Rolex Fastnet Race Archives

Race Updates 2009

Rock around the Rock

Stamina III. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo Most of the big boys have finished the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Barbican is an impressive sight; Liara, Luna Rossa, Rosebud, Beau Geste, RÁN, the list is endless, the hardware unbelievable. This morning, picturesque Sutton Harbour in Plymouth hosted its first dockside presentation with Mike Slade and his ICAP Leopard crew claiming line honours for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. Slade paid tribute to his competition; "You guys had us looking over our shoulder from start to finish." Niklas Zennstrom's JV 72, RÁN, looks a likely winner of the handicap prize overall, as Plymouth based, Nigel Passmore's TP 52, Apollo, missed out by over three hours, this afternoon. But there are 300 boats in this race and most of them are still battling away.

In the Two-Handed class Mike Moxley's HOD 35, Malice has been in top spot for the short handers, the entire race. Currently 221 miles from the finish and achieving a higher average speed than the competition. Still very much in touch though are Simon Brady's Figaro, Sonic Boom II and Nicolas de La Fourniere's X 34, Exile Mirabaud.

The Class 40s are having a real battle, Tanguy delamotte's Initiatives Saveurs - Novedia Group holds the lead by seven miles from Giovanni Soldini's Telecom Italia and Boris Hermann's Beluga Racing. This class could produce a real nail biting finish. The leaders are at Bishop Rock, on the last leg to the finish.

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Just go for it!

artemis-ocean-samSam Davies has just completed the Rolex Fastnet Race, her first high profile offshore race since her circumnavigation in the Vendee Globe. She is one of the rising stars of world yachting, her performance in the non-stop solo round the world race was nothing short of brilliant. Sam came fourth in a stellar cast of thirty of the world’s finest solo sailors. Sam is not exactly Amazonian; she is very fit but petite, living proof that you don’t need to be built like a gorilla to sail. What Sam lacks in brawn, she makes up for in brains. She is tactically aware and has learned to replace brut strength with technique.

“You can be useful on a boat even if you don’t know very much, if you watch and learn and take things in quickly. On a big offshore boat, some jobs are not too complicated; they are easy to learn. You needn’t have sailed or your life to do that job, if you focus on doing your job, you will do it well and get recognized for it and you will get more opportunities to go sailing, perhaps on better boats. Also, once you are good at doing your job, it becomes automatic and you can look around and understand more about the other jobs on the boat.

It is important to be physically fit but I rather go sailing to do this than go to the gym, it is much more fun! But I would recommend exercises that improve your core stability, this is important to avoid getting injured; there is a lot of twisting and turning on a boat and that can lead to injury.

Correct clothing is always important and I would recommend good sailing gloves, they protect your hands but also give you far more grip. Also knee pads are a good idea, there is a lot of climbing over decks and kneepads are a good way of preventing injury.

I have been sailing all my life, since I was one year old but it is not essential, my partner in past transtlantic races has been Jeanne Gregoire and she did not start sailing until she was 18 or so. If you want to get into sailing, my advice is - Go for it!

NEWS FLASH - BT is first IMOCA 60 to finish

First home in the IMOCA 60 Class  is Seb Josse, BT, finishing at 05:00:15 Wednesday 12th Aug 2009.

Niklas Zennstrom's RÁN finished at 05:01:33 Wednesday 12th Aug 2009. RÁN are currently leading on handicap, overall in IRC.

ICAP Leopard finish

ICAP Leopard finishMike Slade, owner of ICAP Leopard, line honours, receives a Rolex Yacht-Master Timepiece & Erival Trophy from Lionel Schurch (Rolex) with Eddie Warden Owen (RORC Chief Executive)