Video above published Aug 11, 2017: A memorable 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race concludes with Didier Gaudoux’s Lann Ael 2 confirmed as the overall race winner on IRC handicap. Victory is the crowning achievement of Gaudoux’s sailing career and recognition for an epic Rolex Fastnet performance, uniting teamwork, shrewd tactical decision-making and flawless preparation for the race. Lann Ael 2 becomes the third French yacht in as many editions of the race to claim outright victory. The 39-ft yacht prevailed from a record fleet of 362 yachts from 29 countries to claim the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup and Rolex timepiece awarded to the overall race winner.
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Video above published Aug 11, 2017: Stunning images from the Rolex Fastnet Race that capture both the power of the wind and those rare moments of great beauty out at sea.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 9 August – At the fourth attempt
Video above published Aug 9, 2017: Perseverance pays for George David as his American Maxi, Rambler 88, claims monohull line honours at the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. After coming close both in 2007 and 2015 and suffering a dramatic capsize in 2011, success in 2017 is the fulfilment of a decade-long ambition. Leading the monohull fleet from the start of the 605-nm race from Cowes, Rambler 88 arrived nearly five hours ahead of her closest rivals, CQS and Nikata. The focus now turns to the progress being made across the Celtic Sea by the remainder of the fleet in their quest to claim overall victory on IRC handicap.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 8 August – Concise confirmed as first yacht home
Video above published Aug 8, 2017: Plymouth has welcomed its first 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race arrival. Concise 10, a MOD70 owned by Tony Lawson and skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, claimed multihull line honours in the early hours of Tuesday morning completing the 47th edition of the race in 42 hours, 55 minutes. The time is a little over ten hours outside the current record. Monohull line honours is being contest by three Maxis – the 115-ft Nikata, Ludde Ingvall’s 100-ft CQS and George David’s Rambler 88. The latter currently holds a significant advantage and is making good progress back across the Celtic Sea. The majority of the 362-strong fleet are currently sailing in the opposite direction and on the approach to the race’s emblematic landmark, the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland.
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Aug 8, 2017, video above.
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – 6 August – Record fleet enjoys perfect start
In front of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s magnificent clubhouse in Cowes, a record-breaking fleet of 368 yachts embark on the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Lying ahead is the famous 605-nm race to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet is truly diverse, a quality clearly evident to all of those watching on the shore in Cowes or the thousands following the live start of the race on the internet. The first of seven start sequences was reserved for the fastest multihulls, the final saw the leading monohulls comprising the contrasting designs of Nikata, CQS and Rambler begin their quest for line honours.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 Start
Aug 6, 2017: The start of the 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Preview
Video above published Jul 3, 2017: The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925. The 605-nautical mile race is a test of strategy and skill with challenging tidal currents and changeable weather. 2017 marks the 47th edition of this international classic organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The race starts on Sunday 6 August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, off Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The fleet races westward out of the Solent, down the English Channel and into the open water of the Celtic Sea heading towards the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland. Once there the yachts head back on a reciprocal course to the finish off Plymouth.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Sunday 6 August 2017: The start begins at 1100 (BST) for the 47th edition. Multihulls will start first, followed by IMOCA 60s and Class 40s.
1110 IMOCA 60 and Class40
1120 IRC 4
1140 IRC 3
1200 IRC 2
1220 IRC 1
1240 IRC Zero & VO65
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