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Posts Tagged ‘Fastnet’

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While the word ‘Mooch’ still may remind folks of the racist nutbag running the USA for the moment or the Goodfella who ran his press office for 6 minutes last month, we hope the UK yacht Scaramouche can begin to wash the smell off what is a damned good nickname.  And if they keep taking underprivileged city kids out on a well-found racing yacht and then publicizing it beautifully to the world, they’re on their way.   From the blurb (snd thanks to Halcyon Yachts for the heads up).

After five days at sea, a team of inner-city teenagers have made history as the only crew from a comprehensive [what we call ‘public’ school in the US -ed] known to have finished the world’s largest offshore sailing race.  Scaramouche is a 45ft German Frers yacht that was built in 1982 for the Admirals Cup, a true thoroughbred. The students are however the stars of the show and they deservedly won the Media Prize and as such were first up at the Fastnet prize giving.

In non-Mooch related news, French skippers absolutely dominated the huge race, winning 9 of the 11 major trophies.  England may have the biggest races but they grow offshore talent in France like they grow grapes and dairy cows: Very, very well.

August 16th, 2017 by admin

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This Dongfeng Race Team video on the eve of the weird Leg Zero (featuring the Fastnet and some other practice racing) gets us started quite nicely, thank you.  You’d think this was straight out of Sam Greenfield’s fertile mind, but according to the Youtube, it comes from Eloi Stichelbaut and Jeremie Lecaudey.  Maybe they’ve been watching too many Sam Greenfield videos?  We’re waiting to see what comes from creative superstar Jen Edney, the sole woman selected to be an OBR despite thousands of applications from female reporters…

August 1st, 2017 by admin

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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing used the Fastnet Race as a crew tryout for the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race, and unlike the dopey official event video, it’s a solid watch from start to finish.  Enjoy.


September 16th, 2013 by admin

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Hannah Jenner checks in from the Class 40 Fastnet Race fleet aboard 11th Hour Racing.  Track the fleet here.

BTW – has anyone noticed that the English seem to have given up on ever getting to the finish line of the Fastnet before all the French have finished, eaten, slept, and eaten again?


August 14th, 2013 by admin

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