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Plymouth Yacht Haven host memorable Rolex Fastnet Race

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24 August 2015

After 600nm of racing, the fleet of Rolex Fastnet Race competitors finished in Plymouth Sound and celebrated their achievements at Plymouth Yacht Haven.

After a slow start in light winds in the Solent, the race became a tactical affair with the wind eventually filling in once the teams had been racing for three days. Line honours went to Spindrift II as the first multihull and Team Comanche as the first monohull. However, due to the nature of the race and the IRC Ratings, it was the smaller boats who benefited with French team Courrier du Leon taking the overall race victory.

Finishing yachts were given two nights free berthing at Plymouth Yacht Haven with over 300 boats from the race berthing at the Mount Batten marina creating a unique atmosphere.

The Race Village at Plymouth Yacht Haven was bustling with teams from all over the world enjoying the live music, Crew bar, pop-up shops and the Rolex bar. The pontoons were opened to the public allowing local residents and sailing enthusiasts the chance to see the high performance yachts up close. The race drew national and international publicity with various members of the press, TV and radio all on-site for interviews, reports and live broadcasts.

Discussing the atmosphere at Plymouth Yacht Haven, Marina Manager Steve Kitchen said, “It is such a special and prestigious event that Plymouth Yacht Haven is proud to be a part of. Working with race organisers the Royal Ocean Racing Club, we’ve been able to create a unique atmosphere on the pontoons and in the Race Village which the sailors and members of the public have all been able to share and enjoy”.

One of the highlights from the 2015 race was the stunning battle between two of the oldest boats in the fleet. Dorade, 52” 1929 yewl, and Stormy Weather, 52” 1934 yewl, had both raced the Fastnet race back in the 1930s. The two yachts where separated by less than 1nm after rounding the rock and the battle continued all the way to Plymouth Sound were Dorade eventually took the honours and a worthy 2nd place in IRC 4.

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Marina Manager Steve also thanked the Plymouth Yacht Haven berth holders saying, "We are extremely grateful to our loyal berth holders for the way they have embraced the event. Without their cooperation, we could not support the Rolex Fastnet Race in this way and we're delighted that our berth holders were able to enjoy the very special atmosphere."

The bi-annual event sees teams race from Cowes in the Solent, across the Irish Sea to the infamous Fastnet Rock and back to the finish in Plymouth. The 2015 race saw a record number of entries in excess of 350 with boats ranging from the 40m Spindrift II Trimaran, 100ft Maxi Comanche down to the smallest yacht at just 30ft.