Monday, August 14, 2017

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 6 August – record fleet enjoys perfect start

In front of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s magnificent clubhouse in Cowes, a record-breaking fleet of 368 yachts embark on the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Fasnet Rock with the GeoGarage platform (UKHO chart)
Lying ahead is the famous 605-nm race to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland.
The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet is truly diverse, a quality clearly evident to all of those watching on the shore in Cowes or the thousands following the live start of the race on the internet.

Rolex Fasnet race

 Fastnet Rock rounding with leader and future winner Rambler 88

Day 1 – The Needles at the western end of the Solent
is one of a number of landmarks passed by the fleet –
Rolex Fastnet Race © Quinag

  Fasnet rock sunset rounding,
with the 115ft Nikita, the largest mono-hull in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017
The first of seven start sequences was reserved for the fastest multihulls, the final saw the leading monohulls comprising the contrasting designs of Nikata, CQS and Rambler R88 begin their quest for line honours.

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