Few spaces remain before entry hits maximum limit

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Thirty-seven of the initial 65 registrations to compete in the 2013 Cowes to Monte Carlo race have now paid the first £500 non-refundable entry deposit.

With a maximum line-up now set at 50, this outstanding response gives a good indication the final line-up will near the maximum.

A recent paid entry has been received from Greek owner Vassilis Patteras, winner of the 2008 Round Britain Race. He has entered his Fiat Power Train, diesel-powered Fabio Buzzi-designed Blue FPT (pictured).

On its Round Britain Race performance this craft is certain to be a strong contender. Whether or not Britain’s Dag Pike will once again be in the navigator’s seat has yet to be established.

This initial £500 deposit will go toward the high costs yet to be incurred organising the race not least reconnoitring the various stop-over venues along the route.

Success in achieving a good final number could bring its own problems as some ports and marinas, particularly along the Mediterranean coast in the height of summer, where it may prove difficult accommodating and refuelling a fleet of this size.

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