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August 9

New Fastnet Record

French mariner Loick Peyron sailing his venerable 60 foot Trimaran
Fujicolor has set a new outright record for the Fastnet.  Sailed
biennially the Fastnet covers a distance of 605 miles. 

If you would have seen the Fastnet start a speed record would not
have come to mind.  The Saturday start saw less than 2 knots of
wind.  The wind was so light that the multihulls needed 4 hours
to sail the first 24 miles.  However, after the start things picked up
and Kingfisher reported 71 miles sailed in the next 3 hours.

By 1400 British time on Sunday Fujicolor and Broceliande had
pulled ahead, with Alain Gautier's Broceliande in the lead at Fastnet Rock.
The leading 60 foot multi hulls rounded Fastnet Rock approximately 50 miles
ahead of Kingfisher and Banque Populaire. 

The leading boats simply sailed into new wind first.   This left the second
group of 2 multihulls dusted.

By 0327 Banque Populaire had rounded the rock followed 12 minutes
later by Kingfisher.

The wind held for Fujicolor and by 1127 British Time Fujucolor had
crossed the finish line in Plymouth England.  14 minutes back
was Broceliande.  Peyron's new outright record is 1 days 16 hours
and 27 minutes is 5 hours faster than the time Primagaz
(sailing this race as Kingfisher) set in the 1997 Fastnet.  Fujicolor's
average speed was 14.96 knots.  The average of 14.96 knots means
Peyron's Fastnet reference time is the 10th fastest average time
for a record. 

Below find a list of yachts that rounded Fastnet Rock behind the
60 foot trimarans. 

More finishes are not expected until this evening.   Kingfisher's
ETA is 1700-2300 British time with other boats behind her.

1. Broceliande - 60 Ft. Trimaran
2. Fujicolour- 60 Ft. Trimaran
3. Banque Popular- 60 Ft. Trimaran
4. Kingfisher-  60 Ft. Trimaran
5. RF Yachting New Zealand- 80 Ft. Maxi One Design
6. Skandia - 80 Ft. Maxi One Design
7. Alinghimax- 80 Ft. Maxi One Design
8. Synphony- 80 Ft. Maxi One Design
9. Defi Bouygues Telecom- 80 Ft. Maxi One Design
10. Rainbow Magic- 80 Ft. Maxi One Design
11. Illbruck- Volvo Ocean Race 60
12. Sagamore- ILC Maxi
13. Boomerang- ILC Maxi
14. Alexia- ILC Maxi
15. Whirlpool- Open 60 Monohull
16. Yess-  Volvo Ocean Race 60
17. Sayonara- ILC Maxi
18. Riviera di Rimini- Open 60 Monohull

For updated information see:  http://fastnet.org


Figaro Solo '99 Leg 2 begins

Leg 2 of the 1999 Figaro Solo race is underway.   Leg 2 is 545 miles
from Brest France to Bayona Spain.  Conditions for the start were Force
5 southwesterlies.  The wind is expected to build to gale force strength.

After the first 2 hours of racing the One Design Figaro's were well
bunched.  From first to last was only 20 minutes. 

As expected the wind did grow to Force 7 (28-33 knots).   On board
Nintendo 64 skipper Bruno Jourden fell on a winch.  Result of the fall:
a fractured vertebra. 

Soon the fleet will enter the Gulf of Gassoinge.   White sails will come
down, and spinnakers will go up.  Next waypoint is Finisterre.

Irish skipper Damian Foxall sailing Barlo Plasics sits 14th only 3 miles
from the leader.  Foxall welcomes the testing conditions: "I am in my element
here as this is the kind of racing I am much stronger in - I tend to run better over
a longer time period and in heavier conditions."  We shall see how well
Foxall evaluates his sailing strengths.

To follow the race please see: http://figaro.sail-online.fr/uk/index.cfm