The Fastnet rock, 2013

The 103ft VPLP Banque Populaire 7 (2006) chases the 131ft VPLP Spindrift 2 (2008) out of the Solent in the 2013 Fastnet race (photograph courtesy © Daniel Forster)

Spindrift 2 turns the Fastnet rock (photograph courtesy © Daniel Forster)

Spindrift 2 turns the Fastnet rock (photograph courtesy © Kurt Arrigo)

Spindrift 2 turns the Fastnet rock (photograph courtesy © Kurt Arrigo)

The 103ft VPLP Banque Populaire 7 (2006) chases the 131ft VPLP Spindrift 2 (2008) at the Fastnet rock (photograph courtesy © Kurt Arrigo)

The 70ft VPLP Oman Air turns the Fastnet rock (photograph courtesy © Kurt Arrigo)

An expected duel out of the Solent between the two Judel/Vrolijk 72 footers Ran 2 (Green Marine, 2009) and Bella Mente (New England Boatworks, 2012)
photograph courtesy © Kurt Arrigo

Ran 2 turning the Fastnet rock, in a hot chase of Bella Mente and of a third consecutive overall IRC win. (photograph courtesy © Daniel Forster)

2013 Vendée Globe winner François Gabart turning the Fastnet rock in the lead of the IMOCA Open 60ft oceanracers. (photograph courtesy © Daniel Forster)

Hopefully we will have a chance of getting photographs of the century-old Jolie Brise turning the Fastnet rock during the daytime, if not here are couple shots by photographer Brian Carlin of the iconic pilot cutter and lighthouse during the July 2013 Glandore Classic Regatta:
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