Rolex Fastnet 2009 Race

10th to 15th August 2009

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Meeting up for the party at the start of the Fastnet
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A trimaran that Tim is interested in
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A night at the Folly Inn
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Dancing on the tables
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The next morning was quiet!
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The regulations said we all had to show our trisail and storm jib as we passed the checking in boat
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300 boats chasing off down the Solent
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Here's one of the winners (Ran 2) flying past - she started an hour after us and had overtaken us within the hour
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Whoosh
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Tim
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Cliff
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Land's End
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The Shark's Fin Rock
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A long old slog up to Ireland against tides and contrary winds
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Chris and Elliot
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Bob
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Richard
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Most of the way up was grey
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First sight of the Fastnet Rock - took us about 200 miles longer to get there than if we could have sailed directly there
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Thanks Chris for the very exclusive Champagne - just the job to toast the Rock
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Managed 11.5 kts near the finish
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Coming up to the Bishop Rock off the Scilly Isles
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Stuart - excellent skipper
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One of our competitors - we managed to keep a mile or so ahead of her all the way in
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The beard is coming on
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Philomena
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The inter-boat language would have been interesting to hear
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Loads of boats behind us - but even more in front!
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Elliot and Richard preparing excellent bangers and sauted potatoes
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A pretty fishing boat
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Mooring up at 2am on Saturday morning - miles from the nearest pub - we never got to get to a bar at the finishing line for any of the races so we should have known the same would happen this time
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Waiting for the tee-shirt at the Rolex tent - free beer at last!
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A great trip with great people and a cruiser that did us proud


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