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The Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 – 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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Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 12:34

Henri Lloyd appointed as RORC Official Clothing Supplier

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Henri Lloyd - RORC Official Clothing ProviderThe Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) are delighted to announce a new partnership for the club in the form of the appointment of Henri-Lloyd as Official Clothing Supplier on a long term basis.

Henri Lloyd is widely regarded as a world leader in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel and have pioneered the development of fabrics, garment design and product development for nearly 50 years.

This partnership covers the production of RORC & event merchandise and branded sailing clothing for the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race.

"We are delighted to have the backing of the world's best producer of sailing clothing," said RORC Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen. "Henri Lloyd's no compromise approach to the production of foul weather gear is perfectly aligned to the requirements of our members who are all offshore sailors. The relationship will also benefit the large number of volunteers that support the RORC's racing programme."

The crew of 2011 RORC Yacht of the Year & Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennström's JV 72, Rán wear Henri Lloyd. Photo: Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiRORC members will receive a range of privilege benefits on Henri Lloyd products and a specialist service in the production of branded team clothing for their crew.

Henri Lloyd's Joint CEO Paul Strzelecki comments: "We are very excited and proud to have the Henri Lloyd brand associated with one of the world's foremost clubs. The RORC reflects some of the same heritage qualities as Henri Lloyd and with its large membership of experienced offshore racers and calendar of events, is a great club to be associated with. We are especially excited to be the merchandise provider for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2013 and look forward to a long relationship with RORC, their members and events.


Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - Date

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The next edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race will start on Sunday 11th August 2013.

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Rolex Fastnet Race lives up to its reputation

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The fleet docked in Sutton Harbour Marina. Photo: Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiRecords tumbled in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, 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 line in Plymouth.

On Sunday 14 August, 314 boats set sail - the largest ever Rolex Fastnet Race fleet - up from the previous record of 303. This was due to a new initiative from race's organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, to invite 'professional' offshore classes, able to compete under their own class rules, over and above the IRC fleet, that was capped at a maximum of 300 entries. The result was the most diverse selection of yachts ever assembled in a single offshore yacht race with the new initiative attracting many high-profile international racing teams. Thus in the same race some of the world's fastest multihulls such as the 140-foot long trimaran, Maxi Banque Populaire were lining up with Contessa 32s and pilot cutters with the complete pantheon of racing yachts in between.

A coup for the event was the participation of three Volvo Open 70s, the only occasion these boats would race together prior to this autumn's start of the fully crewed round the world race. The 'pro' classes also saw the race debut of the two Multi One Design 70 foot trimarans, and attracted six IMOCA 60s, best known for competing in the singlehanded non-stop round the world race, the Vendee Globe, plus an impressive fleet of 20 of their smaller cousins, the Class 40.

Leading the charge in the IRC fleet were the two 100 foot maxis Rambler 100 and ICAP Leopard, followed by the Farr 80 Beau Geste and Mini Maxis such as the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennstrom's JV72, Rán, and Andres Soriano's Mills 68, Alegre, but the bulk of the record-sized fleet were more regular yachts with amateur crews from a total of 20 nations. For many, participation in the Rolex Fastnet Race was the highlight of their sailing seasons, for others the pinnacle of their sailing careers.

Off the Royal Yacht Squadron platform, the fleet starts began with the multihulls and culminating with the canting keel monohulls and VO70s, the boats enduring a stiff beat out of the Solent and into the English Channel in the best Rolex Fastnet Race tradition. With winds gusting to 30 knots at the exit to the Solent at Hurst Narrows, there were the first dramas of the race with the Class 40, Eutourist Serv-System and the trimaran, Strontium Dog (GBR) dismasting, plus two collisions.

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Video: Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 - For the Record Books

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The 2011 edition set new record: number of entries, multihull and monohull race records.
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