The Rolex Fastnet Race is the most prestigious and challenging race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. It is one of the top 3 offshore races in the world alongside the Sydney Hobert and the Middle Sea Race.
Since the first Fastnet race in 1925, when just 7 yachts competed it has provided sailors with the ultimate challenge of crossing the Irish Sea to the Fastnet Rock and back. From its small routes the 608nm biennial event now attracts 250 of the world’s best racing yachts and crews.
The race starts on Sunday 11th August Cowes from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. The fleet heads westwards out of the protection of the Isle of Wight past the needles and in to the English Channel. At Lands End the fleet heads north west into the Irish Sea to the southern coast of Ireland and around the infamous Fastnet Rock. After rounding the rock it is a sprint back across the Irish Sea leaving the Scilly Isles to port then the finally to the finish line in Plymouth.
The Fastnet Race is the ultimate sailing challenge after 4-5 days at sea negotiating the tidal gates, battling the wind and changeable conditions you will have completed the prestigious Fastnet Race.
Our objective is to give a safe and enjoyable experience to all crew members. The professional crew will train the crew to ensure that the racing is safe, fun and enable each crew member to make a valuable contribution. Although prior race or sailing experience is preferred, it is not essential. The qualifying races provide a great opportunity for each crew member to get familiar with the yacht and the racing manoeuvres.
The Fastnet campaign on Northern Child includes 1 training weekend, 2 RORC qualify races, the Fastnet race itself, crew kit, all race costs and provisioning costs. We can also arrange the ISAF sea survival course for those who require it.
Training Weekend – 13th & 14th June
Morgan Cup Race – 20th & 21st June
Channel Race – 1st & 2nd August
Rolex Fastnet Race – 16th -201st August