2019 Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Saturday, 3 August
the Royal Ocean Racing Club is the organizing sponsor for the Fastnet race. The course is westwards from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at Cowes to the Fastnet Rock off southern Ireland and back to the finish at Plymouth. The race is generally been held every two years since 1925 on a 605-mile course.
The open-water passage to the Fastnet Rock is often the most testing. The weather systems that typically roll westward across the Atlantic in the northern hemisphere summer bring strong winds and drive huge ocean swells into this exposed stretch of the racecourse. It can be a long, hard slog, requiring the sporting characteristics of commitment, team spirit and determination greatly admired by Rolex.
These races are expensive to organize and run. This year there are over 400 entries for the 2019 Fastnet Race. Sponsors like Rolex keep these races alive for the competitors and fans alike.
From a historical perspective, Fastnet has a long tradition. The English waters are tough to sail and navigate. The currents and hazards abound in this race. It’s most tragic year was 1979. We hope there are challenging conditions but nothing as harsh as that fateful year.
You can learn more at the Rolex Fastnet Race official site: