The Rolex Fastnet Race starts Saturday 3rd August, at 1100 BST
The start sequence begins with the first warning signal at 10.50 BST. The sequence lasts for two hours from 1100 to 1240.
PROPOSED START TIMES
1110 IMOCA 60 & Class40
1120 IRC 4
1140 IRC 3
1200 IRC 2
1220 IRC 1
1240 IRC Zero & VO65
WHERE TO WATCH: COWES START
The best vantage points of the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green.
As the fleet funnel out of the Solent there will also be a good chance to see the yachts from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, and Hurst Castle on the mainland. Further along the coast, Anvil Point, St Alban's Head and Portland Bill should also give a good view of the race on its outbound leg.
FASTNET RADIO & TV - LIVE STREAMING OF START
Fastnet TV will cover the entire start sequence live. It will be streamed online from the official race website and will be shown around Cowes on big and small screens.
Live Fastnet Radio commentary will be broadcasting the start on 87.7FM on Sunday and will be simulcast in Plymouth on 87.9FM.
Out of VHF range? Then go to the web site - www.rolexfastnetrace.com
The Royal Ocean Racing Club will cover the entire start sequence on Facebook LIVE. 'Like' our page for the latest updates, photos, press releases and live video.
The easiest way to follow the fleet is via the RORC’s web site. Here you can find the latest news and images as well as blogs from the boats, web updates and morning and afternoon race reports during the entire race.
Track the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet online with the YB Tracker Player. View by class or select your favourites and check out boat speed and weather conditions in real time. Read the social media feed and see the live leaderboard.
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