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Rolex Fastnet Race – Record fleet for 50th edition of legendary contest

01.09.2023
The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most revered and challenging ocean races in the world. This year marked the 50th edition of this event considered to be a pillar of Rolex’s long-standing and privileged relationship with the sport. It was fitting, therefore, that this milestone chapter of the legendary contest should feature its largest ever fleet. Setting off from Cowes in southern England, into winds gusting 40 knots, crews were set an immediate and extreme examination of their boat-handling and resilience. When those who completed the course crossed the finish line in Cherbourg, France, fatigue from their exertions was matched by pride at passing the test. Max Klink’s Caro from Switzerland secured the Fastnet Challenge Cup for overall victory under IRC time correction, adding a new name and country to the honour roll on the coveted trophy. Since 2001, as part of its support for yachting dating back almost 70 years, Rolex has partnered the event and its organizer, the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3ErhGhT Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport. #Rolex #RolexFastnetRace #Perpetual
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50th Rolex Fastnet Race | Wrap Film

21.08.2023
The 2023 Rolex Fastnet Race marked the 50th run of the iconic event, challenging a record-breaking fleet of 430 yachts with relentless weather, strong winds, and rough seas. From the world’s fastest offshore Ultim trimarans to family and charter boat entries, competitors faced conditions reminiscent of 2021's race. Thousands gathered at Royal Squadron Yacht and Cowes Green to witness the historic start. With gusts up to 40+ knots and tumultuous 5-6m seas, this year's race truly tested the limits. #RolexFastnetRace #RORCracing #Sailing #Yachting
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 – 28 July – 50th Edition Grows the Legacy

28.07.2023
One of the highest profile yachting events in its portfolio, Rolex is proud to be associated with the Rolex Fastnet Race, a course that demands the highest level of performance from its competitors. The 50th edition of one of the most complete and demanding of the offshore classics emphatically demonstrated once more that precision and excellence are the values required to be an offshore racing sailor. The largest ever fleet participated with 430 yachts and nearly 3,000 sailors from 49 countries. The conditions varied from the brutal to the benign. As yachts finished in Cherbourg, two course records were broken, and a new champion was crowned. The Rolex Fastnet Race is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and has been partnered by Rolex since 2001, as part of it 65 year association with the sport. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3VskKQL Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport. #Rolex #RolexFastnetRace #Perpetual
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Duo Domination at Fastnet Race

28.07.2023
🌊⛵ Dominating #RolexFastnetRace, "Les P'tits Doudous en Duo" sails to a stunning double victory! 💪🏆 IRC Two-Handed and IRC Three honors go to Romain Gibon & Alban Mesnil. Exceptional performance in an exceptional year! 🙌 For full race highlights, click the link in bio! #IRCTwoHanded #SailingVictory
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Sun Hill III's crew celebrate victory | Rolex Fastnet Race

28.07.2023
IRC Four is the smallest IRC class in terms of numbers for the Rolex Fastnet Race but the passion has shone through in tough conditions. The last of the IRC Four warriors in the 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race are still at sea, and for many of them the incentive for the last big push is to makes tonight’s Prize-giving in Cherbourg. The IRC Four podium is now decided. François Charles' Dehler 33 Sun Hill III (FRA) finished the race on Thursday 27 July, after nearly five days at sea. Sun Hill III have won IRC Four, and placed 22nd overall in a fleet of 358 boats racing under IRC. Second after IRC time correction is one of the smallest boats in the race, Marc Willame’s JPK 960 Elma (FRA), racing doublehanded with Antoine Jeu. Completing the podium is Chris and Vanessa Choules' Sigma 38 With Alacrity (GBR), the top fully crewed team in IRC Four and once again top Sigma 38 for the Rolex Fastnet Race. Samuel Duménil and Antoine Runet racing JPK 960 Casamyas was provisionally third in class, but received a scoring penalty for being over the line at the start. Full story: https://bit.ly/3QhmqO8 #RolexFastnetRace #RORCracing
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Solong goes viral at the 50th Rolex Fastnet Race

28.07.2023
We approached Solong (Dehler 45), skippered by Johan Bratt, whose exceptional video of the 50th Rolex Fastnet Race has garnered tremendous attention on social media, amassing over 400k views from around the world 🌎📲 Among the crew, there was one member who hadn’t yet seen the video. We were eager to witness his genuine reaction to reliving that incredible moment. Congratulations to the entire team for successfully completing the race and providing us with the most authentic and captivating onboard video experience. Well done, guys! 💪 #RolexFastnetRace #50thEdition #Rolex #RORCracing
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2021 videos

Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 – 14 August – Inspired Performance

15.08.2021
The 49th Rolex Fastnet Race closed with a celebratory prize giving in Cherbourg, France for all class winners. The most significant trophy awarded was the Fastnet Challenge Cup presented to Tom Kneen and the British crew of Sunrise for winning the race overall under time correction. The 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, held under extraordinary circumstances, had proved once again why it is the biggest and among the most challenging of offshore races. The Rolex Fastnet Race is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and has been partnered by Rolex since 2001. The race is a legendary sporting contest that demands the very best from crews aspiring to complete the 695 nautical mile course. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3AK78GI Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport. #Rolex #RolexFastnetRace #Perpetual
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 | Sunrise Performs Horizon Job

