Rolex Fastnet 2011 - capsizes, records, all the stories

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 17 Aug 2011
 


ACWS' Cascais is over - well done, ETNZ - and right now the story is the Fastnet Race. In fact, it has been THE story for the last few days, according to the web metrics, even while the ACWS was running. Is there a message there?

Probably the biggest item in the Fastnet story is Rambler 100 losing her keel. Fast and efficient action from the RNLI's Baltimore lifeboat, and all crew are safe ashore in West Cork. Shipwrecked, and cast up on the shore in Ireland... pictures and video below.

Special congratulations to Ian Walker and his merry men on board the Abu Dhabi VO70 Azzam on setting a new Fastnet monohull race record - maybe when the 'opposition' measures 100 ft, this is the biggest story of all? And of course Maxi Banque Populaire setting a new multihull record. All the stories, below.

Guy Nowell, Editor



America's Cup sailors recount Rambler capsize in Rolex Fastnet Race
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Five times round the world racer, and America's Cup sailor Erle Williams (NZL), has described the moment when the supemaxi Rambler 100, capsized soon after rounding Fastnet Rock, yesterday. A professional yachtsman, Williams is one of New Zealand's top sailors, with a long sailing career encompassing five Round the World races, and several America's Cup campaigns. Other top America's Cup sailor... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ran across finish line
Trish Jenkins,
Niklas Zennström's Ran crossed the line off Plymouth at 12:53:44 BST, in an elapsed time of 2 days 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. Rán benefitted from the retirements yesterday of 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) and 68-foot Alegre (GBR). According to Gavin Brady, Beau Geste was forced to pull out when some cracking developed in her deck and with conditions set to build around the Fastnet Rock and the onset of... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Aiming for a second victory
KPMS,
the Rolex Fastnet Race, the morning time witnessed the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) take place; after which the first of the Mini Maxis made their arrival in Plymouth during the afternoon in the form of 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Rán (GBR).... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos and interviews
Sail-World,
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment... [more]
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RS500 Worlds day 1
Golly Tucker,
The Magic Marine RS500 World Championship has now completed its first day of racing and Weymouth didn't disappoint. As the wind built, so did the anticipation in the boat park; there were some nerves as well as a fresh south-westerly blowing across the dinghy park.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5 - Fleet away
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Today is day 5 of Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and its another great day for racing in the Whitsundays. There were smiles all round this morning as the crews left Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina.... [more]
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WMRT Tour Card holders set to compete in Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup will welcome all nine of the World Match Racing Tour Card Holders into the competition which is set to take place from October 4-9 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, though they may not all race each other in the event.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro Leg 3 - It's not over yet
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro - The 46 boat strong fleet has been progressing in light sea breeze along the Brittany coast. French skipper Jérémie Beyou is still leading, but everything could still happen on the last hundred miles to the finish. Will it be café and croissant for the finish? Since over 50 hours, the 46 solo skippers have been playing the tough game of choosing the best route... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race will be 'as tough as ever'
World Match Racing Tour,
The man behind St. Moritz Match Race says this year's event will be dominated by a small group of on-form teams. And having masterminded the organisation of the event since it started, Christian Scherrer is a man who should know. The Swiss professional sailor, a former World Match Racing Tour winner, helped found St. Moritz Match Race eight years ago following a promotional tour of Switzerland... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Weather forecast suggests west is best
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This morning Gold Coast Australia has emerged from Stealth Mode to reveal that the team has chosen a more westerly route towards the Scoring Gate – whether they make a run at the gate or chose to avoid it altogether, as De Lage Landen has opted to do, only time will tell.... [more]
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Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
KPMS,
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Roaring Forty 2 leads Class40 fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Over Monday night, the 17 remaining Class40's in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet crossed the Celtic Sea with reports of 25 knot windspeeds and gusts up to 30 knots with a challenging sea state. By the halfway point of the 150 mile leg from Land's End to Fastnet Rock at 22:30 BST, the two BT Boats Kiwi 40FC's were still holding the lead... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Rambler 100 update
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi Rambler 100 capsized in the Celtic Sea during the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race: Azzam takes Volvo Open 70 honours
Richard Gladwell,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam won the three-way battle of Volvo Open 70s in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Day 3 on Tuesday, finishing four minutes ahead of Groupama 4. Team Sanya were still on the course at 0730 GMT. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, finished first in a time of one day 18 hours 39 minutes and 0 seconds. That was well inside the monohull record for the race.... [more]
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Rambler 100 drops keel and bulb in Rolex Fastnet Race - more pictures
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Photo of the upturned Rambler 100, distinctly missing her (carbon?) keel, and bulb... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta at St. Francis YC
Rich Roberts,
The 18ft Skiff International Regatta is being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and Michael Coxon, an Australian, has a bit of advice for the world-class sailors who will soon be testing the waters of San Francisco Bay in the buildup to the 34th America's Cup in 2013: respect.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Rolex Fastnet Race images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – Gold Coast Australia in Stealth Mode
