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Rolex Fastnet Race 2017

France galvanised its reputation as the world’s greatest offshore racing nation by dominating the results across the majority of the classes in the Rolex Fastnet Race for a third consecutive occasion. Of the 11 main prizes, French boats failed to win just three, and of these one (Dongfeng Race Team) was raced by a largely French crew.

The Royal Ocean Racing’s biennial flagship event this year attracted another record-sized fleet of 362 boats, six more than 2015. It continues to be the world’s largest offshore yacht race, and also the most popular – when registration opened, the IRC fleet’s maximum limit of 340 boats was reached in just 4 minutes and 24 seconds!

As ever the course took the giant fleet west down the English Channel, either side of the prohibited ‘traffic separation scheme’ zone between Land’s End and the Scilly Isles, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, four miles off southwest Ireland, back south leaving Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles to port and then, on past the Lizard, to the finish off Plymouth – in total 605 nautical miles.

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2017 Fleet Tracking

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Follow the real race on the Tracker Competing Boats in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race are equipped with tracking beacons from YB Tracking.

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We have several plain-text options available for competitors, such as MaxSea, Expedition, Adrena, text-only and other low-bandwidth formats.

Please see the Options Page (http://yb.tl/Links/fastnet2017) and bookmark the downloads you require:

Low-Bandwidth Options Page http://yb.tl/Links/fastnet2017

2019 Fleet Tracking

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The YB Tracking Race Viewer will be available here before the start of the race, along with low-bandwidth position/leaderboard links for competitors

Trophies at the Prizegiving of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race Trophies at the Prizegiving of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race

Rolex Fastnet Race 2009

The 300-boat entry limit was reached quickly, attracting boats from a wide spread of nations. The bulk came from the UK and France, but there were potent entries from the USA, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and others coming from afar afield as Chile and Australia.

Light winds at the start and end, combined with powerful spring tides, made for a tactically challenging race, and one of the longest in recent years. Niklas Zennström's Ran 2 won the Fastnet Trophy for the best corrected time under IRC, completing the course in 63 hours, 1 minute and 33 seconds.

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L-R: The RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen congratulates IRC Overall winners of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race, Alexis and Pascal Loison. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo L-R: The RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen congratulates IRC Overall winners of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race, Alexis and Pascal Loison. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Rolex Fastnet Race 2013

336 yachts started the race, eclipsing the record set in 2011. For the first time in its 88 year history, the Rolex Fastnet Race was won by a Two Handed crew. The father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison from Cherbourg, France on the JPK 10.10, Night and Day, finished the race in an elapsed time 3 days 18 hours 29 minutes and 57 seconds. After time correction using IRC, Night and Day won the Fastnet Challenge Cup.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club created the first purpose built race village for the event and the winners received a five-minute standing ovation from over one thousands well-wishers at the Prize Giving in Plymouth.

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The fleet docked in Sutton Harbour Marina. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi The fleet docked in Sutton Harbour Marina. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Rolex Fastnet Race 2011

A record 314 starters with high drama and new monohull and multihull records; the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race was one of the most memorable in history.

130-foot trimaran Banque Populaire V, skippered by Loïck Peyron, set a new multihull record for the race of 1 day, 8 hours and 48 minutes (an average speed of 18.5 knots).

Volvo 70 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, set a new monohull record for the race of 1 day, 18 hours and 35 minutes.

Niklas Zennström's  Ran 2 won the Fastnet Challenge Cup Trophy, the race’s first back-to-back winner in more than 50 years. Second on corrected time was Mike Slade's Maxi ICAP Leopard, which the capsized Maxi Rambler 100 had been leading until her sudden overturn at the beginning of the home leg, just around Fastnet Rock. All 21 crew were rescued safely.

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2013 Fleet Tracking

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Follow the real race on the Tracker

Competing Boats in the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race are equipped with tracking beacons from Yellowbrick.

Click here to open the Race Player.

Ranking Pages / Light-Weight options

Leaderboard

HTML Leaderboard

For Skippers/Competitors

We have several plain-text options available for competitors, such as MaxSea, Expedition and other low-bandwidth formats.

Please see the Options Page (http://yb.tl/Links/fastnet-2013) and bookmark the downloads you require:

Low-Bandwidth Options Page http://yb.tl/Links/fastnet-2013

2015 Fleet Tracking

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Follow the real race on the Tracker Competing Boats in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race are equipped with tracking beacons from YB Tracking.

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Ranking Pages / Light-Weight options

Leaderboard

HTML Leaderboard

For Skippers/Competitors

We have several plain-text options available for competitors, such as MaxSea, Expedition, Adrena, text-only and other low-bandwidth formats.

Please see the Options Page (http://yb.tl/Links/fastnet2015) and bookmark the downloads you require:

Low-Bandwidth Options Page http://yb.tl/Links/fastnet2015

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