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Its a wrap! The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race Prizegiving © Rolex Its a wrap! The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race Prizegiving © Rolex

Wrapping up - Rolex Fastnet Race Finish Video

The 48th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race has almost come to close - while the final few boats are making their way in to the finish line off Plymouth, we look back on what has been a record-breaking edition of an iconic race. © Rolex

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With Alacrity, Sigma 38 © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com With Alacrity, Sigma 38 © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

Fastnet one design claims Hobo Trophy

Sigma 38s hold a significant place in both the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Rolex Fastnet Race history. Following the 1979 Fastnet Race tragedy, in 1985 the David Thomas-design won a competition run by the RORC and the Royal Thames Yacht Club to design a yacht that could stand up to being raced in tough offshore conditions.

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The crew of Mar Menor celebrate reaching the Fastnet Rock as the boat returned to finish the race 40 years after it started in 1979 The crew of Mar Menor celebrate reaching the Fastnet Rock as the boat returned to finish the race 40 years after it started in 1979

1979 Spanish yacht returns to finish the race

Eight friends from Spain finished the Rolex Fastnet Race Thursday morning in high spirits, pleased with their 52nd place in IRC Four.  “We are just amateurs and we are sailing a 40 year old boat, so we are very happy with our position” says owner Pablo Bernabe. 

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IRC Zero contained several of the IRC Overall top 10 including the TP52s: David Collins' Tala and Tilmar Hansen's Outsider © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com IRC Zero contained several of the IRC Overall top 10 including the TP52s: David Collins' Tala and Tilmar Hansen's Outsider © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

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.

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Ben Morris' S&S Yawl Lulotte is the winner of the Sparkman and Stephens Trophy in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race ©  Kurt Arrigo/Rolex Ben Morris' S&S Yawl Lulotte is the winner of the Sparkman and Stephens Trophy in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race © Kurt Arrigo/Rolex

Classic winners in the Rolex Fastnet Race

With only 18 boats left to finish, the winners of some of the special awards can now be determined, including those for the classics, the Sparkman and Stephens Trophy for the best yacht of that design, which has been claimed by the S&S Yawl Lulotte owned by Ben Morris. Also winning a special prize this year is Carina II, which will take home the Dorade Cup for the best IRC corrected time for a classic yacht. 

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Five Dazcats, built in Plymouth, took part in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, including Nigel Passmore's Apollo and Simon Baker's Hissy Fit © Dazcat Five Dazcats, built in Plymouth, took part in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, including Nigel Passmore's Apollo and Simon Baker's Hissy Fit © Dazcat

Multihulls earning their stripes in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Twenty years ago the Royal Ocean Racing Club allowed multihulls to participate in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Today, while the numbers remain relatively small compared to the giant IRC fleets, the quality and diversity of the multihull fleet is of note.

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David and Peter Askew's VO70 Wizard is the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, claiming the Fastnet Challenge Cup for 1st in IRC Overall © Kurt Arrigo/Rolex David and Peter Askew's VO70 Wizard is the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, claiming the Fastnet Challenge Cup for 1st in IRC Overall © Kurt Arrigo/Rolex

US Rolex Fastnet Race winner breaks French winning streak

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.

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Scaramouche celebrate their second Rolex Fastnet Race © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com Scaramouche celebrate their second Rolex Fastnet Race © Paul Wyeth/www.pwpictures.com

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.

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