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Royal St. George's 'Golden One' Enters Fastnet 450 Offshore Race

13th August 2020
Aurelia - The Golden One - is signed up for the Fastnet 450 Aurelia - The Golden One - is signed up for the Fastnet 450 Photo: Afloat

Chris Power–Smith's J122 Aurelia ('The Golden One') from Dublin Bay is the latest entry for next weekend's inaugural Fastnet 450 Race from Dublin to Cork.

The skipper of the potent ISORA performer says the decision to enter the race first announced a fortnight ago was a very easy one to make given 'the allure of any race around yacht racing’s iconic Fastnet rock is always hard to resist'.

Power-Smith believes the race is a "nice length" and with the home port start attraction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour where most of the fleet is based, he says he could see it having "a regular place in what normally would be a very crowded calendar".

Chris Power Smith (pictured centre kneeling) on his J122 Aurelia is racing the first Fastnet 450Chris Power Smith (pictured centre kneeling) on his J122 Aurelia is racing the first Fastnet 450 Photo: Afloat

The Royal St. George Yacht Club helmsman, who finished third overall in the 2018 Round Ireland Race and second in the 2019 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race, says he is delighted that in addition to the ISORA series another premier offshore event has been added to the otherwise very scant  2020 sailing calendar.

'the allure of any race around yacht racing’s iconic Fastnet rock is always hard to resist'

With a distance of 260 miles and an expected duration of around 36 hours in normal conditions, Power Smith says it has been relatively easy to organise from a logistics and crew point of view. "This is helped by the start in Dun Laoghaire which makes it like a home game for us".

While some of his more experienced crew had made alternative holiday plans after the cancellation of Round Ireland, Power-Smith says he is using the opportunity to test new crew and roles on a longer offshore race.

"I am at the point where I have nearly assembled a full crew. I have a couple of technical issues to sort out with a fault on my navigation PC and a new prop to be fitted next week, I am hoping to have the boat in reasonable racing condition, if not up to full Round Ireland level of preparedness".

The J122 skipper says it is usually a struggle to organise delivery crew for the trip back to Dublin but with "more people hanging around than usual, I have had a good response". The proximity of Crosshaven to Cork and it’s good transport links are a good help, he says.

The race starts off Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 12.55 on Saturday, August 22nd. More Fastnet 450 Race news here.

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Fastnet 450

The South Coast of Ireland Racing Association, in association with the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork will stage the first edition of this race from Dun Laoghaire to Cork Harbour via the Fastnet Rock on August 22nd 2020.

The IRC race will start in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 22nd August 2020 and pass the Muglin, Tuscar, Conningbeg and Fastnet Lighthouses to Starboard before returning to Cork Harbour and passing the Cork Buoy to Port, finishing when Roches’s Point bears due East. The course is specifically designed to be of sufficient length to qualify skippers and crew for the RORC Fastnet Race 2021.

The clubs have combined forces to mark their anniversary celebrations, it being the 150th anniversary of the National Yacht Club and 300th (Tricentenary) of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

At A Glance – Fastnet 450 Race

The first edition of this 270-nautical mile race starts from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay on August 22nd 2020 and finishes in Cork Harbour

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