Not So Fastnet

Spectators watching the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race start from the Royal Yacht Squadron

Spectators watching the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race start from the Royal Yacht SquadronRolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Start of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race

Start of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet RaceRolex / Kurt Arrigo

PAKEA BIZKAIA (ESP), IMOCA 60, at the starting line off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes

PAKEA BIZKAIA (ESP), IMOCA 60, at the starting line off the Royal Yacht Squadron, CowesRolex / Kurt Arrigo

LUNA ROSSA reaching down the Solent after race start

LUNA ROSSA reaching down the Solent after race startRolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The Farr 100 ICAP LEOPARD, leads the fleet after the start

The Farr 100 ICAP LEOPARD, leads the fleet after the startRolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The newly-launched 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) by Hurst Castle lighthouse

The newly-launched 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) by Hurst Castle lighthouseRolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Class Zero's MOANA (BEL), NIMROD (GBR), and DESPERADO (GBR) sailing past the Needles

Class Zero's MOANA (BEL), NIMROD (GBR), and DESPERADO (GBR) sailing past the NeedlesRolex / Kurt Arrigo

Karl Kwok's Blue Water 80 Beau Geste at the start of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race

Karl Kwok's Blue Water 80 Beau Geste at the start of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet RaceKurt Arrigo

Alex Whitworth's Brolga 33 Berrimilla 2 at the IRC start

Alex Whitworth's Brolga 33 Berrimilla 2 at the IRC startKurt Arrigo