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Rolex Fastnet Race – an epic challenge

The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is one of yachting’s ultimate challenges. On this epic 608-nm course, the endurance and sailing skills of both the professional and Corinthian crews are severely tested as they race across the English Channel and Celtic Sea, before turning at the Fastnet Rock and heading back to the finish line in Plymouth. The 2019 edition gathered a record international fleet of 388 yachts, with American monohull Wizard taking overall honours. Rolex has supported the race since 2001 as part of its enduring partnership with yachting dating back more than six decades.

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Malta Yacht Club, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport. Discover more
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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

BBC
Director: Nat Sharman
Series-producer: Greg Lanning
Scriptwriter, Writer: Christabelle Dilks
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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 2019 – 4 August – Multihull Race Record Broken

Co-skippered by round the world race winners, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secured Multihull Line Honours in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday afternoon. Finishing the 605nm course in 1 day 4 hours 2 minutes, the 30.5-metre (100-foot) French Ultime trimaran eclipsed the previous race record by some four hours. Out on the course, monohull Line Honours continues to be contested by three Maxis – the the 30.5-metre (100-foot) Scallwag, the Volvo 70 Wizard and the 27 m (88 ft) Rambler. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and partnered by Rolex since 2001, the race attracts a broad range of entries passionate about taking on the legendary test. Away from the leaders, the majority of the 388 yacht fleet are still sailing towards the race’s emblematic landmark, the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland.

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Royal Ocean Racing Club, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
#Rolex #Perpetual #RolexFastnetrace
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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 2019 – 3 August – A spectacular start for an impressive fleet

The 48th edition of legendary Rolex Fastnet Race got underway today. First held in 1925, the race has achieved mythic status and each edition enriches the honour and legacy. A record fleet of 388 yachts crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, separated into seven starts. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and partnered by Rolex since 2001, the race is a core element in the Swiss watchmaker's six-decade-long association with the sport. Featuring an array of the very best professional and Corinthian crews from around the world, 100 foot foiling multihulls are vying with similar-sized monohulls at the front. The smaller classes are filled with the traditional mix of the experienced, the intrepid and the adventurous. The winners will become legends.

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Royal Ocean Racing Club, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
#Rolex #Perpetual #RolexFastnetrace
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World on Water "Special" Sailing News August 09 19 RORC Rolex Fastnet Race Special. Start and Finish

The WoW for August 09.19 is a once every 2 year special on the start and finish of the Bi-Annual RORC Rolex Fastnet Race.
Interviews, Race Start, Rock-Rounding and the Finish in Plymouth.
Interviews Brian Thompson, David Witt, Jimmy Spithill, Franck Cammas more
It's all here.
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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.

FASTNET 1979, el drama

FASTNET 1979, el drama

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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.
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – Preview

2019 marks the 48th edition of biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1925 and partnered by Rolex since 2001, the 605nm race is a classic examination of strategy and skill. Attracting a mix of passionate Corinthians and professionals, this is offshore racing at its very best, with complex weather patterns and testing tidal currents to be negotiated. For Rolex, this type of sailing challenge lies at the heart of its enduring six-decade-long support for the sport. On Saturday, 3 August an intrepid fleet of 400 yachts will set sail from Cowes, on the south coast of the United Kingdom, bound for the Fastnet Rock off southern Ireland and the return. leg to the finish in Plymouth.

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Royal Ocean Racing Club, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
#Rolex #Perpetual #RolexFastnetrace

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 7 August – Wizard Leaves Fleet Spellbound

The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by David and Peter Askew’s 21.5 meter (70-foot) Maxi yacht Wizard. Finishing third on the water behind her larger rivals Rambler and SHK Scallywag, she is the first American yacht to win the race overall since Great News in 1989. Prevailing from an international fleet of 388 yachts is a remarkable achievement. The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world’s legendary and most challenging contests. Wizard’s crew can be rightly proud of their accomplishment and for fully embracing the characteristics required to succeed in discipline of offshore racing: preparedness, determination, endurance and skill. It was not an easy win. Conditions at the Fastnet Rock on the second day were some of the worst in recent years with strong wind and steep waves testing the commitment of the crews. Wizard’s position at the top of the podium was challenged hard, not least by French yacht Bretagne Telecom, which finished second overall, a mere 45 minutes behind and British yacht Tala, a further 45 minutes back. The victory adds further lustre to the enduring and continuing history of the race.

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Royal Ocean Racing Club, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
#Rolex #Perpetual #RolexFastnetrace
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 8 August – Burnishing the Legend

The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of sailing’s ultimate challenges: a racecourse that has achieved mythic status, a turning mark that is a true icon in sport and a near 100-years of history and tradition. The 48th edition attracted a record fleet of 388 yachts, of which 333 competed for the overall win on handicap. Conditions this year properly tested competitors from around the world. Professional and Corinthian crews alike experienced a broad range of weather and sea states; all had to overcome the notorious tidal and tactical challenges presented by the famous course. Records were broken, superlative performance converted into triumph and across the fleet endeavour was rewarded. An enduring legend has been polished once again.

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Royal Ocean Racing Club, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
#Rolex #Perpetual #RolexFastnetrace

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

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 2019 - DAY 1 - British Keelboat Academy Diaries - Follow the race with our Sailors



Follow our British Keelboat Academy Sailors as they take on the Rolex Fastnet - video diaries from the ocean.

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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.

Fastnet Race on Rambler 88 | Yachting World

American George David's Rambler 88 took monohull line honours in the Royal Ocean Racing Club Rolex Fastnet Race this morning, finishing in 1d 19h, just over an hour outside the course record.

It's the third consecutive time that Rambler 88 has taken line honours, but she's yet to win the race overall, and in this clip George David reflects on his disappointment, but he also described rounding the Fastnet Rock in almost identical conditions, at a similar time of day, to 2011 when his Rambler 100's keel fell off and the yacht capsized.

An emotional moment for him, remembering his rescue, that of his wife and 19 other crew, and reconnecting this weekend once again with the rescue services that came to their aid.
Watch this - a reminder that this hard-fought race makes deep memories and bonds, even among crews that do big events worldwide all the time.

Much more coverage to come this week..in association with #Musto #TheInsideEdge

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Sam Davies on doing the Rolex Fastnet Race on her IMOCA 60 | Yachting World

Top round the world racer Sam Davies on doing the Royal Ocean Racing Club Rolex Fastnet Race on her IMOCA 60, the giant albatross wing foils she's fitted, the 4-knot speed jump they've produced, how top speeds are scary and how things have changed since she did her first Fastnet aged 19 (no wine with dinner any more!!) ► Become a FREE SUBSCRIBER to Yachting World's YouTube page now -

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