Rolex Fastnet Race

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Start date


Distance605 milles (1 120 km)
Race trackCowes (Ile de Wight, UK) - Cherbourg (Cotentin, France)
Race directorChris Stone
IMOCA reference timeJérémie Beyou & Christopher Pratt (CHARAL) : 2j 1h 32mn 28s


Classic, unmissable, popular, packed… there are countless ways to describe the Rolex Fastnet Race. Fast approaching its one hundredth anniversary edition, it has run from Cowes (on the Isle of Wight) to Plymouth since its creation in 1925, which equates to a 605-mile course via the very famous Fastnet Rock.

It was born thanks to Weston Martyr, an Englishman amazed by the regattas in Bermuda. He then took the initiative to send a letter to an English magazine to convince them to put together a committee so that England could create a similar race in its turn. From seven boats racing in the first edition in 1925, the Fastnet Race had more than 400 boats in the last edition in 2019 and plans to gather 500 this year. 

Now part of the Globe Series calendar, the Rolex Fastnet Race provides an opportunity to earn championship points and continue to build miles toward selection for the Vendée Globe.