Fastnet sailing race about to begin at Cowes

More than three-hundred-and-forty yachts are preparing for the 2013 Fastnet sailing race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock in South-West Ireland.

The 611 mile race takes place every two years.

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Fastnet sailing race 2013

The 2013 Fastnet sailing race takes place today with more than three hundred yachts taking part in the 611-mile biennial race between Cowes and Plymouth.