The start of the Rolex Fastnet Race will take place from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes on Sunday, with a first warning signal for the multihull classes at 1100, followed at 15 minute intervals by the IMOCAs/Class40s, and then the five IRC classes starting with IRC Four and finishing with IRC Zero at 1230. The largest offshore race in the world, the Rolex Fastnet … [Read more...] about Rolex Fastnet Race – big or a small boat race?
Rolex Fastnet Race. MACIF pipped at the post by Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Ultim competition
The 32m long Ultim trimarans laid on a spectacular finish in this 48th Rolex Fastnet Race resulting in MACIF, the leader since rounding the Fastnet Rock earlier this morning, being beaten to the finish line in the last breath of the race by her arch-rival Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. As Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's skipper Franck Cammas explained: "Just after they … [Read more...] about Rolex Fastnet Race. MACIF pipped at the post by Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Ultim competition
Rolex Fastnet Race, Plymouth sailors take on the world’s biggest offshore race
Chris Briggs, based in Plymouth, will be sailing his Nigel Irens 12m trimaran, The Edge in the Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the world's most challenging and tactical offshore races, starting at the beginning of August from Cowes, Isle of Wight. Known as the largest offshore race in the world - The Rolex Fastnet Race which will see 400 boats in the 605 mile race. The … [Read more...] about Rolex Fastnet Race, Plymouth sailors take on the world’s biggest offshore race
Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – Change of Date to Saturday 3rd August
The 2019 edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race will start on Saturday 3rd August 2019, which is two weeks earlier than the original published date. Unusually, the race will now run the week before Lendy Cowes Week, whose dates remain unchanged, starting on Saturday 10th August. This break with tradition, in consultation with Lendy Cowes Week, has been made for a number of … [Read more...] about Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – Change of Date to Saturday 3rd August
Rough weather predicted for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Twenty eight teams with crew from 18 different countries have started the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The cannon fire from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line signalled the start of one of the world's toughest yacht races. For the start at midday on Sunday 12th August, a cold front from the Atlantic provided pewter skies … [Read more...] about Rough weather predicted for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Entry opens for IRC European Championship and Commodores’ Cup and all RORC races
At midday on Monday 8th January 2018 entry will open for all Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) races, including the Season's Points Championship comprised of 14 races, as well as the highlight of the UK Solent season - the IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup. Competitors entering the IRC Europeans (8-16th June) are invited to form a team of three boats with members of their own … [Read more...] about Entry opens for IRC European Championship and Commodores’ Cup and all RORC races
Concise home as Dongfeng Race Team leads VO65s around the Rock
Unchallenged, Concise 10 blazed into Plymouth this morning, first boat home in the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. Tony Lawson's MOD70 trimaran crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 05:55:00 BST with a race time of 42 hours and 55 minutes. This time didn't come close to the overall multihull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race but it was still respectable considering they … [Read more...] about Concise home as Dongfeng Race Team leads VO65s around the Rock
Classic upwind start for record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race
The Solent laid on 'classic' conditions for the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. In brilliant sunshine and with brisk westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots, the giant fleet tacked up the western Solent before compressing through the usual bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, … [Read more...] about Classic upwind start for record breaking Rolex Fastnet Race
Can France make it a Rolex Fastnet Race hat trick?
In the last two editions of the RORC's biennial flagship event from Cowes to Plymouth via southwest Ireland's most famous rock, French boats have not just won, they have dominated. For example in the last race in 2015, Géry Trentesaux's JPK 10.80 Courrier Du Leon won by more than two and a half hours, and, despite racing in IRC Three, beat all of the IRC Two boats … [Read more...] about Can France make it a Rolex Fastnet Race hat trick?
Rolex Fastnet Race . Fight to be first home
While the Judel-Vrolijk 115 Nikata will be the largest yacht competing among the 350 or so yachts starting the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday 6 August, the battle for line honours glory looks set to be between two titans of the grand prix racing world. Finnish Whitbread Round the World Race legend Ludde Ingvall returns having previously put in one of the most … [Read more...] about Rolex Fastnet Race . Fight to be first home