The Fastnet Race Starts Today!

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The Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 will start for the first class – the multihulls – at midday today, Sunday 16th August. The course is unchanging; 603 miles along the south coast of England to Lizard Point, and then turning north-west into the Irish Sea and heading for the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland. Once around, it’s south-east back to the Isles of Scilly, before turning back east to the finish in Plymouth.

Of the entry list of 400 boats, many raced across the Atlantic from Newport in the Transat and stuck around to compete in the Fastnet Race, like the speed machine, Comanche and the storied race course classic, DoradeDorade has won the legendary 603-mile race twice before: in 1931 and again in 1933 and part of her mission with these big ocean races is to again capture the silver at the finish line.

After the start full coverage of the Rolex Fastnet Race will continue with pictures and video on the multimedia page, the latest news and the Competitors’ Blog to keep race fans up to date. All of the yachts in the Rolex Fastnet Race will have YB Trackers so the worldwide audience can track their progress in real time – 24 hours a day.

Visit the official Rolex Fastnet website: www.rolexfastnetrace.com/

 

Dorade’s Transatlantic Quest

Dorade’s Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory

Personally, I think Dorade is one of the coolest older wooden racing sailboats afloat. The Sparkman & Stephens yawl is a beauty in every way, in every harbor, to every yacht designer. It’s certain.

She was once a record wrecker, winning many of the big ocean races, like the TransPac, the Fastnet, and Newport-Bermuda amongst others. She became known and feared as a serious blue water racer and her latest owner has vowed to snatch back the trophies again – with 2 of 3 down and one to go: The TransAtlantic Race.

On June 28th, Dorade and her 40 fellow competitors, will head out of Newport, bows pointed towards the Lizard, the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain, some 2,800 nautical miles from the Newport start.

Follow along at the Dorade blog – Excerpt below:  SO COOL! GO Dorade.

10-Day Countdown to Transatlantic: How to Follow Dorade

Dorade in Newport in 2010. (Photo Credit Billy Black)

The Transatlantic Race is the third in a series of four major ocean races in the “Return to Blue Water Campaign.” Conceived shortly after Brooks and his wife Pam Rorke Levy bought Dorade in 2010, the campaign was initially called “Matt’s Crazy Idea,” but soon after the completion of a year-long refit Dorade began winning races, both offshore and in coastal regattas in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and on the West Coast, proving that she could once again be competitive. The team silenced the campaign’s critics once and for all in 2013, when Dorade was the overall winner (on corrected time) in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, 77 years after its first victory with the race. That was followed by an IRC class win in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race. The campaign wraps up this August with the Rolex Fastnet Race, which Dorade won overall in 1931 and 1933.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

  • For frequent updates between events and during racing, follow Dorade on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag: #DoradeSailing #ReturnToBlueWater
  • For full race reports and updates from the team, visit http://Dorade.org/blog/
  • Real-time tracking of Dorade will be available during the 2015 Transatlantic Race through the event’s YellowBrick system (link will be available next week)
  • For updates on the entire 2015 Transatlantic Fleet, follow the event on Facebook and at http://transatlanticrace.org/

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And because we love a good video – take a ride on Dorade to Bermuda…