Day 5 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The last 24 hours have seen an increasing number of yachts complete the famous 603-nautical mile course. Improved wind conditions have enabled all yachts to round the Fastnet rock and make real progress to the finish at Plymouth. The overall winner has yet to be announced and anticipation is steadily building as the 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race enters its final phase.
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Day 4 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading yachts have begun arriving in Plymouth having completed the famous 603-nautical mile course from Cowes, Isle of Wight via Ireland’s mythical Fastnet rock. Jim Clark’s 100-ft Maxi Comanche from the United States claims monohull line honours finishing a mere 4 minutes ahead of compatriot George David’s 88-ft Rambler. Swiss yacht Spindrift 2 claims the multihull line honours crown.
Day 3 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading multihulls and monohulls are enjoying close, tactical competition as they make their return journey across the Celtic Sea and towards the finish line in Plymouth. The 46th edition of the race has so far been characterised by light conditions creating a strategic, tactically engaging race. The 90th anniversary edition of this offshore classic welcomed a record number of 356 race starters. Despite the trying conditions only four boats have currently retired from the race, testament to the perseverance of the competing crews and their desire to complete the course.
Day 2 of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. The leading yachts have passed the halfway point of the 603-nm offshore race with the front-running multihulls rounding the race’s emblematic turning point – the Fastnet rock. The fastest monohulls are in close pursuit, while the majority of the fleet is engaged in a real tactical contest as it grinds its way slowly past the headlands of southern England. The 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race is well underway and living up to its reputation as a true test of sailing prowess.
The 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race is underway. After negotiating seven separate start sequences called from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the largest fleet in the race’s proud 90-year history have commenced the famous 603-nautical mile offshore race to Plymouth via Ireland’s Fastnet rock. Progress at the start was slow, the 356 race starters forced to find the merest zephyr of breeze during one of the lightest starts in the race’s history. Fortunately a building breeze has seen the fleet make good progress on exiting the Solent.