The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is underway! See all the pictures from the offshore race
The Rolex Fastnet Race, is underway! The biennial offshore race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club takes place over a course of 608 nautical miles. It starts in Cowes and follows the southern coastline of England westward before rounding Land’s End. The boats then cross the Celtic Sea, round off the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland, then the Isles of Scilly before finishing in Plymouth. See the pictures from the race and read all the latest news here.
02/08/17: Mapfre Triple Crown Ocean Racer’s new outright Around Isle of Wight world record by a monohull yacht
The Mapfre, one of the seven entries in the 2017/8 Volvo Ocean Race, completed the 50-mile course around the Isle of Wight in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new outright Around Isle of Wight world record by a monohull yacht, beating Slade’s time by 6 minutes 58 seconds. Unlike the Volvo Ocean 65s, ICAP Leopard has powered winches. Mapfre therefore also beat the previous world record for a monohull without power assistance by an impressive margin of more than 36 minutes. Both records are subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.
“We did a very good start and the manoeuvres were all very good – it’s one of our strongest points we have as a crew,” said skipper Xabi Fernandez. A lot of us have sailed together already and the new people are all good, very switched on, and things are coming together nicely.
“We had a good start, were able to control the fleet a bit, and then we were always in the lead. It was a very close race with the other boats, there were some very fast moments, and it was great fun.”
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02/08/17: Jodie Kidd races on the CQS Triple Crown Maxi Racer
Former model and car racer Jodie Kidd was part of the 100ft foiling supermaxi CQS crew. Liam Brooke, co-founder of Cowes Week title sponsor Lendy was also onboard. “It was amazing, tough conditions and we had some issues, which was a bit of a shame.” said Jodie. “It was an unbelievable experience – we were given quite a rough ride round the back of the Island and I felt I was part of the team on the rail.”, he said after the race.
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01/08/17: Annabel Vose is awarded ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Annabel Vose, has been announced as the winner of the ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Cowes Week. The trophy recognises the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing. Vose is the first woman to to be selected as part of Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR Academy team. She competed in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.
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