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Press Releases 2013

Fastest Fastnet Entries

Rives Potts' Carina rounds the Fastnet Rock in 2011. Photo:Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiNever have the words 'highly anticipated' applied so accurately as to the Rolex Fastnet Race. Today, at midday, the REMUS entry system went online with the 2013 RORC race season. What happened next is an astounding tribute to the status of the race, the passion of competitors and the efficiency of REMUS (RORC Entry Management System).

Between 12:00 and 12:01, 20 boats had entered with Blondie, Henny Abbenhues' First 42s7, the first to enter only 7 seconds after entries opened.

Within 10 minutes there were a total of 121 Rolex Fastnet Race entrants.

Now, at 16:30, this has crept steadily higher to the current list of 235 boats.

To place these numbers in context one must look back to 2011 when the limit of 300 boats was reached after 10 days of the entry system opening. This year it looks like the limit will be reached much earlier than in previous editions and the Royal Ocean Racing Club would encourage anybody considering a Fastnet campaign to get their entries in soon!

For more information about the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Rolex Fastnet Race, please visit the websites.

Rolex Extends Fastnet Race Support to 2021

The magnificent Fastnet Rock captured by Daniel Forster during the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race: Credit: Rolex/Daniel ForsterThe Royal Ocean Racing Club's blue riband event, the biennial 608-nautical mile Fastnet Race, will be supported by Swiss watchmaker Rolex for a further five editions, until 2021. The highly successful partnership stretches back to 2001.

"We are delighted with the continuation of our association with Rolex," said RORC Commodore Mike Greville. "Our relationship with Rolex is a true partnership and in the past 11 years, we have seen the Rolex Fastnet grow in international stature, strength and popularity. Together with Rolex, we look forward to further developing one of the toughest challenges in offshore yacht-racing for the benefit of the participants and spectators alike."

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Henri Lloyd appointed as RORC Official Clothing Supplier

Henri Lloyd - RORC Official Clothing ProviderThe Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) are delighted to announce a new partnership for the club in the form of the appointment of Henri-Lloyd as Official Clothing Supplier on a long term basis.

Henri Lloyd is widely regarded as a world leader in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel and have pioneered the development of fabrics, garment design and product development for nearly 50 years.

This partnership covers the production of RORC & event merchandise and branded sailing clothing for the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race.

"We are delighted to have the backing of the world's best producer of sailing clothing," said RORC Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen. "Henri Lloyd's no compromise approach to the production of foul weather gear is perfectly aligned to the requirements of our members who are all offshore sailors. The relationship will also benefit the large number of volunteers that support the RORC's racing programme."

The crew of 2011 RORC Yacht of the Year & Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennström's JV 72, Rán wear Henri Lloyd. Photo: Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiRORC members will receive a range of privilege benefits on Henri Lloyd products and a specialist service in the production of branded team clothing for their crew.

Henri Lloyd's Joint CEO Paul Strzelecki comments: "We are very excited and proud to have the Henri Lloyd brand associated with one of the world's foremost clubs. The RORC reflects some of the same heritage qualities as Henri Lloyd and with its large membership of experienced offshore racers and calendar of events, is a great club to be associated with. We are especially excited to be the merchandise provider for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2013 and look forward to a long relationship with RORC, their members and events.