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Fastnet Yacht Race. News from the RORC Offshore Race Event
Yachts from around the world will converge on Cowes for the start of the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race in August
August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered: 338 competing for the main IRC handicap prize; the remainder racing for their own trophies in the Class40, IMOCA 60, Volvo Ocean 65 and…
The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race - Close to 400 boats in the combined IRC and non-IRC fleets will compete in the world's largest offshore race starting on Sunday 6th August
The world's largest, most prestigious offshore sailing event will take place this summer off the Irish south coast with the 47th running of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Some offshore yacht races struggle for entries, but the Royal Ocean Racing Club's…
The lure of the Fastnet Rock is as big as ever
Entry into the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race surpassed expectation today in record-breaking time. The 340-boat limit was reached in just 4 minutes and 24 seconds setting a new record. Within the first minute of…
Next summer's pinnacle of offshore racing, the Rolex Fastnet Race is likely to be an even greater spectacle, with the event being opened up to yachts larger than the 100ft Leopard and Comanche (seen here at the start of the 2015 record-breaking race)
The Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race starting on Sunday 6th August 2017, has relaxed the limit of a maximum monohull length of 100ft (30.48m). The biennial event is the world's biggest offshore race and the…
Irish Offshore Sailing School's Fastnet Race Odyssey
#rorcrfr – In a Fastnet Race fleet of over 300 Dun Laoghaire's Irish Offshore Sailing School finished 66th overall and 15th in class 4 which had 72 yachts. The offshore school under principal Rónán Ó Siochrú won the Roger Justice trophy for…
Géry Trentesaux & JPK 10.80 Courrier Du Leon Confirmed As Fastnet Winners
#rorcrfr – Géry Trentesaux and his JPK 10.80 Courrier Du Leon have been confirmed by the Royal Ocean Racing Club as winner of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. For this the team will receive the Fastnet Challenge Trophy at tonight's…
Courrier Du Leon Crosses The Fastnet Finish Line At Plymouth
#rorcrfr – After four days of playing a bit part in a slow-moving drama, Plymouth has now firmly grabbed centre stage and the pace of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race has lifted with yachts finishing in ever increasing numbers. While…
Fastnet Race 2015 Is a Web Which Needs Skilled Untangling
#rorcrfr – The last boat on the water in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, the British Dufour 365 Floating Point (David Anderson), finally got round the Rock at lunchtime today, and is now on course for the Bishop Rock with…
Courrier Du Leon Still A Front Runner for Fastnet Victory
#rorcrfr – With the latest deluge of arrivals in the Rolex Fastnet Race, overall victory is currently looking like it might be claimed, in this 90th anniversary running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship offshore race, by a fast…
Zero to Hero For Antix in the Fastnet Race
#rorcrfr – What a difference a day makes. Yesterday morning boats were pulling out of a largely windless Fastnet Race, claiming that their time was running out. Quite what anyone thinks they're doing, going off in the Fastnet Race without…
Fastnet Race Prediction – French Yacht Courrier du Leon For The Overall Win
#rorcrfr – We're in to sticking our neck out territory now as predictions on overall Fastnet race winners are being made but it is hard to ignore the impressive performance so far of the French JPK 10.80 Courrier du Leon (Gery…
Vintage Former Fastnet Race Winners In Duel for a Classic Finish
#fastnet – Well up in the overall fleet, and lying side by side after just rounding the Fastnet Rock this morning are Stormy weather, the winner of the 1935 Fastnet and Dorade the winner of the 1931 Race. Presently they…
Sailor Evacuated From Fastnet Race Yacht With 'Serious Burns'
#rorcrfr - 'Serious burns' from a hot liquid took one sailor out of the Rolex Fastnet Race in the early stages. As Yachting World reports, Plymouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was launched on Monday afternoon (17 August) to the yacht Southern…
American Maxi Comanche Claims Fastnet Race Monohull Line Honours
#rorcrfr – Jim Clark's 100-ft American Maxi Comanche has claimed monohull line honours at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. Arriving in Plymouth at 05:22 BST this morning, Comanche completed the 603-nm offshore race in 2 days, 15 hours, 42 minutes…
Fastnet Yacht Race Video Shows Stunning Irish Sailing Waters But Little Wind!
#rorcrfr – First arrivals in the Rolex Fastnet Race are due into Plymouth in the early hours of Wednesday morning. But for sure the only records likely to be broken in this 90th anniversary edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's…
Fastnet Update: Winners & Losers Are Playthings Of The Weather Gods
#rorcrfr – This Tuesday evening, Dieter Schoen's new Maxi 72 Momo continues to be the best overall performer in the Rolex Fastnet Race's core IRC Division writes W M Nixon. The front-runners in the mono-hulls continue to be the hundred…

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