Rolex Fastnet Race Archives

Race round up 1100 12th Aug 2009

La Foresta del mar Photo: Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiAmanda Hartley's Swan 56, La Foresta del mar was the surprise winner in IRC Zero beating the highly fancied Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens owned by 26 time Fastnet veteran Piet Vroon. La Foresta del mar was crewed by some of the worlds finest Spanish sailors including Jordi Cafalat and Guillermo Atadil. Sir Geoffrey Mulcay's Swan 56, Noonmark VI is third.

Loday & Nicoleau, Grand Soleil 43, Codiam, look to have clinched IRC 1 with Cyrille Legloahec's A 40, Batistyl and Andrew McIrvine's Corby 36, Quokka VII, currently second and third respectfully. All three yachts are now in.

Alperovitch & Huillard's A 35, Prime Time, are still holding court in Class IRC 2 with David Walters' J 39, Jackdaw in second and Yannick Richomme's Grand Soleil 40, Captain Blind in third, all three of these yachts are safely tucked up in Sutton Harbour but most of the class are still at sea. These three yachts look set to take the podium positions in class.

In IRC Three none of the boats have completed the Rolex Fastnet Race, currently Fabrice Amedeo's X 332, Bateaux Mouches du Pont de L'Alma leads David Lees' High Tension 36, Hephzibah with Fabrice Tropres' Dufour 34, Major Tom losing ground control to drop to third place.

In the two Handed division there was heart break for Mike Moxley and his crew on HOD 35, Malice, having led for virtually the entire race on corrected time, Malice was pipped to the post by Simon Brady's Figaro, Sonic Boom II by less than an hour in a race that took nearly five days. Mark Himsworth's Contessa 32, Drumbeat is currently in third place but still racing.