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STORY LEADS - ROLEX FASTNET RACE 2013

ROLEX FASTNET RACE 2013

SELECTED STORY LEADS

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INTERNATIONAL & UK FOCUS

Pages 1-8 – General story leads

Pages 9-30 – Story leads by country

A selection of story leads from some of the 22 countries represented by boats and crews in the race.

Note: The document will be updated until the start of the race.

August 2013 Images: Thanks to: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi, Daniel Forster, Kurt Arrigo; Tim Wright/photoaction.com; Rick Tomlinson/ rick-tomlinson.com and other contributors Please note: This document will be regularly updated with new stories added in the build up to the race.

Please contact Katie Steiness (contact details below) for story ideas and features.

PRESS CONTACTS FOR ROLEX FASTNET RACE:

RORC PRESS OFFICE:

Press Officer Peta Stuart-Hunt E: peta@prworksuk.com Mb: +44 (0)7711 477707 Skype: PRPETA http://fastnet.rorc.org/ Press Coordinator Katie Steiness E: rorcpress@outlook.com Mb: +44 (0)7890 589826 !

ROLEX FASTNET RACE 2013 ROLEX FASTNET RACE 2013 STORY LEADS

AIMING FOR THIRD WIN

Niklas Zennström, 21.94m/72-foot British Mini Maxi Rán 2 (GBR) Fastnet Challenge Cup winner aims for three in a row. Niklas Zennström’s 72’ mini maxi Rán 2 is hoping to win the Rolex Fastnet Race for an unprecedented third time in a row.

Against mounting odds in 2011, Niklas Zennström's 72-foot Rán 2 became the fourth yacht to claim successive overall race wins.

Securing a third victory this year would elevate Rán 2 to the most successful boat in the event's history.

Should Rán 2 win this year, she will become only the second • yacht to win the race overall three times (Jolie Brise is the other), and the first to do so three times in succession: a feat which, in the unpredictable and highly competitive world of offshore racing, would border on miraculous.

Having won the Fastnet Challenge Trophy in two consecutive events (2009 and 2011), Rán 2 joined • the elite club of Jolie Brise (1925, 1929 & 30), Dorade (1931 & 33), Myth of Malham (1947 & 49) and Carina (USA, 1955 & 57).

Tim Powell, Rán 2’s Team Manager, has competed in four round the world races:

• “Experiencing the start of the Fastnet is unlike any other offshore race and this year with a record entry it will be a special moment for everybody in the race. I would especially like to wish the young crew of Jolie Brise a great race. I started racing offshore with The Youth Challenge and if you told me then that I would have the chance of winning it three times, I wouldn’t have believed you. For me, The Fastnet will always be a very special race.”

LINE HONOUR BATTLE

Abu Dhabi Volvo 70 ‘Azzam’ Defends Title (UAE) In the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, Abu Dhabi - skippered by British yachtsman and double Olympic medallist Ian Walker - set a new monohull race record of 42 hours 39 minutes, proving that the bar is still capable of being moved.

The Abu Dhabi Volvo 70 boat ‘Azzam’ is back to defend its title as current monohull record holder. The crew onboard for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 will include a number of Emiratis representing Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has confirmed its entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, having come 5th in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Skipper Ian Walker explains what they would like to get out of this Rolex Fastnet Race: “We wish to defend our monohull course record and enjoy this great race again and to get some offshore race practice and test some potential new crew members for the next Volvo Ocean Race. We have no real expectations as we recognise that much depends on the weather gods.” http://www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com/http://www.facebook.com/AbuDhabiOceanRacing Media contact: Sam Dulka: SDulka@tcaabudhabi.ae OTHER VOLVO 70S

There will be two other Volvo 70s competing:

Monster Project (RUS), a second generation Volvo Open 70, originally commissioned by Team Russia, for the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race. She will sail with 6 regular crew on board plus 10 Russian sailors including Athens Olympic Silver Medalist, Rodian Luka.

Contact: Andy Budgen - Budgenandy@aol.com Team SCA (SWE) will sail with an all-female crew preparing for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race (see notes later in doc).

