This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more



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.

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 – 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 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

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

Rough sea between Brest and Fastnet: a sailing adventure.

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 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 – 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.

Rolex Fastnet Race - the full story

Catch the FULL STORY - life offshore for #Class40 #Imerys racing in the Rolex Fastnet Race as the team push through the pains of demanding conditions to reap the sensational reward of a fast downwind sprint home…

After three days, four hours and seven minutes of racing, Phil Sharp and his crew members, Robin Marais, Pablo Santurde and Pietro Luciani, crossed the finish line of the fourth Championship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race in second place aboard Class 40 ‘Imerys’

Live Replay - Fastnet Rock | Volvo Ocean Race

Enjoy the best view in the house as the boats navigate the southern tip of Ireland 🇮🇪 and the famous Fastnet Rock #Leg10

Don’t forget to subscribe for more Volvo Ocean Race:

Check out our full video catalogue:
Like Volvo Ocean Race on Facebook:
Follow on Twitter:
Follow on Instagram:
Read More:

Laurens - Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (2018)

A filly who wears her heart on her sleeve - the admirable Laurens shows no little class and typically guts it out to land the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend under jockey Danny Tudhope for trainer Karl Burke and owners John and Jess Dance.

A dramatic contest in which Alpha Centuari took at least one false step at the climax of the race, this proved to be the final racecourse appearance fo the brilliant four-time Group 1 winner, arguably the star of the 2018 Flat Turf season and who had beaten the colts last time out in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.

While an unfortunate conclusion to the fantastic career of Jessica Harrington's star filly, Laurens was registering no less than her thjirsd to-level victory this season. Runner-up in the 1000 Guineas, Laurens has now won the Prix Saint-Alary, Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and now the Matron Stakes. Unlike Alpha Centauri, Karl Burke's filly was also a Group 1 winner as a juvenile.

Enjoy the best of At The Races on our free, award-winning app:

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.

‘A Portrait of the Rolex Fastnet Race’ by Eddie Warden Owen

Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, describes the Rolex Fastnet Race as one of the world’s most iconic offshore races. This impressive footage of one of sailing’s ultimate tests delivers a brief but telling glimpse of the gripping sailing that unfolds during the 605-nautical-mile ocean race – starting in front of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the Isle of Wight and heading to the Fastnet Rock off southwestern Ireland before sailing back across the Celtic Sea to Plymouth. Every two years, some 300 yachts from 20 countries gather for this ‘Everest of yachting’, a veritable benchmark for almost a century and a cornerstone of Rolex’s association with offshore sailing.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 - Start

The start of the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

For more images from the start of the race, head to our Facebook album via:


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!

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.
Discover more about the Rolex Fastnet Race on

Rolex Fastnet Race Tragedy 1979 (RUS)

Идея перевода -Александр Водоватов. Видео на русском языке
Участие в международных регатах серии ROLEX . Отправляйте вашу заявку на почту

1979 Fastnet race survivor Nick Ward returns to sea

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

Read more at:

Fastnet: the first 12 hours | Volvo Ocean Race

Leg Zero stage 2 is ON! At the start of the 2017-18 fleet's first racing night offshore, here's a look back at the day...



Check Also