Facts & Stats
There is a comprehensive history of the great race on this web site; but here are some more facts about the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Q: Where in the world is approx. 600 miles from Cowes?
A: Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Geneva, La Rochelle and Plymouth via Fastnet Rock.
Are we there yet?
The race course for the Rolex Fastnet Race is 603 nautical miles along the rhumb line.
Distances between notable points on the course
- Cowes, Royal Yacht Squadron Start Line: 0 nm
- Cowes – Needles 16 nm
- Needles – Portland Bill 34 nm
- Portland – Start Point 54 nm
- Start Point – Lizard 60 nm
- Lizard – Lands End 22 nm
- Land's End – Fastnet 170 nm
- Fastnet Rock – Scillies 150 nm
- Scillies – Lizard 51 nm
- Lizard - Finish 46 nm
Finish in Plymout after 608 nautical miles
It all adds up
There are 390 boats entered for the Rolex Fastnet, end to end they would stretch to over 13,000 ft (4000m) equivalent to the height of the Matterhorn mountain, overlooking Zermatt in Switzerland.
The beautiful game
The total sail area of the competing yachts is in the region of 200,000 sq.ft (18580m) enough to cover the pitch at Wembley Stadium, twice over.
Little and Large
Two magnificent 100 foot (30.47m) maxis are the largest yachts in the race: Mike Slade’s Farr 100 Leopard and Jim & Kristy Hinze Clark’s VPLP/Vedier 100 Comanche. Slade’s previous yacht, ICAP Leopard still holds the monohull record set in 2007 of 1 day, 20 hours, and 18 mins.
The largest yacht in the Non-IRC fleet is Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s VPLP 140 Trimaran, Spindrift 2 at 40.00m (131ft).
There are three contenders for the smallest IRC rated yacht in the race:
Santana, Capo 30: owned by Myles Perrin
Exile Mirabaud, Pogo 30: owned by Nicolas de la Fourniere
May Contain Nuts, Whitbread 30: owned by Kevin Rolfe
Makani, Corsair 31-01D: 9.4m (30ft) owned by Mischa Kellner
Entries have been drawn from near and far. The Rolex Fastnet continues to attract competitors from around the globe and 25 countries and five continents will be represented by boats and crews in the race.
More than 25,000 unique visitors have visited the RORC Rolex Fastnet web site during the race in 2013.
Armchair sailors will be able to test their skills on the same course as competitors in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race by playing the Virtual Fastnet Race. Details will be in the Follow the Race area.