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The Fastnet Yacht Race Tragedy of 1979

The story of the Force 10 gale which decimated the 1979 Fastnet race, the last of the Admiral's Cup events in that year. A massive search and rescue operation was begun as half of the 300 yachts competing went missing in a 20,000 area square of the Irish Sea. The death toll was 15, and the ramifications are still felt today with the increased safety requirements introduced in the aftermath

Director: Nat Sharman
Series-producer: Greg Lanning
Scriptwriter, Writer: Christabelle Dilks

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Highlights

On 6 August, a record fleet of 362 yachts gathered off Cowes for the world’s largest ocean race. French yachtsman Didier Gaudoux was among the 2,700 sailors who took part in the 603-nautical-mile offshore adventure over the following days. He had been dreaming of winning the Rolex Fastnet Race since the late 1970s, when he first discovered his passion for offshore racing. It inspired him to ask design studio Joubert & Nivelt to build a yacht to “win the Rolex Fastnet Race”. That ambition became reality when Gaudoux’s Lann Ael 2, crewed with family and friends, was confirmed as the overall winner of the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. His reward came in the form of the Fastnet Challenge Cup and a Rolex timepiece awarded during the final prize-giving.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Film – The Spirit of Yachting

This episode of the Rolex Spirit of Yachting film series features the action and highlights of the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. On 6 August, a record fleet of 362 yachts gathered off Cowes, the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom for the world’s largest offshore race. Of the 2,700 sailors taking part in the 603-nautical-mile offshore adventure, overall victory went to French yachtsman Didier Gaudoux. It was a dream made reality for the seasoned yachtsman who had set his sights on a Rolex Fastnet trophy and the accompanying Rolex timepiece as far back as the late 1970s. The 47th edition affirmed its status as one of the most demanding offshore races, a veritable benchmark on the international yachting calendar for almost a century.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 – Film – The Spirit of Yachting

The 46th edition of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race marked the bicentenary anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, as well as 90 years since the Royal Ocean Racing Club was founded, following the Fastnet’s first edition, in 1925. A record 356 yachts raced from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock, and back to Plymouth. Victory went to Géry Trentesaux’s 35-foot Courrier du Leon. Rolex partners both yacht clubs, and the race, which it has supported since 2001. Discover more on :

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 6 August – Record fleet enjoys perfect start

In front of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s magnificent clubhouse in Cowes, a record-breaking fleet of 362 yachts embark on the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Lying ahead is the famous 605-nm race to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet is truly diverse, a quality clearly evident to all of those watching on the shore in Cowes or the thousands following the live start of the race on the internet. The first of seven start sequences was reserved for the fastest multihulls, the final saw the leading monohulls comprising the contrasting designs of Nikata, CQS and Rambler begin their quest for line honours.

Sailing through a Storm: From Brest to Fastnet Rock (extended version)

Rough sea between Brest and Fastnet: a sailing adventure.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 11 August – Fulfilment of a dream

A memorable 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race concludes with Didier Gaudoux’s Lann Ael 2 confirmed as the overall race winner on IRC handicap. Victory is the crowning achievement of Gaudoux’s sailing career and recognition for an epic Rolex Fastnet performance, uniting teamwork, shrewd tactical decision-making and flawless preparation for the race. Lann Ael 2 becomes the third French yacht in as many editions of the race to claim outright victory. The 39-ft yacht prevailed from a record fleet of 362 yachts from 29 countries to claim the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup and Rolex timepiece awarded to the overall race winner.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Trailer – The Spirit of Yachting

The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film featuring the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 is coming soon to the Rolex World of Yachting Channel on YouTube. The trailer provides a glimpse of the 25-minute documentary in which the excitement, action and adventure of the world’s largest offshore race unfold. This biennial adventure attracts over 350 yachts from 20 countries, bringing together professionals and Corinthians, some 2,700 sailors whose prowess produce gripping sailing. Reward comes in the form of the Fastnet Challenge Cup and a Rolex timepiece, presented during the final prize-giving at the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Preview

The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925. The 605-nautical mile race is a test of strategy and skill with challenging tidal currents and changeable weather. 2017 marks the 47th edition of this international classic organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The race starts on Sunday 6 August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, off Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The fleet races westward out of the Solent, down the English Channel and into the open water of the Celtic Sea heading towards the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland. Once there the yachts head back on a reciprocal course to the finish off Plymouth.

Rolex Fastnet 2017 - The Best Of

Le immagini più belle della super regata offshore dell'estate: Rolex Fastnet Race con oltre 360 (trecentosessanta!) barche al via. Dalla partenza ai primi arrivi, il fascino indiscreto di un mare sul quale tutti vogliono navigare. Perché? Guardare per rispondere

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Multihull Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Multihull Start

The Multihull class includes some of the fastest yachts in the race, some capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots!

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IMOCA 60 & Class 40 Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IMOCA 60 & Class 40 Start

The IMOCA 60 class includes some of the latest boats which will go on to compete in the single-handed round the world yacht race, the Vendée Globe and features many renowned yachtsmen and women.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 4 Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 4 Start

The class with the lowest rated boats in the fleet includes some of the oldest.

Live Replay - Fastnet Rock | Volvo Ocean Race

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 8 August – Concise confirmed as first yacht home

Plymouth has welcomed its first 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race arrival. Concise 10, a MOD70 owned by Tony Lawson and skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, claimed multihull line honours in the early hours of Tuesday morning completing the 47th edition of the race in 42 hours, 55 minutes. The time is a little over ten hours outside the current record. Monohull line honours is being contest by three Maxis – the 115-ft Nikata, Ludde Ingvall’s 100-ft CQS and George David’s Rambler 88. The latter currently holds a significant advantage and is making good progress back across the Celtic Sea. The majority of the 362-strong fleet are currently sailing in the opposite direction and on the approach to the race’s emblematic landmark, the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 –10 August – Race against the clock

With monohull and multihull line honours decided at the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, attention is fully focused on who will claim the Fastnet Challenge Trophy and Rolex timepiece awarded to the overall winner of the event on IRC handicap. Of the record-breaking 362 yachts which set sail from Cowes, a little over a third have crossed the finish line in Plymouth. Those still at sea face a race against the clock to overturn the corrected time set by the current leader on handicap, Didier Gaudoux’s JNA 39 Lann Ael 2. Those returning to the docks at Plymouth can reflect on an enjoyable 2017 Rolex Fastnet with good breeze, close competition and constant tactical challenges.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Start

The Spirit of Yachting - Rolex Fastnet Race 2013

The 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race gathered a fleet of 335 boats in 12 classes -- the largest, most diverse and competitive line-up in the event's 88-year history. Watch the 2013 highlights of this great ocean classic, known as one of the oldest and most prestigious events on the sailing calendar.
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - IRC CK, Zero & VO65 Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - IRC CK, Zero & VO65 Start

Featuring top rated and canting keel boats, this start has a lot of star attractions including the biggest monohulls in the race: Mike Slade’s Farr 100, Leopard and Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s Comanche. Alongside are RORC Caribbean 600 Race winners, Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50, Privateer and Team SCA, the all-female VO 65, fresh from the Volvo Ocean Race.

2017 Fastnet Race

The Fastnet Race kicks off this Sunday! We’re hoping for lots of updates from Alex on the boat during the race so stay tuned to our social channels.
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