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More than just an Outstanding Sailing Project

Races 2013

[11. – 14. August]
Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Rolex Fastnet Race is a difficult contest testing both inshore and offshore skills, as well as preparation of the yacht and the crew. The 611 mile long course takes the competing yachts from the starting line in Cowes on the Isle of Wight towards the Fastnet Rock southwest of Ireland in the Atlantic Ocean, back around the outside of the Isles of Scilly located southwest of England, to the finish line in Plymouth, England. On their way, the competing yachts pass many coastal landmarks including the Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, the Lizard, Land’s End, the previously mentioned Fastnet Rock and Bishop’s Rock. Despite its scenic views, the succession of low pressure systems above the North Atlantic Ocean give constantly moving weather patterns which navigators have to plan upon.

The rules of the bi-annual race have been upon the initiative of the organizing club altered in 2011 and sailors in all 'professional' offshore classes are invited to compete under their own class rules, over and above the IRC fleet, entries of which are limited to 300. The rule proved as successful, as now the last two editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race resulted in the most diverse selection of yachts ever assembled in a single offshore yacht race and attracted many high-profile international racing teams to compete.

In the 2013 season, the Esimit Europa 2 for the first time sailed into the Atlantic Ocean and took line honours among all monohull yachts that tackled the light winds which accompanied this year’s race. Elapsed time of Esimit Europa 2 as the first yacht crossing the finish line in Plymouth was 60 hours and 27 minutes.

First 10 yachts rounding the Fastnet Rock

Position Yacht Sail Number Elapsed time
1. Esimit Europa 2 SLO1001 1d 11h 27m
2. ICAP Leopard GBR1R 1d 12h 05m
3. Team SCA SWE1673 1d 13h 29m 37s
4. Abu Dhabi UAE1 1d 13h 57m 03s
5. Bella Mente USA45 1d 15h 32m 10s
6. Rán GBR7236R 1d 16h 37m 35s
7. Lupa Of London GBR23N 1d 20h 45m 10s
8. Artemis Ocean Racing GBR100 1d 21h 20m 20s
9. Monster Project RUS1 1d 22h 28m 23s
10. Pace GBR528R 1d 22h 43m 22s

First 10 yachts crossing the finish line in Plymouth

Position Yacht Sail Number Elapsed time
1. Esimit Europa 2 SLO1001 2d 12h 27m 49s
2. Abu Dhabi UAE1 2d 17h 35m 03s
3. ICAP Leopard GBR1R 2d 17h 39m 43s
4. Bella Mente USA45 2d 17h 43m 53s
5. Rán GBR7236R 2d 17h 45m 19s
6. Team SCA SWE1673 2d 17h 47m 31s
7. Artemis Ocean Racing GBR100 2d 19h 29m 57s
8. Monster Project RUS1 2d 19h 46m 51s
9. Lupa Of London GBR23N 2d 21h 08m 04s
10. Pace GBR528R 2d 21h 15m 07s