver Olympic medalist gives his views on the upcoming Rolex Fastnet Race

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Ian Walker - Photo - Ian Roman/Abu Dhabi Ocean RacingEnjoy the race everyone - Ian Walker

"I am sure it won't be long before I get back on a boat again. I nearly did the Rolex Fastnet this year but I managed to stop myself. I decided it was more important to have a family holiday," says Ian Walker after winning the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race after almost nine months of racing.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Walker has become the first British skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race. Ian is a long standing RORC member and competed in his first Fastnet Race in 1997.

"My first Fastnet Race was in a Mumm 36, the last race of the Admiral's Cup. I remember that for a lot of days I was sitting on the side of a very small boat getting very wet, but we won that race overall and on handicap, which was pretty cool. I did a very light race on the TP52, Patches and I think we led at the Rock (Fastnet), but by the time we got to the finish, we were pretty much last on handicap as the wind came in from behind to help the small boats.

"I have done two races on Volvo 70s and set the record in 2011 with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. That year it was quite a cool race, a slow start but it got really windy. From the Scilly Isles to the finish it was pretty much 30 knots and full-on reaching.

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The world’s largest, most diverse offshore race fleet

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2013 Rolex Fastnet Race - The fleet leaving the Solent - Photo Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Two months out from the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club has made public the latest entry list for its biennial 600 mile race from Cowes to Plymouth, via the Fastnet Rock, starting at noon on Sunday 16th August.

The entry list makes for impressive reading in terms of scale, diversity and quality of the fleet taking part, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race's position as the world's biggest and most popular offshore race by far.

As of today there are 387 boats entered with a further 74 on the waiting list. If all the boats currently entered were put bow to stern, the line from Cowes would stretch two thirds of the way across the Solent to the mainland (1635.75m).

The bulk of the fleet - 340 entries to be precise - are competing under IRC for the race's overall prize, the Fastnet Challenge Cup. With the two American maxis: Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark's 100ft Comanche and George David's Rambler 88, due to be the pace setters on the water, the IRC fleet will, in due course, be divided into classes and class sub-divisions.

The remaining 47 are not competing under IRC but represent some of the world's leading professional race boat classes. These include the latest generation foil-born IMOCA 60s, lining up for their first major event in the build-up to next year's Vendée Globe, plus a large and highly competitive fleet of Class40s. Then there is the 13 strong multihull class featuring Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's 40m long trimaran, Spindrift 2, the world's fastest offshore sailing yacht; in 2009 she covered 908.2 nm (ie 50% further than the Rolex Fastnet Race course) in 24 hours at an average speed of 37.84 knots and in 2011, as Banque Populaire V, set the Rolex Fastnet Race multihull record.

The average size of yacht competing in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race is 44.34ft (13.52m) with Spindrift 2 being the largest multihull, Comanche and Leopard the longest monohulls at 100ft and at the smallest end of the fleet, three 30ft yachts including Myles and Ashley Perrin's Capo 30 Santana from California.

In IRC rating terms, Comanche and Rambler 88 lead the charge with Time Correction Coefficients (TCC) of 1.973 and 1.869 respectively, while the slowest boat in the fleet is Tony Harwood's Nicholson 38, Volante, on 0.864 (the minimum permitted TCC this year is 0.850).

An impressive 52 entries are sailing two handed, up from 45 in 2013 when the race was won for the first time in its history by a two handed crew: French father and son, Pascal and Alexis Loison aboard their JPK 10.10, Night and Day.
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2015 Rolex Fastnet Race - Entrylists

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A list of entries into the race is now available in alphabetical order. You can click on the table headings to reorder by e.g. boat type or sail number.

A list of entries by class will be made available closer to the Closing Date.

Entrylist for IRC rated boats

Click here to access the list of IRC rated boats.

Entrylist for Non-IRC rated (e.g. Class40, IMOCA 60, Multihull) boats

Click here to access the list of Non-IRC rated boats.


Latest maxis to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race

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thumb_Comanche__and_RamblerWhile it may not be the event's ultimate prize, the monohull battle for line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race is always hotly contested, coming with considerable bragging rights. This year's race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the event's organiser, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will see the world's two very newest maxis jockeying for this prize. Both belong to American captains of industry and both were launched last autumn

Favourite is the 100ft long Comanche owned by Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark. Clark, the Silicon Graphics and Netscape founder, has owned several high profile superyachts and the magnificent J-Class yacht, Hanuman, but his latest craft is a state of the art ocean racer designed by VPLP-Verdier, best known for their IMOCA 60 designs. In fact Comanche strongly resembles a scaled-up version of MACIF, winner of the last Vendee Globe, with a powerful hull, canting keel, twin daggerboards and rudders and numerous other go-faster features.