12.08.2021
Tom Kneen’s JPK 11.80 Sunrise has sewn up IRC Two in this 49th Rolex Fastnet Race. The Devonshire team crossed the Cherbourg finish line at 1004 BST this morning. Sunrise’s corrected time of 4 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes 4 seconds has given Kneen IRC Two victory by a huge margin. As Sunrise finished, her closest rival was just past the Lizard with more than 120 nautical miles still to sail. After a hideous outbound beat down the Channel, when they never seemed to be in phase with the tide, Sunrise’s first break came after making the last minute call to go up the eastern side of the traffic separation scheme at Land’s End with Il Corvo as the majority of the frontrunners chose to go up the TSS’s west side. Rounding the Fastnet Rock on Tuesday mid-evening, Sunrise already had pulled out a 1 hour 12 minute lead under corrected time. But the key moment of her race came as, while she was forging past the Lizard, the wind utterly switched off for those astern as an area of high pressure rolled over them. “There was a big ridge chasing us at 10 knots, so we just had to go faster than 10 knots the whole way down there,” explained Dave Swete, Sunrise’s sole pro sailor. “It never caught us, but it caught the rest of the guys which I think went down to our fighting hard at the start and when we were fighting current for the first half of the race.” A jubilant Kneen shared his take on this: “The key moment was at the Scilly Isles when we were trying to hold on to the original wind to get us safely into the Channel. All of our weather routing said we’d be stuck in the light pressure, and we had chosen the sails that we believed we needed to deal with that.” From there, the crew kept their fingers crossed, while looking over their shoulders. As they arrived in Cherbourg having straight-lined it from the Scilly Isles, their competitors were still on a very different part of the chart. “We feel very fortunate to have made it here, arriving at a good time for the strong tides just before the finish,” said Kneen. “But there really was no relaxing until we actually crossed the finish line. Nothing is ever certain in this game.” #RolexFastnetRace
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 | Victory For Alexis Loison's Léon

13.08.2021
One of the most intense battles, both on the water and under IRC corrected time, in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race played out in IRC Three. Here the scratch boat was unquestionably the JPK 1030 Léon, skippered by the defending IRC Three and Two-Handed champion and former overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race, Alexis Loison, racing yet again doublehanded, but this time with Guillaume Pirouelle. Interesting was the diversity of crew make-ups: Fully crewed, doublehanded or mixed doublehanded, it seemed to make no difference to the competitiveness of the top boats. While the lead doublehanders in IRC Four were occasionally in the mix, it was mainly the doublehanded crews in IRC Three that held the top places in the IRC Two-Handed ranking. After surviving Sunday’s brisk start, the battle for the front of IRC Three, as the boats tackled the stiff beat down the Channel, as usual was down to picking the shifts and playing the tide. Sadly some British Sun Fast 3300s teams had not made it through - Kelvin Rawlings and Stuart Childerley (hoping to repeat their IRC Two-Handed victory from 2015) opted out of the race as James Harayda and Dee Caffari on Gentoo retired with a ripped mainsail. Another, Swell, sailed by double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson and Volvo Ocean Race sailor Henry Bomby, was also having a hard time having been OCS, although they had managed to recover well from their premature start, overhauling Léon by the Needles. But then as Bomby recounted, they “got Portland Bill wrong - we were playing for a left shift, so our main rivals got four or five miles ahead of us in the first six hours. So we had to play catch up from there.” At 0600 on the first morning, the Sun Fast 3600 Fujitsu British Soldier skippered by Henry Foster, had nosed into the lead, hugging the shore at Start Point with Louis-Marie Dussere’s JPK 1080 Raging-bee², Philippe Girardin’s J/120 Hey Jude and Raging-bee² neck and neck for the lead to the south. The British Army remained out in front as they sniggled around the Lizard coastline and continued on in the lead – just - as they diving south of the Land's End TYSS and up its west side. At the Fastnet Rock on the early hours of Wednesday morning, it remained tight on the water, but the lower-rated Léon led over Raging-bee² and Hey Jude by 45 minutes with Fujitsu British Soldier 13 minutes further back. At this stage Swell was 1 hours 19 minutes behind under corrected time. Half way into the return journey to Bishop Rock Fujitsu British Soldier and Hey Jude stayed west as Raging-bee² had nosed ahead of Léon to the east. By being further east still, Swell gained by being able to lay the east side of the TSS west of the Scilly Isles, as the boats ahead lost out, having to gybe to avoid it. But the major hurdle ahead was the ridge that engulfed the fleet late on Wednesday into the early hours of Thursday, that parked the fleet. Here the Fujitsu British Soldier crew made the decision to head west of the TSS. This worked out badly for them and they remained more firmly stuck than the boats to the east. Hey Jude and Swell came out best in this reshuffle along with doublehanders Olivier Burgaud and Sylvain Pontu on their JPK 1080 Aileau just to their south.
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