Rolex Fastnet Race: Digby Fox – Cameraman on board Maxi Banque Populaire

Last Update: October 12th, 2018

Taking part in his ninth Rolex Fastnet Race, the cameraman on board Maxi Banque Populaire was Digby Fox, Digby was bursting with adrenalin as he stepped ashore, the Somerset based media man has had a love affair with the race around the famous lighthouse for many years.
In 2003, Digby Fox was on board Charles Dunstone’s 76′ Maxi Nokia Enigma, winning the Rolex Fastnet Race overall. This year, Digby was on board the 140′ Maxi Trimaran, Banque Populaire, which completed the 608-mile course in an astonishing elapsed time of 32 hrs 48 mins 46sec.

However, smashing the course record and the race record, in a monster-multihull, was a world apart from Digby’s participation in 2009. Digby Fox was aboard Morwenna, the larch hull and deck sitting on English oak frames and the classic 45′ Bristol Pilot Cutter is a timeless reproduction of an age gone by.


Picture caption: Digby Fox and Maxi Banque Populaire skipper Loick Peyron during the Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 Photo: Brian Thompson

“Last time, I think Morwenna was the slowest boat but it was a marvelous experience just the same, I was aboard a beautiful wooden yacht serenely slipping through the waves but racing aboard Banque Populaire has been the other extreme. The two experiences could not differ any more. A graceful wooden gaff-rigged yacht and a hi-tech mile-munching record-breaking machine are literally worlds apart. Riding on board Maxi Banque Populaire has been a totally phenomenal experience and I have been as excited as a child at Christmas with a new toy but at night it was really scary. The dark heightens your sense of hearing and strange noises are emitted from the hull as it powers through the waves. The cuddy on the aft crossbeam gives protection from the wind but stick your head above it and it is like sticking your head out of a car window on the motorway!

As we passed the Lizard on the home run, we passed a whole posse of boats, slogging upwind towards the Fastnet Rock and skipper Loick gave them all a wave. He is such a popular man who absolutely loves this sport and he treats his crew like a family. What is more, they really looked after me, which was very much appreciated. For me it has been one hell of a ride, I have enjoyed it immensely and yet another memorable Fastnet experience.”

As Maxi Banque Populaire screamed past the Plymouth breakwater, flying a hull to finish after just one night at sea. Digby Fox’s ride for 2009, Morwenna, still had 471 miles and days to go to finish the Rolex Fastnet Race.

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