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    Fastnet Race 2011

    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:

    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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