August 14, 2011
The Fastnet Race starts this morning with 350 boats entered. Starting at noon off Cowes, the 605 nautical mile race to the Fastnet and then to the finish at Plymouth is likely to be rather windy.
I’ll be watching for Barry and Andy aboard Dinah, racing double handed in Class 3.
Other Irish boats to watch are:
- IRL 5005 Lee Overlay Partners Adrian Lee Cookson 50 IRC CK
- IRL 4052 Legally Brunette Cathal Drohan & Paul Egan X-41 IRC 1
- GBR 111 Arabella Niall Downing & Nick Smyth J-111 IRC 2
- IRL 3607 Lula Belle Liam Coyne Beneteau 36.7 IRC 3
- IRL 9388 Joker David Gibbons Sigma 38 IRC 4
- GBR 7716 Psipsina Paddy Cronin & Brian Flahive HOD 35 IRC3
Also, OSTAR friend Marco:
GBR 41 Eutourist Serv-System Marco Nannini Class 40
Follow the fleet with the online Race Tracker
The only Fastnet Race I have done covered was in 1985, August 12 to be precise, via a fishing boat from Baltimore. That’s Condor above, front page of the Sunday Tribune that week.
Here is Nirvana, which took line honours and shaved 12 hours off the previous record.
Atlantic Privateer, overall winner in 1985:
The Guardian’s Bob Fisher reported on the race as a member of the American boat Jubilation, seen here with a light keeper in the upper right waving to the crew. The picture ran alongside his report in the paper.
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