Fastnet Race

The biannual Rolex Fastnet Race is back for 2017. The historic race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, starts in Cowes, Isle of Wight. It takes in 608 nautical miles of exciting and challenging sailing conditions to the finish in Plymouth, via the Fastnet Rock in the Irish Sea.

Considered by many as a “classic offshore race”, the Fastnet requires skills of both offshore and inshore racing, in often challenging conditions. This is a race that proves crew competence, looking good on any sailing CV.

Marta will be campaigning in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, starting on Sunday 11th August. We hope to form a crew who are able to participate in the whole programme, enabling us to gel as a team. Our competitive price of £3000 pp will include 1 training weekend and 3 races, to give the boat and crew it’s qualifying miles for the Fastnet itself.

The magnificent Fastnet Rock captured by Daniel Forster during the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race: Credit: Rolex/Daniel Forster

We will be competing in the following Offshore races in 2017
Dates are provisional and subject to change


29th April – 1st May: Cervantes Trophy Race: Cowes – Le Havre (110-160 NM)
Join the boat on Friday evening for a 0850 start on Saturday. A race to Le Havre, France. With the boat returning to Gosport on Monday.
27th-29th May: Myth of Malham Race: Cowes – Eddystone – Solent (235-256 NM)
Join the boat on Friday evening, for a 1020 start on Saturday.  A rac around the Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth and back. This race is the same course as the Fastnet Race, allowing us to hone our tacics along the South Coast.
7th – 10th July: Cowes – Dinard/St Malo Race (151 NM)
Join the boat on Thursday evening for a 0950 start on Friday. A 24-36 hour race to St Malo. We will aim to leave St Malo on Sunday, taking some time to sail back through the Channel Islands. Returning to Gosport on Monday 10th. Crew may wish to catch a ferry back to Portsmouth.

6th August: Fastnet Race (608 NM)
Join the boat on Saturday to prepare and stock the boat for the 1050 start on Sunday. The Race will last 5-6 days taking us past Lands End, across the Celtic Sea around the Fastnet Lighthouse and back to Plymouth.

Crew and Boat requirments

  • At least 50% of the crew (but not less than 2) including the Person in Charge, must have completed a minimum of 300 miles of offshore racing together, within 12 months of the start of the race on the boat that is entered
  • Training to Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations must have been completed by at least 30% of the crew (but not less than 2) including the Person in Charge
  • At least one of the crew must have completed appropriate First Aid Training or be a Medical Professional
  • The RORC stipulates a minimum experience requirement of 300 miles of RORC offshore racing, completed by 50% of the crew (but not less than 2) including the Person in Charge within 12 months of the start. An offshore race is considered to be of more than 75 miles and at least one night at sea

For all Fastnet enquiries, please email

Click here for more information on the Fastnet Race.

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