What's on in Cowes and how to watch the start

Where to watch the start

The race starts from one of yachting’s most famous locations: The Royal Yacht Squadron (The Squadron), Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 22nd July. 

The best vantage points for the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green from Fastnet Radio.

As the fleet funnels out of the Solent there will be a good chance to see the yachts from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle on the mainland. Further along the coast Anvil Point, St Alban’s Head, and Portland Bill should also give a good view of the race on its outbound leg.

Rolex Fastnet Race Village at the Finish in Cherbourg

Live Streamed events:

LIVE BROADCAST SHOW - Start of the 50th Rolex Fastnet Race – Saturday 22 July – from 1230

- The Livestream show starts at 1230 BST - Expert commentary from commentators on the Royal Yacht Squadron Platform for the start, along with on-the-water commentators and guests. Interviews and live coverage of all the starts from 1300 BST until after the final start at 1520 BST.

- Holly Hamilton will be the anchor for the Rolex Fastnet Race Live broadcast of the starts. She is best known as a presenter on BBC Breakfast & BBC Sport + co-host of BBC Sunday Morning Live.

- Commentators: Mike Golding OBE (Round the world race winner, multiple world champion, global record breaker), Annie Lush (Pro sailor, consultant and motivational speaker), Pete Cumming (Multiple sailing world record holder, pundit for the 35th America’s Cup - BT Sports and Sky SportSky), Louay Habib (RORC Race Reporter, race pundit), Christian Dumard (meteorologist) + special guests.


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The following events will also be broadcast LIVE:

Friday 21st July
1100 BST - Press Conference – RORC Cowes Clubhouse
Live Streamed. Interviews with skippers + interview requests available + online and shown on giant screen in Cherbourg Race Village

Friday 21st July
1200 BST - Skippers Briefing – RORC Cowes Clubhouse
Live streamed and shown on giant screen in Cherbourg Race Village

Saturday 22nd July
1230 BST - Live broadcast begins - 50th Edition Rolex Fastnet Race
+ online and shown on giant screen in Cherbourg Race Village

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