Never 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!