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ALL TOGETHER – FOR EUROPE

FAST MONOHULL OUT TO GRAB LINE HONOURS

Esimit Europa 2: Maxi RP100: 30.48m (100ft), Jochen Schümann/ Igor Simcic (SLO)

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Founded in 1995, the Esimit Europa project started as a visionary idea by owner, Igor Simcic from Slovenia. Since 2010, Esimit Europa 2 has claimed 22 line honours at all 22 races attended and set 6 course records (including Giraglia Rolex Cup). The Esimit Europa project is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and is endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, and Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister.

http://www.esimit.com http://www.facebook.com/esimiteuropa; https://twitter.com/EsimitEuropa Media Contact: Gorazd Mauri (mobile: +39 366 675 90 92)/ gorazd.mauri@esimit.com Gazprom (main sponsor), BMW (official partner), Adidas (official sponsor), Medot (sponsor), Cinkarna (sponsor)

JOLIE BRISE: HISTORY AND YOUTH





Jolie Brise, Le Havre Pilot Cutter 1913, Dauntsey’s School( GBR), West Lavington, Nr Devises, Wiltshire (GBR) Jolie Brise won the very first Fastnet Race in 1925 when 7 boats entered the race. Owned by Commander Evelyn George Martin, the 56ft gaff-rigged pilot cutter finished the race in 6 days, 14 hours and 45 minutes. She went on to win again in 1929 and 1930 and is the only yacht (so far) to have won the prestigious Fastnet Challenge Cup three times. Built in 1913, she is competing this year to celebrate her 100th birthday. This most historic yacht will be sailed by pupils from Dauntsey’s School, some as young as aged 15.

Skipper Toby Marris:

“Since Dauntsey’s School started to sail Jolie Brise, over 9000 pupils have sailed on her. She sails about 220 days each year, clocking up about 10,000 miles. We have raced across the Atlantic with The Tall Ships Race, as far north as inside the Arctic Circle, east as far as Russia and south as far as the Cape Verde Islands. Jolie Brise is available for charter but during Dauntsey’s School’s holidays, the pupils have priority.

For the Fastnet, we will have seven girls and boys from Dauntsey’s School, all under 18 and two crew selected by The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. We believe we will be the oldest boat in the fleet with the youngest crew. This year’s race will be a once in a lifetime experience. Our goal is always to enjoy sailing her, but this race will become part of her history, so it is very special.” Skipper/Owner: Toby Marris (Dauntsey’s School) http://www.joliebrise.com Contact email: marristr@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

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LARGEST YACHT IN THE FLEET

LADY SKIPPER IN WORLD’S FASTEST OFFSHORE BOAT

Dona Bertarelli/Spindrift Racing, Maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 (Ex Maxi Banque Populaire) Spindrift 2: VPLP 140 Trimaran: 40.00m (131ft) Leading the charge will be the world's fastest offshore boat. As Banque Populaire V Maxi, the 40m trimaran romped around the course in a record time of 1 day, 8 hours and 48 minutes in the hands of skipper Loick Peyron. This boat is also holder of the Jules Verne Trophy for sailing non-stop around the world and, in 2009, set the Eastbound North Atlantic sailing record of 3 days, 15 hours, 25 mins, 48 secs, covering the 907.9nm at an average speed of 32.94 knots.

The boat has since been sold to the Dona Bertarelli-backed Spindrift Racing campaign, where Bertarelli and Yann Guichard intend to continue and improve upon the amazing giant trimaran’s record breaking career.

Sailing obviously runs in the family for Dona Bertarelli as she is not only the business and life partner of Yann Guichard, but she is also Ernesto Bertarelli’s sister.

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Virginie Bouchet, Communication & Presse, E virginie.bouchet@spindrift-racing.com, M +33 6 76 09 63 18, www.spindrift-racing.com OTHER BIG TRIMARANS - Three other massive trimarans will join Spindrift 2:Banque Populaire (formerly Franck Cammas' Groupama 3), skipper: Sebastien Duclos • Edmond de Rothschild, skipper: Sebastien Josse • Prince de Bretagne, skipper: Lionel Lemonchois • Oman Air - Musandam, skipper: Sidney Gavignet •

TRI-ING FOR RECORD ATTEMPT WITH BRAND NEW BOAT

Maxi-Multihull Prince de Bretagne, Lionel Lemonchois (Brittany) “This race is the most important classic race around, we can’t miss the Fastnet. The route is good and also technical. For us, it will be a perfect race to improve our new boat. “We are still in a phase of learning because the boat is very new. So our expectation is to sail with MOD 70 Class, Banque Populaire, Gitana 11 and try to be on the match with them,” Lionel Lemonchois The new maxi-multihull sponsored by Prince de Bretagne was first launched in October 2012. Bought as a 60ft ex-Orma 60, it is now 80 feet long and the three hulls are new along with the mast. Skipper, Lionel Lemonchois has raced in the Rolex Fastnet several times before in Maxi-Multihulls, IMOCA and Orma and won in 1999 with Catherine Chabaud on Whirlpool in the IMOCA class.

http://www.princedebretagne-mer.com/, https://www.facebook.com/MaxiPrinceDeBretagne, https://twitter.com/trimaranpdb. Press contact: Fanny Evenat, Email: fanny@rivacom.fr, Mb: 0033 6 48 14 25 04 ! $!

