After being sailing and cruising for a month and a half without internet I was catching up and found out an amazing report about the last Fastnet (August) the biggest edition with more than 300 boats and this time with much more true racing sail machines.
The race had strong winds and it has a hard and fast race and the big news are the VOR 70
The three made an incredible race beating all 100fts including the record older, Leopard. They arrived 1th, 2th and 3th on monohulls (real time), all the three beating the old record that belonged to the 100ft Leopard (2007).
The winner was a surprise, the Arab boat
with a British skipper, beating Groupama with Camas for just 4 minutes (they had a lot of problems on Groupama).
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Azzam takes record-breaking Fastnet win
The race could be even more interesting if the Maxi Rambler (100ft) would not have lost its keel when was leading the monohull race (mid-race). It was then chased closed by Leopard and the three VOR 70.
Some interesting videos:
Volvo 70s in Record Breaking Fastnet Battle - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 1080P HD - YouTube
Volvo Open 70s shine at the Rolex Fastnet Race - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 1080P HD - YouTube
Rolex Fastnet Race 2011: the start - YouTube
Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 start - YouTube
But of course, line honors went to Banque Populaire the big trimaran that only needed a bit more than half the time of the fastest monohull to complete the race
Fastnet 2011: Loïck Peyron bat 2 records sur Banque Populaire ! - YouTube