Team Portugal Ocean Race complete the Rolex Fastnet Race!
Challenging conditions but lots of fun.
It doesn't take much to have a great time sailing a Class 40 Racing Yacht. To start the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cowes surrounded by hundreds of other boats is sure to get your adrelanin pumping. And then there's 608 miles to go with a really special rock that needs to be rounded on the southwest corner of Irleland! It took our team little over 4 days to complete the course and arrive safely in Plymouth, UK at lunch time today. A first generation Class 40, Benoit Parnaudeau's 'Nacira', branded and called 'Portugal Ocean Race' for the Fastnet, is a wonderful boat to sail. With her hull made of wood she is a real home down below and not your usual super simple racing boat.
In the first hour of the race we had already lost an important rope that lifts a sail to the top of the mast and the pump on the water ballast system just decided not to work. Ballast means you can add water to the boat in special tanks in order to counterbalance the force of the wind. By doing this you gain extra speed. Well, there was no extra speed to be gained for our boys, but they kept going full force all the way.
Our entry in this race allowed us to promote the Portugal Ocean Race and meet other Class 40 sailors and teams who are excited and interested in doing the Portugal Ocean Race in 2012.
Thanks to everyone for your great messages of support!
We'll be updating the gallery below during the weekend.