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Ultimes Threaten Rolex Fastnet Race Record


Start: Cowes - Saturday 3rd August 2019



Unless there is a flat calm, it is very likely that the outright record will fall in this edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's premium event, the Rolex Fastnet Race, starting Saturday, August 3, 2019. For leading the charge in the world's biggest offshore yacht race, with a fleet of 300-350 competing, will be the world's fastest offshore boats – the Ultimes.


In the last windy Rolex Fastnet Race in 2011, the Loick Peyron-skippered Banque Populaire V blasted around the 608-mile course in 1 day, 8 hours and 48 minutes. But for the mighty 131ft-(40m-) long trimaran (later re-christened Spindrift 2) her average speed, a mere 18.53 knots, was like she was towing buckets. Two years earlier she had managed the 2880-mile west to east Atlantic crossing, averaging 32.94 knots.

Today, while her transatlantic record may remain tough to beat, Banque Populaire V is old technology. Modern day Ultime trimarans at . . .

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