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Fastnet 450 Race Capped at 25 Boat Limit; 19 Entered So Far (List Here!)

13th August 2020
Both Red Alert, the JOD of Greystones Sailing Club (foreground) and Samatom of Howth are racing the Fastnet 450 on August 22nd. Both Red Alert, the JOD of Greystones Sailing Club (foreground) and Samatom of Howth are racing the Fastnet 450 on August 22nd.

Ireland's newest offshore race, the Fastnet 450, looks like getting its full quota of 25 boats even though details of the 270-mile fixture were announced less than a fortnight ago.

19 race-boats - drawn from as many clubs - are now entered with a cap on entries now in place and eight days to go to the first gun.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Cork Harbour race that incorporates the Fastnet Rock as part of the course, sets sail next Saturday lunchtime, August 22nd. 

The 'pop-up' race commemorates the 150th anniversary of the National Yacht Club and the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and has been arranged in jig time by the South Coast of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) as Afloat's WM Nixon's describes here.

Third in the Round Ireland, second in the D2D; could Aurelia top the podium of the inaugural Fastnet 450? Photo: AfloatThird in the Round Ireland, second in the D2D; could Aurelia top the podium of the inaugural Fastnet 450? Photo: Afloat

According to the skipper of the latest entry, Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia, "the allure of any race around yacht racing’s iconic Fastnet Rock is always hard to resist". The Dublin Bay skipper explained why the new race was an easy choice for him and his Royal St. George Yacht Club crew here.

Top DBSC performer Andrew Algeo is racing to Cork in his J/99 Juggerknot II Photo: AfloatTop DBSC performer Andrew Algeo is racing to Cork in his J/99 Juggerknot II Photo: Afloat

The Race Officer will be the National Yacht Club's Larry Power who is also in charge of the regular ISORA starts. The Warning Signal is 12.55 hrs on August 22.

The closing date for entries is next Monday, August 17th. The Notice of Race is here

Fastnet 450 Entry List at August 13

James Tyrrell Arklow Sailing club Aquelina J-112E
John Harrington RUYC and BYC eXcession IMX38
John O'Gorman NYC Hot Cookie Sunfast 3600
Brendan Coghlan George YOYO Sunfast3600
Rónán Ó Siochrú Irish Offshore Sailing Desert Star Irish Offshore Sailing Sunfast 37
Cian McCarthy Kinsale yacht club cinnamon girl Sunfast 3300
Robert Rendell Howth Samatom XC45
Simon Knowles Howth Yacht club Indian J109
Derek Dillon Foynes Yacht Club Big Deal Dehler 34
Grzegorz Kalinecki ISA More Mischief first 310
Peter Coad Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Blackjack Pocock 37
Andrew Algeo RIYC / BSC Juggerknot 2 J/99
Rupert Barry Greystones Sailing Club Red Alert JOD35
Flynn Kinsman NYC A Plus Archambault 31
John Conlon Arklow Humdinger sunfast 37
Coleman/Coleman David/Noel RCYC Blue Oyster Oyster 37
Denis & Annamarie Murphy Royal Cork Yacht Club Nieulargo Grand Soleil 40 B+C
Riome (skipper)/ co Leonard David/ Mark Kinsale Yacht Club Valfreya Sigma 33
Power Smith Chris   Aurelia J122
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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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