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The leading boats are just 300 miles away from the Scoring Gate and the stage is set for a very interesting 36 hours as they jockey for position to gain the additional three race points on offer there. Race Director, Joff Bailey, comments, 'At the moment it looks like any of the leading four teams have a good chance of getting these extra points... [more]
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Fastnet Race: Team Sanya level-pegging with Groupama and Abu Dhabi
Sail-World,
It's Day 2 of the Rolex Fastnet Race and underdogs Team Sanya are neck and neck with favourites Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Groupama Sailing Team after going it alone tactically overnight. The former Telefonica Blue, skippered by 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean race winning skipper, Mike Sanderson, held a small lead over the two newest generation Volvo Ocean race yachts, as the second day dawned.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 7 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the seventh day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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Team Korea - ‘surprise of the week' at America's Cup World Series
Clifford Webb,
The first of the 2011-2012 ACWS events drew to a close in Cascais, Portugal today, having set a new format competition on the way with style, excitement and huge promise. Team Korea have enjoyed their introduction to the competition with fantastic success, and are regarded as the ‘surprise of the week' given their stellar performance, but it wasn't quite the champagne finish in the last race... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - The finale – devil take the hindmost
Bob Fisher,
And so to the so-called Super Sunday . . and the opportunity for Jimmy Spithill to demonstrate to the boss, Larry Ellison, how it should be done. Larry claimed the sixth man spot and Jimmy appeared to be ready to present the dainty dish to set before the king with a classic, well-timed run into the start... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race gets off to a classic start - but one dismasting
Sail-World,
The record-sized Rolex Fastnet Race fleet set sail from Cowes in classic conditions – a beat westward up the Solent in a building west-southwesterly and sunshine, but with an ominous looking cloud line over the mainland. In the end there were 314 starters, the largest fleet ever to start the Rolex Fastnet Race following the previous record of 303 in 1979.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup event summary
PWA,
The PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup has come to a close in Alacati, Turkey. We now share with you a rundown of all the action that took place amid supreme conditions that blessed the beautiful bay of Alacati for six days of slick slalom sailing allowing eleven dramatic eliminations to be completed and two world titles to be awarded.... [more]
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Laser Masters World Championship - A nail biter to the very end
Paige Brooks,
Laser Masters World Championship - San Francisco Bay's trademark current and wild wind made a final appearance for the conclusion of the event. Competitors put on their warm gear and hopped into their boats one last time Saturday morning in preparation for the day's races.... [more]
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Dragon D41 wins the Tumi Summer Saturday Series
Tam Nguyen,
Last Saturday 13 August was the final day of the Tumi Saturday Series organised by the Hebe Haven Yacht Club in Hong Kong. Ahead of the two last races, the victory in the Dragon division was still possible for Shiva (D41 skippered by Tam Nguyen), Maiden Hong Kong (D40 - skippered by Andreas Brechbul) and Fei Chi (D51 - skippered by Karl Grebstadt)... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - A Box of Matches on the penultimate day
Bob Fisher,
It is a day when the amount of confusing material has been reduced to a minimum. We members of the media were addressed only by the ACRM supremo, Iain Murray, and with the 'big fella' there is no room for anything but straight talking, none of the confusion of marketing-speak.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey - World titles to Dunkerbeck and Offringa
Ed Sinclair,
With the pressure still on, Dunkerbeck shone through the initial races of the day, sailing a slick set of heats to earn his position in the winners' final. Having won five races in Alacati, Dunkerbeck secured a significant lead that could not be matched therefore granting him the event win prior to the finish of the competition.... [more]
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49er Youth World Championship final
Jerelyn Biehl,
Thirty-seven teams representing fourteen nations competed in the first edition of the 49er Youth Worlds. Eventual Youth World winners Niels Gormsen and Anders Thomsen (DEN) sailed a fantastic series of 12 races with all races in the top ten with their discard a black flag penalty.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Souvenir of Cowes
Daniel Forster,
Top international yachting photographer, Daniel Forster, is in Cowes for the Extreme Sailing Series, and provides this souvenir of Cowes... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup Day 5 - Inching closer to the title
PWA,
The PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup currently taking place in Alacati, Turkey has reached its fifth day of competition. The day in Alacati has been a nervous one for Dunkerbeck as he inches closer to the world title with Sarah-Quita Offringa sticking two more bullets in the bag.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Surprise victories on day 7
Rupert Holmes,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has reached its seventh day of racing which presented a more gentle day than those earlier in the week. The day's racing got underway with bright sun and a gentle breeze that built to 15-18 knots. The day also saw incredibly tight racing across dozens of classes and a surprise early winner in the XOD class.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - Friday's media child is not forgiving
Bob Fisher,
In poetic terms, Friday's child is loving and giving, but this child of Friday is far from that. The world has been inverted. Gone is my ride with Mitch Booth and the China Team – I have been replaced by one Lili Canecas, described as a 'Portuguese Celebrity' - apparently the AC 'organisers' have first call on the position.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race curtain call and twenty-one gun salute
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race this week enjoyed the presentation of awards at the Royal Yacht Squadron's Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight. The cast of players have taken their final bow, and the production that was the Transatlantic Race 2011 has closed to rave reviews.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta -Medal Races 470 and Laser
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Japan's Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata sealed a fantastic gold medal in the Women's 470 after they overhauled Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark on a day that decided the medals in the Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470.... [more]
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