Rolex Fastnet Race Archives

Video: The start of the race

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.

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