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How to watch the start

Rolex Fastnet Race Start - Royal Yacht Squadron. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi The 45th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Sunday 11th August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes with an impressive 347 competing yachts.

The first of eight starts is scheduled for 1200 with the magnificent multihulls speeding away towards the Western Solent. The last start is scheduled for 1350 with the high performance yachts powering through the racing fleet.

On Land

The best places to watch the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on Fastnet Radio on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green. As the fleet funnels out of the Solent there will also be good fleet viewing from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, and Hurst Castle on the mainland.

On Water

Spectator boats can watch the start in a specially created zone between the shore and Gurnard Buoy.

On Air

Fastnet TV:

For the first time in the history of the race, live TV coverage of the Rolex Fastnet start sequence will be broadcast from the RORC Fastnet web site:

Fastnet Radio:

Broadcasting live on 87.7fm on start day from 1145 with race commentary from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line and out on the water. Fastnet Radio will also be available on line at:


Latest race news, blogs from the boats, pictures, video and much more:

Watch the Rolex Fastnet Race unfold online with the fleet tracker. Trackers are fitted to every yacht so you can see each boat's position along the course.

Armchair enthusiasts can negotiate the course from the safety of their living room by playing the Virtual Fastnet Game. Choose your yacht name, plan your strategy and see how you fare against a fleet of thousands. Be warned: this game is very addictive!

Social Media

Regular updates on: and Twitter: #fastnet
Thousands of race fans as well as participating sailors gossiping about the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Z Cards

Information about the Rolex Fastnet Race on a handy Z Card will be available free of charge from the RORC office and selected locations on Cowes High Street, including the Henri Lloyd shop.