'movistar', the Spanish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, will be hoping to add the Rolex Fastnet monohull record to her 24-hour distance record achieved earlier this year, when she takes part in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday 7 August.
Dutchman Bouwe BEKKING, who is a veteran of ocean sailing, will skipper the Volvo Open 70 movistar.
The 2005-2006 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be the fifth time BEKKING will have competed in the Ocean Race and he also counts winning the Sydney-Hobart race as one of his many sailing achievements. BEKKING and his team of nine (plus a camera man) will compete in the biennial 608 nautical mile (nm) Rolex Fastnet Race in class 'Super Zero'.
Another Volvo Ocean Race veteran Ross FIELD holds the current monohull record for the race. FIELD competed in the 1999 edition of the race onboard the 80 ft RF Yachting
, completing the [then] 605 nm course in 2 days, 5 hours, 8 minutes and 51 seconds, which meant averaging a speed of 11.38 knots. When movistar
broke the 24-hour distance record in April this year, she covered 530.19 nm, averaging a speed of 22.90 knots, and will be hoping that the conditions will enable her to continue her record-breaking form.
BEKKING commented, 'We will race the Rolex Fastnet Race in full Volvo Ocean Race round the world mode and according to the Volvo 70 class rules - even though we race under another rule for this event. Of course it would be easy to get rid of a lot of weight, (safety gear, extra anchors etc) or to bring extra crewmembers, but we want to race as close as possible to the displacement we will sail in the Volvo Ocean Race.'
The race will start on Sunday 7 August off Cowes, Isle of Wight, with the smaller classes starting from 11 00 before movistar
and the rest of class super zero set off at 12 20.
288 yachts will compete in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's classic event. The course will take the large fleet southwest down the Solent, past the Needles and out into the English Channel. They will pass Lands End, before heading out into the Celtic Sea. Once around the famous Fastnet Rock they will head for home via Bishop Rock Lighthouse on the south side of the Isles of Scilly, and then on to the finish line at the western end of the Plymouth breakwater.
Currently the weather forecast looks set for light to moderate winds throughout the race, which may not be ideal for record setting but in both the English Channel and the Celtic Sea conditions can change very quickly making it hard to accurately predict what will happen.
is expected to finish on Tuesday 9 August and although she would have raced a gruelling 608 nautical miles, she will stop for just 30 minutes, before heading back out to sea to continue boat testing.
Crew List for 2005 Rolex Fastnet Race
Bouwe BEKKING (NED) SKIPPER
Andrew CAPE (AUS)
Pablo IGLESIAS (ESP)
Stu BANNTYNEe (NZ)
Chris NICHOLSON (AUS)
Richard CLARKE (CAN)
Mike JOUBERT (GBR)
Peter DORIEAN (AUS)
Noel DRENNAN (IRE)
Pepe RIBES (ESP)
Hans LA COUR (DEN) CAMERMAN