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The 48th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race started on Saturday 3rd August 2019. 388 boats from 27 different countries started this year's flagship race with the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

The latest official videos

  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 8 August – Burnishing the Legend
  • Hannah Diamond and Henry Bomby | Fastrak XII | 2nd Place IRC 3
  • Jean Pierre Kelbert | Léon | Winner of IRC 3
  • Noel Racine | Foggy Dew | Winner IRC 4 Rolex Fastnet Race
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 6 August – Tough, Inspiring and Recognizable
  • Jacques Pelletier | L'Ange De Milon
  • Courrier Recommandé JPK 11.80 | Gery Trentesaux
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 | IRC 3 Start
  • Jules Salter | Rambler 88
  • Peter Harrison | Sorcha Maxi 72
  • Rambler 88 | Line Honours Monohull
  • Jeremie Beyou | Charal IMOCA 60 WINNER
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 5 August – Monohull Line Honours
  • VO70 Wizard | Rob Greenhalgh
  • Rolex Fastnet 2019 | IRC 4 Start
  • Ultim MACIF Finish | Jimmy Spithill
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 4 August – Multihull Race Record Broken
  • Multihull Line Honours Winner | Maxi Edmond De Rothschild
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 3 August – A spectacular start for an impressive fleet
  • Gerard Butler | 1979 Lightkeeper
  • Yves le Blévec | Skipper Ultim Actual Leader
  • Catherine Chabaud | The Red Cigar/Formatives Network, IMOCA
  • Hannah Stodel. Class40. Rolex Fastnet Race.
  • Kai Hockley | Project Scaramouche. Greig City Academy

The Start of the Race - Live TV

Replay of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race start live coverage

2019 Press Conference & Preview

Fastnet Radio live

Listen to Fastnet Radio on 87.7fm in Cowes or 87.9fm in Plymouth - or online here

The latest pictures from Facebook

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The latest pictures from Instagram

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

#Repost @ircrating - Reminiscing about the good times...😌⛵ - Richard Matthews’ first Fastnet was 50 years ago, and this year he raced for the 23rd time on board Oystercatcher 33️, pictured here rounding the rock! - #IRCrating #RolexFastnetRace © ROLEX/Kurt Arrigo . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #fastnetrace #yachtphotography #superyachts #supermaxi #imoca60 #multihull #yachtsofinstagram #sundown #fastnet #goldenhour #boat #travel #mothernature #summer #dusk #maxiyachts
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

The @rolex Fastnet Race was a magnificent showcase of the complete range of offshore racing hardware, from French state of the art racers like the Ultims, IMOCA 60s and Class40s, to the bulk of entries in the huge IRC fleet, competing for the race’s top prize - the Fastnet Challenge Cup. - It also confirmed the Rolex Fastnet Race’s position as the world’s largest offshore race with 388 starters, setting a new record, up from the 362 of 2017. - Full story via the link in our bio. - #RolexFastnetRace 📸 Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #fastnetrace #yachtphotography #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #imoca60 #multihull #yachtsofinstagram #sundown #fastnet #goldenhour #boat #mothernature #summer #dusk #maxiyachts
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Moments in time - Pata Negra. - #RolexFastnetRace 📸 Wang Bo/China Sailing
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

“Cabin crew seats for take off.” ✈️ - @gitanateam #RolexFastnetRace 🚁📹 @yriou
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Take us back already 🥰⛵️🌊 - #RolexFastnetRace ©️ @rolex / @kurtarrigo
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

An epic edition of the worlds largest offshore race. The fastest monohulls, the mightiest monohulls, and a collection of thousands of sailors from across the world...professional, corinthian, family and friends, all of which who made the 48th edition so special. Thank you. #RolexFastnetRace © ROLEX
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

