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 LandThe 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.
Spectator boats can watch the start in a specially created zone between the shore and Gurnard Buoy.
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: http://fastnet.rorc.org
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: http://fastnet.rorc.org
Latest race news, blogs from the boats, pictures, video and much more: http://fastnet.rorc.org
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. http://fastnet.rorc.org/2013-fleet-tracking.html
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! http://manyclick.manyplayers.com/click.php?li=109
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.