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Wizard looking like a winner

The crew of Wizard at the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race in which they have put in a strong performance to contend for IRC Overall © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com The crew of Wizard at the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race in which they have put in a strong performance to contend for IRC Overall © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

You won’t get co-owners David and Peter Askew to acknowledge it, but all the talk around the Fastnet Race Village is that Wizard is looking like a shoo-in for overall race winner on IRC handicap.

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David beats Goliath in the battle for line honours in the monohulls

David and Goliath on the start line of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race © Kurt Arrigo/Rolex David and Goliath on the start line of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race © Kurt Arrigo/Rolex

It has been a big morning in Plymouth with Rambler 88 taking monohull line honours, closely followed by arch-rival 100ft SHK Scallywag, and the VO70 Wizard scorching in behind the front two and looking like a very good bet for victory in IRC overall in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race.

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Bumpy ride to the Rock

IRC Three and Four are making their way towards the Fastnet Rock IRC Three and Four are making their way towards the Fastnet Rock

Monday 05 Aug 0900 - IRC Three and IRC Four

The vast majority of the Rolex Fastnet Race armada racing in IRC Three and IRC Four passed the Isles of Scilly on the second night of the race. As they enter the Celtic Sea they are in for a bumpy ride.

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Rambler 88 knocks 88 minutes off the Rock record

Rambler 88 have broken the monohull record for fastest to the Fastnet Rock © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com Rambler 88 have broken the monohull record for fastest to the Fastnet Rock © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

Rambler 88 broke the monohull record to the Fastnet Rock by 88 minutes when the canting-keeled sloop from New York passed the rock at 16:45:47 this afternoon. George David and his crew have set a new time of 1 day 2 hours 47 minutes, breaking their own record which they set back in 2011 with the bigger Rambler 100 (1 day 4 hours 15 minutes). However, that was the same occasion when the keel fell off the 100-footer, not long after rounding, requiring the crew to be rescued.

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First Blood to Dream Pearls and Foggy Dew

Dream Pearls, JPK 10.80 sailed by Eric Mordret and Arnaud Delamare © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com Dream Pearls, JPK 10.80 sailed by Eric Mordret and Arnaud Delamare © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

Sunday 04 Aug 1200 - IRC Three and IRC Four

After leaving the Solent the fleet enjoyed a fresh breeze along the south coast of England but after sunset on the first day, the wind evaporated during the night. By dawn the fleet was concentrated in an area offshore from Start Point, devoid of breeze. After a frustrating first night, a south westerly wind materialised by late morning. Those teams that had ventured further offshore got into the new breeze first, reaping the rewards on their respective leaderboards.

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Smallest boat, biggest message

The Rogers family's Contessa 32, Assent, and crew before the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race The Rogers family's Contessa 32, Assent, and crew before the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race

A key part of the famous Rogers Lymington yacht design/boat building dynasty are sailing what they describe as a ‘museum piece’ in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race. The sons of Jeremy Rogers, creator of the Contessa range - Kit who has taken over the reins of the family firm and renowned yacht designer Simon plus their respective eldest, Jonah and Hatty - are sailing the 1972 vintage Contessa 32 Assent.

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Big or small boat race? The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race remains wide open

Meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh's routing map Meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh's routing map

Whether to go inshore or offshore, how long will it take, will it be a ‘big boat or small boat’ race, how to handle the powerful tides and will I need an anchor and an umbrella? The answers for this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race are profoundly different according to whether you are on an Ultim trimaran or one of the fastest monohulls like Scallywag and Rambler 88 or on Assent, the Rogers family’s well-travelled Contessa 32 or one of the 390 or so boats in between.

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Cowes Parade is packed for Press Conference and Skippers' Briefing

Matt Sheahan comperes the Press Conference, asking questions of Alexis Loison of Léon, Didier Gaudoux of Lann Ael 2 and Paul Moxon of Amokura © Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.com Matt Sheahan comperes the Press Conference, asking questions of Alexis Loison of Léon, Didier Gaudoux of Lann Ael 2 and Paul Moxon of Amokura © Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.com

The great and the good of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race appeared on a specially prepared stage set up for the public on Cowes Parade this afternoon.

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Cowes Fastnet Race Village Open

The UKSA free paddleboard around the "Fastnet Rock" is one of several attractions open to public and competitors at the Fastnet Race Village © Trish Jenkins The UKSA free paddleboard around the "Fastnet Rock" is one of several attractions open to public and competitors at the Fastnet Race Village © Trish Jenkins

For the first time the Rolex Fastnet Race will be operating a pop-up Fastnet Race Village on Cowes Parade ahead of the 48th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Open from 11am - midnight onThursday 1st August, for one day only, the Fastnet Race Village will be open to competitors and the public alike with free attractions, food and entertainment!

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Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Yachts from all over the world will be descending on Plymouth for the Rolex Fastnet Race © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo Yachts from all over the world will be descending on Plymouth for the Rolex Fastnet Race © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race.

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ROLEX Fastnet Race 2019 - Change of Date  

Rolex Fastnet Race © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex Rolex Fastnet Race © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex
The 2019 edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race will start on Saturday 3rd August 2019, which is two weeks earlier than the original published date.
 
Unusually, the race will now run the week before Lendy Cowes Week, whose dates remain unchanged, starting on Saturday 10th August. This break with tradition, in consultation with Lendy Cowes Week, has been made for a number of reasons, including weather concerns over late August.
 
"We have been wrestling with this decision over the summer and particularly the relative timing with other events in Cowes and the Solent," said RORC Commodore Steven Anderson. "A late August start has weather implications for our big fleet and we anticipated running into the summer bank holiday would cause difficulty for many participants. Bringing the race forward by two weeks addresses these issues and allows us to encourage the fleet into Cowes in the pre-race days before the start."

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