The Fastnet race started on the 11th August and the LSC is represented by a number of members. Charles Whittam has again entered Juno inclass 4 with Mark Blunden and Simon Hughes in the crew. See http://littleshipclub.co.uk/content/round-rock-again-part-1. Sally Pearce, an ex member is also crewing onJuno. Don Shackly is crewing on Puma Logic in Class 2.
I have decided that I am too old for 4 or 5 days of sleeping at a 30 degree angle but I went to Cowes to see the start yesterday. Unfortunately the majority of the fleet stated at the mainland end of the line so it was difficult to see what was happening. However the big VPLP 131 Trimaran, Spindrift 2, sailing to a whopping TCF of 2.232 crossed the start close to the Island shore.
Currently the weather conditions seem not to suit the smaller boats with most of the Class 4 near the back of the fleet on corrected time. After 24 hours of sailing Juno had just passed Plymouth in position 49 degrees 53.3 minutes north, 4 degrees 22.8 minutes west having covered 132 of the 608 miles of the race.She is lieing in 36th in Class 4 and 210th overall. However the larger boats have rounded Lands End an are beating up to the Fastnet against a NW wind. The forcast is for the wind to back to the SW so hopefully Juno will have a broad reach up to the rock and make up some ground. Don and Puma Logic are currently 26th in Class 2 and 39th overall. If you want to follow the race go to http://fastnet.rorc.org/2013-fleet-tracking.html to see all the action.