"The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the goals for Comanche as one of the 'Great Races' around the globe," Clark explains. "Comanche was built to do two things: Win line honours and, if Mother Nature cooperates, try to break records. Let's hope that we succeed with both, but I know there will be lots of very strong competition!"

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The world’s biggest offshore race

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2013 Rolex Fastnet Race start. Credit: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The world's largest, most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts will set sail from the Solent on 16th August in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and with it a record-sized fleet with as many as 350 boats is expected to take part.

As ever the 603 mile course takes the fleet west along the south coast of England, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off the tip of southwest Ireland, south around Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles and back east to the finish in Plymouth. Conditions on the race course can range from benign and summery to vicious and stormy and the event is well remembered for the horrific conditions in 1979 that claimed the lives of 15 competitors. Fortunately vast improvements in weather forecasting, safety and communications equipment as well as yacht design over the intervening years mean that a repeat of this disaster today is unlikely.

The Rolex Fastnet Race is also one of the most popular events in sailing: the original limit of 300 boats racing for the overall handicap prize under IRC was increased to 340 in 2013 due to the increased demand. This is more than twice as many places as the next most popular of other 600 mile races held elsewhere the world and still, when registration opened in January, all 340 places were filled within just 24 minutes! In addition to this group is the 'non-IRC' fleet, including many top grand prix race boat classes such as the IMOCA 60s, that compete in the Vendee Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race, and the Class 40s.

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Exceptional take up for the 90th Anniversary of the Rolex Fastnet Race

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Night and Day, IRC Overall winners of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013. Credit: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo300 entries register in first 24 minutes

RORC Racing Manager Nick Elliott predicted 'a scramble for places' last October when it was announced that priority would be given to RORC members wishing to secure a place in the historic race celebrating its 90th year. He wasn't wrong. Just 24 minutes after the online entry system opened at midday on 12th January, over 300 boats had registered for the Rolex Fastnet Race. The frenetic trend continued and by the end of the afternoon, 375 boats had signed up for the biennial 608-nautical miler, which has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925.

"Within 24 hours of online entries opening in the race two years ago it was oversubscribed, and with a waiting list. We thought that was remarkable, but yesterday we reached the same number in 24 minutes! The Rolex Fastnet Race has great reverence with sailors worldwide wishing to compete in this iconic race and add it to their bucket list," says Elliott.

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Rolex Fastnet Race - A guide for entrants

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Purpose and Scope of this guide

Welcome to the new Rolex Fastnet Race guide. This guide is intended to de-mystify the entry process and to help make your entry into the Rolex Fastnet Race as easy as possible. It is not to be treated as a replacement for the Rolex Fastnet Race Notice of Race which will be available on the RORC website.

The guide is based around you, the competitor, and we will be updating it frequently to reflect your feedback so as to improve the experience for everyone. If you have further questions or suggestions then please email the Race Team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please put the Sail Number and Boat Name in the subject field).

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 – Registration Opens 1200 Monday 12th January 2015

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Rives Potts' Carina at the Fastnet Rock 2011. Photo: Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiRORC expects another fantastic fleet for the 90th Anniversary of the Fastnet Race and is anticipating the entry limit of 340 boats to be reached quickly, just as in 2013 when the race filled up in less than 24 hours.

As the Rolex Fastnet Race has been oversubscribed for the last four editions, with some RORC members struggling to get a place in the race, the RORC has made the decision to give preference to entries from RORC Members for the first week of the entry list being open.

Registration will open at 1200 (UTC) on Monday 12th January, when everyone will be able to register their interest. At the end of the first week the RORC will allocate all RORC Members a place on the race, as long as they are able to show that they will be able to meet the entry qualifying criteria, as per the 2015 Notice of Race. The remaining places will be allocated in the order in which they registered.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to help our members participate in the club's founding event in such a special year. In the past it has been extremely hard to tell a member of the club that unfortunately they have been put on the Waiting List as the race is full," commented Nick Elliott RORC Racing Manager.

The entries will again be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place in the race and submit a proposal for how they intend to satisfy the experience qualification criteria of the race.

Registration is done via the RORC Online Entry System, REMUS. Competitors are advised to make sure their boats are already registered on REMUS prior to the Registration List for the Rolex Fastnet Race being opened on the 12th January.

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100 foot limit raised for 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

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Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The 100 foot (30.47m) LOA monohull limit set by a number of the classic 600 mile races such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races has been lifted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Malta Yacht Club for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races. This will allow superyachts participating in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Superyachts have always been eligible to race in the RORC Caribbean 600 and a number have entered for the west to east Transatlantic Race at the end of June/July 2015, organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

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