"France dominate an international top 10!" 🏆🇫🇷 - The top ten of the overall IRC corrected time rankings for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race have proved to be quite an international affair. Not only did the Stars & Stripes take line honours with Rambler 88, but also overall victory in the race and IRC Zero, won by the VO70 Wizard. - France claims half the spots in the top ten, starting with the Mach 45 Bretagne Telecom skippered by boat builder Nicolas Groleau, who has now completed six editions of the race aboard his Sam Manuard-designed canting keeler. - Runner-up to Wizard this year, Groleau’s persistence will surely be rewarded one day with outright victory. This year Bretagne Telecom enjoyed a close battle with the longer Cookson 50 canting keel one designs. “Close reaching, the Cooksons are faster,” said Groleau. “We were faster downwind and reaching - this boat is a rocket downwind and we really enjoyed the final run from the Scillies back to Plymouth.” - #RolexFastnetRace . . . #yachting #yachts #superyachts #yachtrace #ocean #waves #water #sail #sailing #sea #sun #fastnetrace #yachtphotography #superyachts #supermaxi #instamood #bestoftheday #rolex #imoca60 #multihull #yachtsofinstagram #fastnet #goldenhour #boat #travel #mothernature #summer #dusk #maxiyachts
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

It has been five days since the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race and almost all the yachts have crossed the finish line off Plymouth and are enjoying the hospitality of the Fastnet Race Village. Tonight they will be treated to the Prizegiving in the Race Village, followed by a Crew Party with live music. - 🏆 1800 - Prizegiving 🎶 1930 - Crew Party featuring Joey the Lips - All are welcome to come down and enjoy the event as we wrap up what has been an incredible #RolexFastnetRace! - 📸 RORC/Paul Wyeth
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

For the third time since 2013 Alexis Loison has won both class and IRC Two-Handed in the Rolex Fastnet Race, this time racing with the boat builder Jean-Pierre Kelbert on the brand new JPK 10.30 Léon. #RolexFastnetRace
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

David Askew attributes the Wizard team’s success to putting the right pieces in place. After buying the boat, the decision was made to employ Volvo Ocean Race skipper Charlie Enright as sailing master and bring on board an all-star crew. - They included Enright’s business partner Mark Towill, with whom he has run two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, plus former Volvo Ocean Race winners Richard Clarke and Rob Greenhalgh, and leading Australian navigator Will Oxley. - We caught up with Charlie to hear his thoughts after finishing the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by David and Peter Askew’s VO70 Wizard! Finishing third on the water behind her larger rivals Rambler and SHK Scallywag, she is the first American yacht to win the race overall since Great News in 1989. #RolexFastnetRace © ROLEX
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

David and Peter Askew's VO70 Wizard is the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, claiming the Fastnet Challenge Cup for 1st in IRC Overall! 🏆 - An American VO70 has continued its phenomenal winning streak to claim the Fastnet Challenge Cup, the overall prize for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. David and Peter Askew, aboard their VO70 Wizard, came out on top under IRC corrected time, beating French boat builder Nicolas Groleau’s perennial entry on their canting keel Mach 45 Bretagne Telecom by 45 minutes. This was despite the 2019 race being the Askew’s first attempt at the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s pinnacle 600 mile offshore. - “To win the race is unbelievable,” said David Askew upon hearing of their latest victory. “Obviously the Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the premier ocean racing events in the world and has a magnificent history going back way before I was born, and I’m an old guy!” - Full story on the official race website. #RolexFastnetRace 📸 @rolex / @kurtarrigo
Royal Ocean Racing Club

