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Strong female entry in record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race

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Dee Cafari and Omani sailor Raya Al Habsi (blue cap) at the Muscat Regatta. Photo: Mark Lloyd/www.lloydimages.comA key feature of this year's Rolex Fastnet Race will be the number of high profile women taking part when the world's largest offshore race sets sail from Cowes on Sunday 11th August.

Yet again the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event is breaking new records in terms of the size of its fleet with 372 boats entered at present. The biennial race, from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland and back around the Scilly Isles to Plymouth, is now by far the biggest of all the international 600 mile offshore races.

The largest on the start line will be the 40m trimaran Spindrift 2, which as Maxi Banque Populaire in 2011 romped around the course in just 32 hours 48 minutes. As she was finishing most of the fleet had still to round Land's End en route to the Fastnet Rock. Since the last race, the fastest offshore boat in the world, which holds the record for the highest ever 24 hour run (908.2nm or 37.84 knots average) has been sold to the Franco-Swiss Spindrift racing team. Her new co-skippers are Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli, whose brother Ernesto Bertarelli twice won the America's Cup with his Alinghi team.

Spindrift is obviously gunning to beat the existing record of its new trimaran. However even with a good forecast this shouldn't be taken for granted.

"This race is a big challenge for me and for the Spindrift racing team as a whole, not only because of its historical importance, but for several other reasons," explains Bertarelli, who has spent the last years campaigning the D35 catamaran Ladycat in Switzerland. "The Rolex Fastnet Race will be my first offshore experience, but it will also be our first race with Spindrift 2. We are competitors and even though we will have had little time to train, to get to know the boat and build a strong sailing team, our objective remains to win."

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Exposure Marine to sponsor the Crew Bar in Plymouth

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An Exposure Marine Torch in UseThe RORC is delighted to announce the support of Exposure Marine to sponsor the Rolex Fastnet Race Crew Bar at the race finish in Plymouth.

Exposure Marine, the pioneers of LED technology for powerful, compact, lightweight marine torches is also offering all competitors in the Rolex Fastnet Race a variety of opportunities to win what Mike Golding describes as 'the ultimate sailing torches'. In particular, Exposure is supporting an initiative to reward the best race blogger, who can bring alive from the rail, their own Fastnet experiences.

Eddie Warden Owen, RORC's Chief Executive, says: "We are delighted to welcome aboard Exposure Marine as an Official Partner to the Rolex Fastnet Race. Exposure is a premium manufacturer and their integration of the latest technologies for their marine safety searchlights and torches is very relevant for the Race. We have some big plans for the Plymouth Yacht Haven Race Village and Exposure's support helps us create an even better experience for competitors when they reach Plymouth."

"We are very excited about this announcement with the Rolex Fastnet Race. It is such an iconic event in British offshore sailing with an incredible heritage. Exposure's heritage is from the British cycling world and we are familiar with supporting major cycling events, across many disciplines. The Fastnet has such a wide appeal for so many people, from those who have worked hard to compete in the event for the first time, to those who use the race as a critical training platform in their Ocean racing campaigns. We look forward to meeting many of the competitors in Plymouth, " says Tom Harrop, Exposure Marine Brand Manager.

 

Rolex Fastnet Race Newsletters

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Fleet at the finishThe Rolex Fastnet Race is fast approaching and to help you prepare for your race the RORC will be publishing monthly Newsletters packed full of information. These Newsletters will be emailed to competitors as well so keep an eye on your inbox!

May, June and July have both been published and can be found here:

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Pantaenius Up to the Mark Once More

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Pantaenius Yacht Insurance51° 17.020'N 09° 41.040'W

The only laid mark on the 608 nautical mile course in the legendary Rolex Fastnet Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is being sponsored for the 9th race by Plymouth-based Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.

For the 3,500+ competitors entered in the record-breaking 340+ boat international fleet in the world's largest offshore yacht race this August, the experience of rounding the Teardrop of Ireland, as The Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland is affectionately known, is an experience to behold.

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Once in a Lifetime

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Celebrating her centenary, the winner of the first Fastnet Race in 1925, Pilot Cutter, Jolie Brise now sailed by pupils from Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire. Photo: Rick TomlinsonSince 1925, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's iconic 608-mile race around the Fastnet Rock has captured the hearts and souls of millions of people. This August, The Rolex Fastnet Race will have the largest number of participants in its 89-year history. Over 350 yachts, and as many as 380 yachts, from five continents and over 22 different countries will be taking part.

