18 August 2015

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, Approaching Fastnet Rock, Sailing Videos

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, Approaching Fastnet Rock – 17 August - published on Aug 17, 2015: Day 2 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading yachts have passed the halfway point of the 603-nm offshore race with the front-running multihulls rounding the race’s emblematic turning point – the Fastnet rock. The fastest monohulls are in close pursuit, while the majority of the fleet is engaged in a real tactical contest as it grinds its way slowly past the headlands of southern England. The 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race is well underway and living up to its reputation as a true test of sailing prowess.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 start video above - The Start - The 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race is underway. After negotiating seven separate start sequences called from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the largest fleet in the race’s proud 90-year history have commenced the famous 603-nautical mile offshore race to Plymouth via Ireland’s Fastnet rock. Progress at the start was slow, the 356 race starters forced to find the merest zephyr of breeze during one of the lightest starts in the race’s history. Fortunately a building breeze has seen the fleet make good progress on exiting the Solent. Published on Aug 17, 2015

Tracking Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - rolexfastnetrace.com
Mastering the Light: "...“Everybody can sail in a good wind but you have to strive very hard to make sure you perform well in the light. If the boat is going just a fraction of a knot more than a competitor you get ahead and when the breeze does kick in, that lead multiplies. In the light we can sail 5 or 10% better than the opposition and that is difficult to achieve in a true wind..."

Languishing off the Lizard: "Progress overnight in the Rolex Fastnet Race has been better than expected with the majority of the fleet having been lured out into the middle of the Channel following the temptation of stronger winds. At 0800 this morning the leading multihulls had passed Land’s End and were tackling the south side of the Traffic Separation Scheme east of the Scillies. Inevitably the larger 40m Spindrift 2 had edged into the lead overnight, but was only seven miles ahead of American Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo³, tightly bunched in with Musandam-Oman Sail and the Multi 80, Prince de Bretagne. At the time Spindrift 2 was sailing into pressure, making 14 knots while the boats behind were managing only 8-10. At the time Seven Stones light vessel off Land’s End was recording 8-9 knots of wind from the ESE..."
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