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2017 Rolex Fastnet Race - Start times

ClassClass FlagWarning SignalPreparatory Signal1 Minute SignalStart
Multihull Pennant 8 10:50 10:56 10:59 11:00
IMOCA 60, Class 40 Pennant 7 11:00 11:06 11:09 11:10
IRC 4 Pennant 4 11:10 11:16 11:19 11:20
IRC 3 Pennant 3 11:30 11:36 11:39 11:40
IRC 2 Pennant 2 11:50 11:56 11:59 12:00
IRC 1 Pennant 1 12:10 12:16 12:19 12:20
IRC Z & VO65 Pennant 0 12:30 12:36 12:39 12:40

2017 Rolex Fastnet Race - Entrylists

A list of entries into the race is now available in alphabetical order. You can click on the table headings to reorder by e.g. boat type or sail number.

A list of entries by class will be made available closer to the Closing Date.

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Proposed Start Times in 2015

The proposed start times for the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday 16th August 2015 are as follows:

ClassStart time
Multihull 1200
IMOCA 60, Class40 & Figaro II 1210
IRC 4 1220
IRC 3 1240
IRC 2 1300
IRC 1 1320
IRC Z, IRC Canting Keel & Volvo 65 1340

Rolex Fastnet Race - A guide for entrants

Purpose and Scope of this guide

Welcome to the new Rolex Fastnet Race guide. This guide is intended to de-mystify the entry process and to help make your entry into the Rolex Fastnet Race as easy as possible. It is not to be treated as a replacement for the Rolex Fastnet Race Notice of Race which will be available on the RORC website.

The guide is based around you, the competitor, and we will be updating it frequently to reflect your feedback so as to improve the experience for everyone. If you have further questions or suggestions then please email the Race Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please put the Sail Number and Boat Name in the subject field).

To help you access the information you need please choose below which description suits you best.

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 - Entry Status

Just 24 minutes after the online entry system opened at midday on 12th January, over 300 boats had registered for the Rolex Fastnet Race.

The frenetic trend continued and by the end of the afternoon, 375 boats had signed up.
We are delighted that the race is so popular, the places have once again being taken up faster than ever before.
If you haven't entered the race yet, then all is not necessarily lost. You can join the Waiting List at Past experience shows that approximately 10 to 15% of the boats entered do not go on to compete in the race, so it is very likely that places will become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the RORC manage entrants in the race?

Those who entered in time receive an automatic email confirming that they have entered the race. However, this is only the start of the entry procedure and all of the entry requirements, Special Regulations, Experience qualification, training qualification and other elements must be satisfied before a yacht becomes eligible to start the race. Please see the Guide for Entrants for details.

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Charts for the Rolex Fastnet Race

The following list of charts is only a selection of charts covering the course area and is designed as a guide for competitors. The responsibility for the choice of charts and other publications carried is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the person in charge. Persons in charge should consider which detailed charts might be required for ports of refuge.

Click on the Read more link to see the list.

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Course Overview for the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

Distances and Course


Starting from The Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, yachts will race on a course of approx 603 miles via the Fastnet Rock to the finish line at the western end of the breakwater in Plymouth Harbour.

Distances between notable points on the course

  • 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

Total = 603 nautical miles

Facts & Stats

2007 Fastnet Challenge Cup winner Chieftain. Photo Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiThere 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.


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Race Office at the Start

  • 82 High Street, Cowes
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Race Office at the Finish

  • Shaw Way, Mount Batten, Plymouth
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