NEWS RELEASE: Tuesday 8 January 2013
300 Boat Entry Limit Reached in 24 hours
By midday, the Royal Ocean Racing Club confirmed online entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race had reached capacity. Less than 24 hours after the online entry system opened, 300 boats had registered for this classic race. This sets a new record previously held by the last race in 2011 when the limit was reached after 10 days.
Henny Abbenhues’ First 42s7, Blondie was the first boat to enter, only 7 seconds after entries opened.
Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager confirmed: “It’s been an astonishing 24 hours with the 300 boat entry limit for the Rolex Fastnet Race being reached in record time. We are delighted that the race is so popular and that the places have once again been taken up faster than ever before.”
All is not necessarily lost for boats who have not been so quick off the mark to enter, as a waiting list can be joined at: http://remus.rorc.org. Past experience shows that approximately 10 to 15% of the boats entered do not go on to compete in the race, so it is very likely that places will become available.
There is also a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions online: http://fastnet.rorc.org/race-
For more information about the Rolex Fastnet Race, please visit: http://fastnet.rorc.org/
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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RORC RACE ENQUIRIES:
Rolex Fastnet Race:
The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is open to both monohull and multihull sailing yachts. It has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925. The 608-nautical mile race is a test of strategy and skill with crews encountering challenging tidal currents and changeable weather. The fleet starts from the renowned Royal Yacht Squadron off Cowes in the United Kingdom, races out of The Solent and westward down the English Channel before crossing the often tempestuous Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, and then returning on a reciprocal course to the finish off Plymouth. Further information on the Rolex Fastnet Race may be found at: http://fastnet.rorc.org/
Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC):
The RORC was formed immediately following the completion of the first Fastnet Race in 1925. Its brief was ‘to encourage long-distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation in which speed and seaworthiness are combined.’ The RORC has been a pioneer in the sport, not only organizing offshore racing, but also in developing standards of excellence, particularly in regard to safety issues. It is at the forefront of race management and in the development and administration of rating rules for racing yachts around the world.The principal clubhouse is in St James’s Place, London. With over 85 years of proud history, the RORC is a truly international yacht club comprising approximately 3,300 members from 54 different countries. http://www.rorc.org
As “the crown in sailing” for over 50 years, Rolex is proud to be a major force at play behind the sport’s finest events, participants and organizations. Today, the Swiss watchmaker is Title Sponsor of some 20 major international sailing events in distinct categories. Its primary associations are with the classic offshore races, select championships and the Maxi class of yachts. Off the water, Rolex participates in the development of yachting through its support of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the sport’s governing body, and the annual ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. In patronage of sailing’s exceptional individuals, Rolex counts among its Testimonees Danish legend Paul Elvstrom, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, American yachtsman Paul Cayard, a seven-time sailing world champion, six-time America’s Cup veteran and two-time Olympian, and Brazilian sailor Robert Scheidt, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who was twice named the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year.
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