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 - 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!

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - the last start the massive 100ft monohulls in IRC Z and CK

Mike Slades Icap Leopard, tussling for line honours with the two mini maxis Bella Mente from the USA and Niklas Zennstrom's RAN, the two times Fastnet Trophy winner. Or will it be Ian Walker's Volvo 70 Abu Dhabi, the course record holder from 2011?

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 – Highlights

The Rolex Fastnet Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015, with the 46th edition of this biennial 603-nautical mile offshore classic proving both intriguing and dramatic. A record fleet of 356 yachts from 25 countries competed, a clear demonstration of the event’s enduring appeal. Light conditions characterised the early part of the race, impacting the start from Cowes and the larger yachts chasing record times. Multihull line honours was claimed by the 131-ft Swiss trimaran Spindrift 2 while the 100-ft Maxi Comanche from the United States was the fastest monohull finisher prevailing ahead of fellow American yacht Rambler by a mere 4 minutes. In the latter part of the race the fleet’s smaller, predominantly Corinthian-crewed yachts, benefitted from an upturn in breeze rounding the emblematic Fastnet rock in more classic conditions. Claiming overall victory on IRC handicap was the 35-ft French yacht Courrier du Leon, whose magnificent exploits on the water were rewarded with the Fastnet Challenge Trophy and a Rolex timepiece at the final prizegiving held in Plymouth.

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.

Fastnet Final 2009 NZ vs Jamaica Part 1

World Netball Series, held in Manchester, England, 9-11 October 2009.

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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Hydrangea - Coolmore Stud Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (2017)

Thriller! Hydrangea foils four-time Group 1-winning stablemate Winter to prevail in a cracking Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown under jockey Wayne Lordan for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Hydrangea and Winter have history - having faced each other six times on the track, the two are also work companions at Ballydoyle! Another top-level winner for the mighty stallion, Hydrangea is now a 67th Group 1 winner for Galileo.

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2011: the start

Rolex Fastnet Race: start from Cowes on the Isle of Wight onboard the Imoca 60 Virbac Paprec 3 with Jean Pierre Dick and Guillaume Le Brech

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.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC Zero & VO65 Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 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 such as Rambler. Alongside are the VO 65s, gearing up for this years Volvo Ocean Race.

1979 Fastnet race survivor Nick Ward returns to sea

Nick Ward returns to the Fastnet race thirty years after his disasterous experience.

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Start

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - IRC 2 Start

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.

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.

Fastnet 2017 MOD 70 Concise 10 - Solent. HD.

Watch from 2 mins in to see the close action.
Soon after the start of the 2017 Fastnet.
Speeds of 20+ knots!
Note the acceleration after the tack at 5 mins.