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Race Updates 2013

Fastnet generations – keeping it in the family

Antix rounding the Fastnet Rock. Photo: Rolex/Daniel ForsterAnthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix, rounded the Fastnet Rock on 13 August at 19:10:54, an emotional moment for the all-Irish crew. From the bow to the stern of the boat, Antix personifies the long history and passion of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

On the bow, 22 year-old Jamie Donegan is the fifth generation of his family to have taken part, Henry Donegan having competed in the first Fastnet Race in 1925, aboard Gull, which was built in 1895.

"Henry Donegan was my great great Grandfather and on board was his son, also called Henry; it's a bit of a family name," smiled Jamie. "It wasn't until 1983, that Yellow Scampi raced around the Rock with Jim Donegan and his son Peter on board and I am the fifth generation to take part. I have been on the bow of Antix for the last two years and I have grown up with Anthony O'Leary's son Robert.

"The Fastnet Rock is so close to my home and it will be hard to turn around and go back, but I intend to do my family proud and enjoy the race and hopefully, this race will be the first of many."

Jamie Donegan may be the only sailor in the Rolex Fastnet Race to count a five-generation Fastnet affair but Peter and Robert O'Leary are the fourth generation of their family to have competed in the iconic race as their father, and skipper of Antix, Anthony O'Leary, explains.

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Who will win the Fastnet Challenge Cup?

Rolex Fastnet Race fleet leaving Lands End on the way to the Rock. Photo:Rolex/Kurt ArrigoWith nearly the entire 293 strong IRC fleet stretched across the Celtic Sea, calculating who may win the Fastnet Challenge Cup, after time correction, is a complex conundrum. However with VOR70, Team SCA, rounding the Fastnet Rock in an elapsed time of 37hrs 29min 37sec, we now have a reference point to gauge how the entire IRC fleet is faring.

The two 100 foot Maxis, Esimit Europa 2 and ICAP Leopard, have an estimated finish of Midnight tonight, the two goliaths are wrestling for Monohull Line Honours but an overall win on time correction is also a possibility. Esimit Europa 2 is over 12 miles ahead of ICAP Leopard on the water and is expected to pull away downwind in light airs. It is highly likely that given the present conditions, Esimit Europa 2 will take the gun and in doing so will be leading the race after time correction. Currently the two VO70s, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team SCA are locked in a private duel but neither is likely to eclipse Esimit Europa 2 after time correction.

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How to watch the start

Rolex Fastnet Race Start - Royal Yacht Squadron. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi The 45th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Sunday 11th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes with an impressive 347 competing yachts.

The first of eight starts is scheduled for 1200 with the magnificent multihulls speeding away towards the Western Solent. The last start is scheduled for 1350 with the high performance yachts powering through the racing fleet.

On Land

The best places to watch the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on Fastnet Radio on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green. As the fleet funnels out of the Solent there will also be good fleet viewing from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, and Hurst Castle on the mainland.

On Water

Spectator boats can watch the start in a specially created zone between the shore and Gurnard Buoy.

On Air

Fastnet TV:

For the first time in the history of the race, live TV coverage of the Rolex Fastnet start sequence will be broadcast from the RORC Fastnet web site:

Fastnet Radio:

Broadcasting live on 87.7fm on start day from 1145 with race commentary from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line and out on the water. Fastnet Radio will also be available on line at:

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Rolex Fastnet Race Entry opens midday today

Competitors in Sutton Harbour during the 2009 Rolex Fastnet RaceAt exactly 1200 GMT you will be able to enter all RORC races, including the eagerly awaited Rolex Fastnet Race, through the RORC Entry Management System.

If you have not yet read the 2013 RORC Notice of Race then it is available to view or download here.

The RORC Race Team will be there for you should you have difficulties or questions with your entries but please appreciate that we anticipate busy phone lines and inboxes. We recommend you check the Rolex Fastnet Race Guide for Entrants before you contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing who is the first to enter and will be updating the RORC Facebook page where we'd be delighted to receive your feedback and comments.

'Fastnet Veterans' are invited to share their experiences and provide helpful advice to the newcomers on our Facebook page.

Rolex Fastnet Race Newsletters

Fleet at the finishThe Rolex Fastnet Race is fast approaching and to help you prepare for your race the RORC will be publishing monthly Newsletters packed full of information. These Newsletters will be emailed to competitors as well so keep an eye on your inbox!

May, June and July have both been published and can be found here:

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