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Rolex Fastnet Race's most complete pantheon of offshore race boats

The 48th Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Saturday 3 August 2019. The immense fleet in the world's largest offshore yacht race is an impressive sight as they head into the English Channel © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo The 48th Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Saturday 3 August 2019. The immense fleet in the world's largest offshore yacht race is an impressive sight as they head into the English Channel © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The most impressive collection of offshore racing hardware from across the globe is set to gather off Cowes for the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race on 3 August.

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Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Yachts from all over the world will be descending on Plymouth for the Rolex Fastnet Race © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo Yachts from all over the world will be descending on Plymouth for the Rolex Fastnet Race © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race.

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ROLEX Fastnet Race 2019 - Change of Date  

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The 2019 edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race will start on Saturday 3rd August 2019, which is two weeks earlier than the original published date.
 
Unusually, the race will now run the week before Lendy Cowes Week, whose dates remain unchanged, starting on Saturday 10th August. This break with tradition, in consultation with Lendy Cowes Week, has been made for a number of reasons, including weather concerns over late August.
 
"We have been wrestling with this decision over the summer and particularly the relative timing with other events in Cowes and the Solent," said RORC Commodore Steven Anderson. "A late August start has weather implications for our big fleet and we anticipated running into the summer bank holiday would cause difficulty for many participants. Bringing the race forward by two weeks addresses these issues and allows us to encourage the fleet into Cowes in the pre-race days before the start."

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