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Record fleet in prestigious Fastnet Race

Monday, August 07, 2017 - 01:21

A record number of 368 yachts are competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race with the first finishers due to arrive in Plymouth on Tuesday morning

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SHOWS: COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 6, 2017) (ROLEX VNR - ACCESS ALL) 1. AERIAL OF ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON 2. STARTING GUN FIRED 3. VARIOUS OF SPECTATORS 4. VARIOUS OF BOATS PREPARING TO START 5. CONCISE MULTIHULL POWERING OFF LINE 6. VARIOUS OF START OF MEDIUM-SIZED YACHTS 7. VARIOUS OF CLASS 0 START 8. DONGFENG RACING 9. VARIOUS OF RAMBLER 88 RACING 10. DONGFENG RACING 11. CQS RACING 12. AERIAL OF YACHTS RACING STORY: A record fleet of 368 yachts started the world's biggest and most famous offshore yachting event, the Rolex Fastnet Race, on Sunday (August 6). Rambler 88 is one of the main contenders for monohull line honours. Finishing first in Plymouth is an achievement which has eluded owner George David to date, a twice second-placed finisher on the water either side of a dramatic capsize in 2011. With 29 nations represented, over one third of the fleet is comprised of overseas entrants. The fleet started their 605-nautical mile journey heading westward up the Solent to the famous Needles landmark. They then continue along the south western coast of England before crossing the Irish sea to round the Fastnet Rock ahead of the final leg to Plymouth. Dongfeng was the early leader in the first day of the race. The first finishers, led by the fastest multihulls, are forecast to arrive in Plymouth late on Tuesday morning (August 8).

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Record fleet in prestigious Fastnet Race

Monday, August 07, 2017 - 01:21