ROLEX FASTNET RACE 2013

PREVIOUS RECORD HOLDER

ICAP Leopard, Maxi, Mike Slade (GBR), LONDON Mike Slade’s primarily British crewed 100ft Maxi ICAP Leopard has had a refit since she competed in the last Rolex Fastnet Race in 2011. She is a former record holder and has twice crossed the finish line first in 2007 and 2009 and will be tough to beat given the right mix of conditions. In 2007 ICAP Leopard became the first monohull yacht to reach Plymouth in less than 48 hours, breaking a totem barrier unimaginable back in 1925 when Jolie Brise completed the first race in just under 147 hours.

Mike Slade’s record breaking Maxi ended the 2012 season in style, scorching across the Atlantic in just over 7 days, to win The International Maxi Association’s Transatlantic Race. Line Honours in a tough RORC Caribbean 600 was to follow and after sailing back across the Atlantic, ICAP Leopard is now ready for an extensive racing and charter programme in Europe, including the historic Rolex Fastnet Race.

Contact: Louise White, louise@leopard3.com, M: +44 (0)7909 662233

SAM DAVIES AND ANNIE LUSH ON ALL-FEMALE TEAM SCA

PREPARE FOR VOLVO OCEAN RACE (SWE)

To race around the planet is one of the greatest adventures on earth and one campaign ahead of the game for the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race is Sweden’s Team SCA who are already out on the water training from their base in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

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The team will use the Rolex Fastnet Race as a vital training ground for their preparations for one of the sporting world’s most challenging events.

The first five crew members have already been selected: (Left to right in photo above) Sophie Ciszek (AUS), Carolijn Brouwer (NED), Sam Davies (GBR), Liz Wardley (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR). The rigorous selection process to find the best crew continues.

VETERAN FASTNET RACERS

Skippers who have competed the most times:

27 times – Ken Newman (GBR), Marinero, Swan 46 (GBR) 25 times – Piet Vroon (NED), Tonnerre de Breskens 3, Ker 46 (NED) Six decades of offshore racing & 25th Fastnet as skipper Dutchman Piet Vroon will be just 83 when he hikes his 46ft grand-prix racer, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 down the Solent for his 25th Fastnet. He’s only missed out on one Fastnet Race in 1995. He took part in his first RORC race in 1955 and first Fastnet in 1963. Tonnerre de Breskens 3 has won the RORC season overall twice in a row (2010, when she was also Yacht of the Year) and again in 2011. She missed out in 2012 by a single point. Vroon was also awarded the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding racing achievement.

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27 Fastnet Races: Ken Newman has competed in the most Fastnets Piet Vroon only has one great rival for the most Fastnet races and that’s 83 year old Ken Newman, who has notched up 27 Fastnets and is going for his 28th this year.

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AND THE YOUNG ACHIEVERS…

YOUNGEST SAILOR

Eos, Elan 410, 12 year old Angus Stuart/Dad (Rod Stuart), Glasgow, Scotland Rod Stuart from Glasgow will be racing with Angus, his 12 year old son, who is likely to be the youngest crew member racing in the Rolex Fastnet Race this year. Angus Stuart has been sailing all his life. More recently, he has enjoyed yacht racing, after years of cruising with the family. Angus lives in Glasgow and often races on his Dad’s boat on the Clyde. In 2012, he was also the youngest competitor in the Round Ireland Race. During that race there was some pretty rough weather, which he coped with well, even managing to sleep through a cabin door falling off and landing on top of him! Angus says he enjoys the excitement of racing, and the banter on the boat. He’s really looking forward to the challenge of the Fastnet.

YOUNGEST-EVER VENDEE GLOBE SKIPPER

Macif, IMOCA 60, François Gabart (FRA)

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FRA62 VOTRE NOM Bertrand de Broc http://www.bertrand-de-broc.fr/ Catherine COQUIL: contact@bertrand-de-broc.fr AUTOUR DU MONDE (Synergie)

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