The Rolex Fastnet Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) had just 7 boats in the first race in 1925. The biennial race has become legendary within the world of ocean racing and is now the worlds largest offshore yacht race. The 45th edition of the biennial race will start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line, Cowes, Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th August 2013. It is the largest offshore race in the world and attracts the most diverse fleet of yachts ranging from just over 30ft to 131ft, with boats and crews from 22 countries and five continents
For the 3,500+ competitors entered in the record-breaking 340+ boat international fleet the sight of the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland is an experience to behold. The sight of the Rock and the other famous landmarks along the 608nmile rout is etched on the mind of all those competing, whether veteran Fastnet racers or corinthian crews experiencing the race as a personal challenge for the first time.
2013 Interesting Facts
- Record fleet of 350 yachts and up to 380 yachts in total and 3,500+ crews
- Europe’s oldest offshore race, one of sailings greatest contests
- Making up the record 380 fleet: 340 boats in IRC plus around 40 Non-IRC rated ‘professional’ classes.
- Largest yacht (Non-IRC): Spindrift 2: VPLP 140 Trimaran: 40.00m (131ft).
- Largest (IRC): Esimit Europa 2: RP100: 30.48m (100ft), skippered by: Jochen Schümann
- Smallest yacht: (Non-IRC): Astelle and Makani: both Corsair 31- 01D: 9.40m (30.10ft)
- Smallest yacht: (IRC): Brightwork: Rogers 30: 9.53m (31.3ft)