The Rolex Fastnet Race is the most popular 600 mile offshore race in the world and alongside the Sydney Hobert and the Middle Sea Race is one of the most prestigious and challenging races available for offshore sailors.
Since the first Fastnet race in 1925, when just 7 yachts competed, it has provided sailors with the ultimate challenge of crossing the Irish Sea to the Fastnet Rock and back. From its small roots the 608nm biennial event now attracts over 250 of the world’s best racing yachts and crews. Entry for the Rolex Fastnet Race opens on 9th January 2017 and is expected to be a sell out.
The race starts on Sunday 6th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes. The fleet heads westwards out of the protection of the Isle of Wight, past the Needles and into the English Channel. At Lands End the fleet heads north west into the Irish Sea towards the south coast of Ireland and around the infamous Fastnet Rock. After rounding the rock it is a sprint back across the Irish Sea leaving the Scilly Isles to port before finally crossing the finish line in Plymouth.
To qualify you need to race over 300nm in the 12 months prior to the start with your crew. Performance Yacht Charter welcomes crew with mixed experiences levels as the training weekends and the RORC cross-Channel races are great opportunities to get familiar with the yachts and racing manoeuvres.
For more information about competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions and give you more information.