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The Rock

The Rock


The first boats are around Fastnet Rock. At 00:26 GMT this morning Mike Slade’s 100ft supermaxi ICAP Leopard was the first boat to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of southwestern Ireland. In a 10-15 knot westerly breeze, Karl Kwok’s Farr 80 Beau Geste passed at approximately 04:44 GMT, followed by the IRC Class SZ leader on handicap, Niklas Zennström’s Judel-Vrolijk 72 Ran 2 at 05:08 GMT. Behind them were a gaggle of boats led by the first two IMOCA 60s, Sam Davies and Sidney Gavignet on the fully-crewed Artemis Ocean Racing, ten minutes ahead of Seb Josse’s BT IMOCA 60, the first doublehanded entry in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Thanks to Trish Jenkins and photos by Carlo Borlenghi. Here’s a vid from on board Hugo Boss.