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Volvo Ocean Race fleet join Rolex Fastnet Race

Among the 400 boat fleet setting off from the Solent on 6 August in the Rolex Fastnet Race will be the seven VO65s for Leg Zero of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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This will be the first occasion the teams will have lined up in anger. Among the seven, three teams competed in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race:

Second placed Team Brunel, the Chinese Dongfeng Race Team, third last time and the Spanish MAPFRE team, which finished fourth.

In one designs, experience is everything so these teams will have the edge, but crew from other boats in the last race have been distributed across the new teams too.

Dongfeng Race Team benefitted from being first to get sailing this time, picked their boat up post-refit late January.

They have several of the same crew and have focussed more on the competition this time, says skipper Charles Caudrelier. "Last time we spent the first five months in China doing crew selection. We put 30% of our time into performance. This time we put in 70%."

This year's Rolex Fastnet Race will be Caudrelier's third. In 2011, on the VO70 Groupama, they finished just behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, whose time of 32 hours and 39 minutes remains the monohull record.

While Dongfeng is a favourite, late to the party is Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Dee Caffari, their campaign was only announced mid-June.

Caffari is a big fan of the Rolex Fastnet having completed her first on a Challenge boat in 2001.

She was on Team SCA two years ago: "It is an ocean classic everyone wants to do. It covers such a range of boats and sailors, it is like an oceanic version of Round the Island Race."

The Rolex Fastnet Race starts from off Cowes at 11:00 hrs on 6 August.

G New
27 July 2017 4:56 GMT


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