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The Fastnet Rock at sunsetMike Broughton is navigating on Jens Kellinghusen's German Rogers 46, Varuna for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. This will be the 14th trip 'around the rock' for Broughton, he did his first, as a nipper, in 1979.

"At the start, current weather models are predicting that south west to westerly winds will dominate, potentially these could be in the early teens," suggested Broughton. "By Monday, a low pressure system north of Northern Ireland could well come into play bringing good breeze to the Irish Sea, especially for the leading boats. I would go as far to say that this may well suite Niklas Zennstrom's RÁN. I see them as favourite for an overall handicap win in IRC."

ICAP Leopard are hot favourite for line honours, they may well get to the Rock around sunset on Monday night and make Plymouth by Tuesday.

The conditions may be a disadvantage to the smaller boats in the fleet, as Mike Broughton explains; "The low pressure system should really benefit the leading boats before recurring north, bringing high pressure and less wind, to the race course by Tuesday."

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