The diversity of the yachts and participants is truly extraordinary. The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 (record achieved under the previous name Maxi Banque Populaire V, sailed by Loick Peyron) is the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation, sailing around the world in just over 45 days. Internet entrepreneur Niklas Zennström's 72' mini maxi Rán 2 is hoping to win the Rolex Fastnet Race for an unprecedented third time in a row. Plus the original winner of the first race in 1925, the Pilot Cutter Jolie Brise, celebrating her centenary, is also competing and this diversity is the reason why the Rolex Fastnet Race is so special.

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RORC Increases Entries to Rolex Fastnet Race

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RORC Increase Entries to Rolex Fastnet Race

Extra Capacity for Rolex Fastnet Race as Plymouth Yacht Haven selected as host port

RORC Increases number of entries to satisfy demand

2011-rfr-fleet-plymouth-finishWith the entry limit of 300 filled within 24 hours, over 100 boats on the waiting list and entries from multihulls, IMOCA 60s and Class 40s still coming in, demand for places in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race have been greater than ever. To answer this unprecedented demand the RORC has decided to increase the number of places available for IRC rated boats by an extra 40 places, to 340. The addition of multihulls, IMOCAs, Class 40s and Mini Transats could easily bring the total fleet to 380 boats and to cope with this the club has decided to move the event to Plymouth Yacht Haven which has the capacity to supply the extra berthing that is needed.

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 Entry Status

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In an astonishing 24 hours, the 300 boat entry limit for the Rolex Fastnet Race has been reached.

We are delighted that the race is so popular, the places have once again being taken up faster than ever before.

If you haven't entered the race yet, then all is not necessarily lost. You can join the Waiting List at http://remus.rorc.org. Past experience shows that approximately 10 to 15% of the boats entered do not go on to compete in the race, so it is very likely that places will become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the RORC manage entrants in the race?

Those who entered in time receive an automatic email confirming that they have entered the race. However, this is only the start of the entry procedure and all of the entry requirements, Special Regulations, Experience qualification, training qualification and other elements must be satisfied before a yacht becomes eligible to start the race. Please see the Guide for Entrants for details.

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Fastest Fastnet Entries

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Rives Potts' Carina rounds the Fastnet Rock in 2011. Photo:Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiNever have the words 'highly anticipated' applied so accurately as to the Rolex Fastnet Race. Today, at midday, the REMUS entry system went online with the 2013 RORC race season. What happened next is an astounding tribute to the status of the race, the passion of competitors and the efficiency of REMUS (RORC Entry Management System).

Between 12:00 and 12:01, 20 boats had entered with Blondie, Henny Abbenhues' First 42s7, the first to enter only 7 seconds after entries opened.

Within 10 minutes there were a total of 121 Rolex Fastnet Race entrants.

Now, at 16:30, this has crept steadily higher to the current list of 235 boats.

To place these numbers in context one must look back to 2011 when the limit of 300 boats was reached after 10 days of the entry system opening. This year it looks like the limit will be reached much earlier than in previous editions and the Royal Ocean Racing Club would encourage anybody considering a Fastnet campaign to get their entries in soon!

For more information about the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Rolex Fastnet Race, please visit the websites.

 

Rolex Fastnet Race Entry opens midday today

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Competitors in Sutton Harbour during the 2009 Rolex Fastnet RaceAt exactly 1200 GMT you will be able to enter all RORC races, including the eagerly awaited Rolex Fastnet Race, through the RORC Entry Management System.

If you have not yet read the 2013 RORC Notice of Race then it is available to view or download here.

The RORC Race Team will be there for you should you have difficulties or questions with your entries but please appreciate that we anticipate busy phone lines and inboxes. We recommend you check the Rolex Fastnet Race Guide for Entrants before you contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing who is the first to enter and will be updating the RORC Facebook page where we'd be delighted to receive your feedback and comments.

'Fastnet Veterans' are invited to share their experiences and provide helpful advice to the newcomers on our Facebook page.

 

Rolex Extends Fastnet Race Support to 2021

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The magnificent Fastnet Rock captured by Daniel Forster during the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race: Credit: Rolex/Daniel ForsterThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's blue riband event, the biennial 608-nautical mile Fastnet Race, will be supported by Swiss watchmaker Rolex for a further five editions, until 2021. The highly successful partnership stretches back to 2001.

"We are delighted with the continuation of our association with Rolex," said RORC Commodore Mike Greville. "Our relationship with Rolex is a true partnership and in the past 11 years, we have seen the Rolex Fastnet grow in international stature, strength and popularity. Together with Rolex, we look forward to further developing one of the toughest challenges in offshore yacht-racing for the benefit of the participants and spectators alike."

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