Royal Ocean Racing Club

Scaramouche’s young crew sail into Plymouth to celebrate their fantastic achievement! - Kai Hockley, aged 13 along with Jaden Owusu and Christopher-Joel Fredrick, both aged 14, are not just the youngest crew taking part in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race but they have also undertaken one of the most intense programmes to prepare for the event. Along with six other 18-and-unders, they have worked exceptionally hard to be ready to crew an ex-Admiral’s Cupper Scaramouche, built in 1981, in this, the toughest of races. - Kai has a sharp sense of humour. When questioned about a photo captured during the race showing a seemingly glum expression on his face he swiftly retorted “I was just concentrating hard on sailing.” He went on to say “The first two nights were tiring but in the end we got quite a lot of sleep.” Like the rest of the team Kai had put in a lot of preparation. “We did the Myth of Malham Race and the St Malo Race (both RORC qualifiers). I also sail Lasers and 420s, and my goal is to do the Olympics.” - This is Scaramouche’s second Fastnet campaign by a crew from the Greig City Academy which runs the sailing project for these inner London students. The first, two years ago, was equally successful and a triumph for a previous group of youngsters from the Academy. - While skipper Jon Holt, who is a teacher at the academy, keeps an eye on life on board it is actually the young team that run the boat with minimum input, the oldest of whom, like Captain Azat Ulutas, are aged 18. “The race was very challenging going up to the rock, and we didn’t eat much!” he says. “To be honest it was a bit unpleasant. But coming back was just awesome!” Asked how he came to be selected as Captain of the young team he suggests “I guess I know how the boat works… I love being Captain.” - Read the full story via the Rolex Fastnet Race website. - #RolexFastnetRace 📸 RORC/Paul Wyeth

The latest about #rolexfastnetrace on Twitter

Saltwater Stone (@saltwater_stone)

Grab a cuppa and read this if it's the only thing you read today. Amazing race - congratulations Pip! #rolexfastnetrace @RORCRacing @pipoceanracing twitter.com/pipoceanracing…

Nicole (Boys) Maddock MCIM (@Nicole_Boys_)

RT @RORCRacing: "Waves are the voices of tides." Scallywag on the home straight from the Fastnet Rock. #RolexFastnetRace 📸 @ROLEX / Kurt…

Prima Jewelry (@JewelryPrima)

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O 🌎 Flávio© (@omundoflavio)

RT @ROLEX: Since 2001, the #RolexFastnetRace has been a cornerstone of our association with #Yachting. The world's biggest offshore race is…

Flagpaints (@flagpaints)

RT @pipoceanracing: Here's the final sign off on this year's epic #rolexfastnetrace . It's a long blog so you will need a cup of tea. Thank…

Ramsgate Week (@ramsgateweek)

RT @pipoceanracing: Here's the final sign off on this year's epic #rolexfastnetrace . It's a long blog so you will need a cup of tea. Thank…

William McCarren (@McCarrenBill)

RT @pipoceanracing: Here's the final sign off on this year's epic #rolexfastnetrace . It's a long blog so you will need a cup of tea. Thank…

RORC (@RORCRacing)

RT @pipoceanracing: Here's the final sign off on this year's epic #rolexfastnetrace . It's a long blog so you will need a cup of tea. Thank…

Pip Hare Ocean Racing (@pipoceanracing)

Here's the final sign off on this year's epic #rolexfastnetrace . It's a long blog so you will need a cup of tea. Thank you @RORCRacing for another great epic event. piphareoceanracing.com/blog/thefastne…

Joey The Lips (@joeythelipsband)

RT @ieYeeM: Hey @joeythelipsband thank you for amazing concert and great fun at #RolexFastnetRace ⛵️⚓️ Plymouth, England. @RAFSailingAssoc

皇室の心が日本の支え! (@takaaki461)

RT @RORCRacing: "Waves are the voices of tides." Scallywag on the home straight from the Fastnet Rock. #RolexFastnetRace 📸 @ROLEX / Kurt…

Conor Slattery (@slattc)

RT @RORCRacing: "Waves are the voices of tides." Scallywag on the home straight from the Fastnet Rock. #RolexFastnetRace 📸 @ROLEX / Kurt…

Céline Hégly (@CelineHegly)

RT @Batlantiques: Aujourd’hui, on vous présente le 2nd armateur : @trimaranMACIF Record du tour du monde en solitaire, vainqueur du @Vende

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