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Race Updates 2009

Beau Geste an hour from Rock

The yachts approaching the Fastnet rock are experiencing a drop in wind speed frustrating their efforts, next to round the famous lighthouse off the south west coast of Ireland should be Karl Kowk's Farr 80, Beau Geste. Niklas Zennstrom's JV 72, RÁN are only six miles astern of them and will be watching their mast head light for signs of any manoevres.

The last up date from the RORC OC Tracker shows that RÁN is not leading on handicap for the first time in this race, Nigel Passmore's Plymouth based TP 52, Apollo is over a hundred miles behind the leaders but is currently top boat in IRC Super Zero on corrected time.

Christophe Coatnoan's Class 40, Partouche has reported into to retire due to mainsail damage, only the second retirement that we are aware of.

Hot favourite to lift the prize for the best boat blog is an hilarious entry from Priscilla, sailing on IRL 77777 Whisper.


ICAP Leopard rounds Fastnet Rock

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01:26:00 ICAP Leopard rounds Fastnet Rock

Mike Slade’s canting keel maxi, rounded the windward mark in the early hours of Tuesday morning and after unfurling their huge spinnaker, set a course back towards Plymouth, at 0300 GMT ICAP Leopard was 240 miles from the finish, averaging 15 knots of boat speed, a north westerly breeze on the giant maxi’s starboard quarter. If the breeze holds out, Slade and his international crew including Brad Jackson and Justin Slattery could be in Plymouth by the afternoon or early evening.

Behind them, Karl Kwok’s Farr 80, Beau Geste and Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72, RÁN are approaching the Fastnet rock, they are only 6 miles apart and should turn for home around 0400,this morning.


When the going gets tough

Breeze on

Beau-GesteMike Slade’s Maxi ICAP Leopard is launched, charging across the Irish Sea with no-one to race but the clock. Their estimated arrival at the Fastnet Rock is between midnight and two in the morning, at the moment they are off record pace.

20 miles behind them is Karl Kwok’s Farr 80, Beau Geste which is having a battle royal with Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72, RÁN. Beau Geste has now passed RÁN but the all star British team on the JV 72 are leading class on handicap.

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