The 50th Rolex Fastnet Race is winding to a close following a superb Prize-giving on Friday 28 July at the Race Village in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. As the final boats make their way to the finish, it is time to start looking back at another thrilling edition of this iconic race.
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.