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Newsflash: Imoca 60 - Line Honours for Macif in the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race

François Gabart, Skipper of MACIF (FRA), crossed the finish line of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race at the Plymouth Breakwater at 07:32:19 on Wednesday, 14th August after an elapsed time of 2 - 19:22:19.

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The Fastnet Rock Rounding times and finishers in the Rolex Fastnet Race will be posted on the official race website here.


Class IRC Zero Line Honours go to Bella Mente in 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race

Hap Fauth, Skipper of Bella Mente (USA), crossed the finish line of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race at the Plymouth Breakwater at 07:33:53 on Wednesday, 14th August after an elapsed time of 2 days, 17:43:53.

However, Rán 2 (GBR), skippered by Niklas Zennström, is leading the Class IRC Zero fleet on corrected time by 1m 26s.

More information will follow in our Morning Update.

The rock rounding times and finishers in the Rolex Fastnet Race will be posted on the official race website here.


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Newsflash: Esimit Europa 2 takes Monohull Line Honours in 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race

2013-rfr-esimit-europa-rolex-df-lowresThe European team, skippered by Jochen Schumann, of Esimit Europa 2, one of the two 100ft monohulls racing in IRC, crossed the finish line of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race at the Plymouth Breakwater at 02:17:49BST on Wednesday 14th August with an elapsed time of 60hr 27m 49s.

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Girl power rules as Team SCA moves into the lead in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Rolex Fastnet Race: The mainly female crew on Team SCA powers onwards. Photo: Rolex/Kurt ArrigoNow downwind, homeward bound back from the Fastnet Rock, the overall IRC leadership has shifted in favour of the bigger boats. With this, there is some excitement sparking up around the Rolex Fastnet Race Village at Plymouth Yacht Haven with the women's Volvo Ocean Race team, Team SCA, moving into first position. This morning the pink VO70 had edged ahead in the IRC Canting Keel class, and this afternoon they have taken the overall lead.

However they are being seriously threatened by the all-male crew led by Ian Walker on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, currently just over a mile astern of Team SCA. While there are three male coaches sailing on board Team SCA, including Kiwi veteran and multiple Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson, the rest of the crew is female.

Former Olympian, multiple Laser Radial and Europe World Champion and Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Carolijn Brouwer, is on board, along with British Vendée Globe sailor Sam Davies and Olympic match racer Annie Lush. "We are currently ahead - it is very close, very exciting!" said Brouwer. "We have them [Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing] in sight for the whole night and they are just to windward behind us a little bit. It has been very competitive racing so far."

Brouwer, originally from the Netherlands, who was helming Team SCA at the start, said that although the Rolex Fastnet Race was the team's first official race, for the crew it represented another step in their training for next year's round the world race.

"We are in 9-10 knots of breeze and conditions are very, very tricky," Brouwer continued. "We have been doing a lot of manoeuvres and a fair few changes - we are just focusing on keeping them clean and tidy." They have used being in contact with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing VO70 to compare their performance. "Conditions are extremely tricky and it will only get trickier the closer we get to Plymouth. We just need to keep focused and keep chugging along, like we have over the last couple of days and hopefully it will all turn out okay."

At 1600 BST, Team SCA had 120 miles to go and was 27 miles from Bishop Rock to the west of the Scilly Isles.

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A case of quick quick slow for fastest boat in the world

Night Owls, Winning Crew on Spindrift 2 at finish line of Rolex Fastnet Race. Photo:Rolex/Kurt ArrigoA case of quick quick slow for fastest boat in the world

The world's two fastest offshore racing trimarans had to endure the world's slowest finish in the early hours of this morning in the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Having jockeyed for the lead since leaving the Solent on Sunday, the Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard co-skippered Spindrift 2 was ahead past the Lizard in the early hours of this morning, only for the wind to switch off within two miles of the finish. Even the world's largest racing trimaran, with her 47m tall wingmast, was unable to find any wind when it counted.

As she parked, with Plymouth tantalisingly near, Armel le Cleac'h and the crew of the 31.5m trimaran Banque Populaire were able to ghost in. As the navigation lights on the French Vendée Globe hero's maxi-trimaran grew ever bigger, at one point closing to within half a mile, it looked like she might sail around Spindrift 2. However, at the last moment, the frontrunner found the lightest zephyr to ghost across the finish line at 02.53.58 BST.

Due to the upwind and light conditions this year, Spindrift 2's elapsed time of 38 hours 53 minutes and 58 seconds was more than six hours slower than the course record that this same boat managed in the race two years ago.

Despite being so close, it was another 22 minutes 41 seconds before Banque Populaire crossed the line.

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