Rolex Fastnet Race
About the Rolex Fastnet Race
The Rolex Fastnet Race is a famous biennial offshore yacht race of 608 miles organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Generally considered as one of the classic offshore races, 'Fastnet' is a difficult contest testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential. From its inception, the Fastnet Race has proven highly influential in the growth of offshore racing, and remains closely linked to advances in yacht design, sailing technique and safety equipment. In 1979, a fierce storm hit the Fastnet race fleet 15 sailors died, five boats sank, and at least 75 boats flipped upside down. This year a record entry of around 350 boats and 3000 sailors will compete in the race.
The race starts in Cowes on Sunday 6 August and finish in Plymouth with the fastest boats arriving on Tuesday 8 August and slower boats thereafter. Spectators can view the arrival of the boats from the Fastnet race village in Plymouth Yacht Haven which has live music throughout the day.