Are you sure you want to go singlehanded racing for 610 miles?
The first few hours of the outward leg to the Fastnet Rock proved extremely tough for the 44 skippers in the Round the Rock Race, with gusts of above 35 knots kicking up a severe sea state in wind against tide conditions. Jeremy Waitt on the JPK10.10 Jangada reported “8ft standing waves in the Needles Channel – the worst I have seen there.”
Not surprisingly, there have been a number of retirements, mostly as the result of gear breakages. Of the nine boats that have dropped out so far, four were due to pilot problems. Nicholas Pasternak’s JPK10.10 Jaasap was leading when his pilot forced him to retire to Weymouth on the first night. The following morning, another front runner, Nigel Colley’s Sunfast 3600 Fastrak X, gybed involuntarily with the A5 spinnaker up when the pilot failed, resulting in the sheets fouling the saildrive and rudders. Check it out.