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Sailing the Rolex Fastnet Race in the Flyer, 1 spot open!
August 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
This is your chance to sail the iconic Rolex Fastnet Race in the legendary ‘Flyer‘ of Connie van Rietschoten. He won the Whitbread around the world race with this yacht. Now we will sail with 10 people the race around the Fastnet Rock, starting in Cowes.
There are still 2 berths empty, so let me known if you’re interested and I’ll share with you the details and preparation practices!
From the Rolex Fastnet Race website:
Entries for 340 available places in the RORC’s classic 600 miler snapped up in under five minutes.
Once again the Rolex Fastnet Race has confirmed itself to be by far the world’s largest offshore yacht race. After the entry for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event was opened at 1200 UTC, the 340 available places for boats in the IRC fleet were all taken within just four minutes and 37 seconds. This was just 13 seconds outside the record time recorded in 2017.
The first entry to sign up on the RORC’s Sailgate online entry system for the biennial 605 mile race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland, was regular competitor Derek Saunders and his Farr 60 Venomous. He narrowly beat the German Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt club’s Judel Vrolijk 52 Haspa Hamburg and Tom Kneen’s JPK 11.80 Sunrise who were next fastest.
After the first two minutes 180 boats had already been entered successfully. After the first frenetic four minutes and 37 seconds when the maximum entry limit was reached, subsequent requests were filtered through to the reserve list. Ultimately after the deluge subsided 440 boats had entered in total.
Yachts from 25 countries are due to take part this year: The bulk of these are from the UK, from where 201 boats were registered, followed by the dominant French (winners of the last three editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race) with 81 and the Netherlands with 33.