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21. August 2013, 12:00

The world's largest offshore race scales new heights

New benchmarks continue to be set in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event this year saw the entry list sell out in less than 24 hours. Its position as the world's largest offshore yacht race was further confirmed when a record-sized fleet of 336 yachts set sail from Cowes on 11th August. Drying out in Plymouth Yacht Haven. Photo: RORC / Tom Gruitt  »

16. August 2013, 21:49

Racy ladies

The Rolex Fastnet Race has had more than its fair share of high profile female sailors this year.Lucy Reynolds, Southern Child Rolex Fastnet Race Photo: RORC / Tom Gruitt  »

15. August 2013, 20:15

Ten out of ten for French doublehanders

The writing was on the wall when they claimed the RORC Channel Race outright at the end of July, but the French father and son team of Alexis and Pascal Loison have pulled it out of the hat again, successfully winning the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. L-R: The RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen congratulates IRC Overall winners of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race, Alexis and Pascal Loison. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo  »

14. August 2013, 14:53

Maxi-monohull match races play out

Like the animals in Noah's Ark, the biggest monohulls have spent the last days travelling two by two around the Rolex Fastnet Race course. Rolex Fastnet Race: Line Honours victory being celebrated in style by the crew of Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo  »

13. August 2013, 21:46


Esimit Europa 2, the 100-ft Maxi skippered by Jochen Schümann, is set to claim monohull line honours at the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. At 17:00 BST she was 85-nm from the finish line in Plymouth, with the crew reporting an ETA of 01:00 BST Wednesday morning. In the prevailing light conditions, Esimit Europa 2 has a natural advantage over her nearest rival, Mike Slade's heavier ICAP Leopard (GBR) and consequently throughout the day has been able to build what looks like an insurmountable lead. It currently stands at 20-nm. ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) leading the fleet ESIMIT EUROPA 2, SLO1001, Owner: Igor Simcic, Sailed by: Jochen Schumann, Design: RP 100, Class: Canting Keel. Photo By: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo.  »

13. August 2013, 12:34

A case of quick quick slow for fastest boat in the world

The world's two fastest offshore racing trimarans had to endure the world's slowest finish in the early hours of this morning in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Rolex Fastnet Race: Night owls. The winning crew of Spindrift 2. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo  »

12. August 2013, 21:48


At 14:03 BST Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's 131-ft Maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 was the first boat to round the Fastnet Rock, the symbolic halfway point of the 611-nautical mile Rolex Fastnet Race. SPINDRIFT 2 just ahead of BANQUE POPULAIRE as she passes the Fastnet Rock on Monday afternoon. Photo By: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo.  »

12. August 2013, 14:06

Prince De Bretagne retired 0800 today due to technical problems, all on board are ok.

French boats hold the upper hand in the Rolex Fastnet Race

Despite having been upwind since the start, the Rolex Fastnet Race fleet has been making excellent progress down the south coast of the UK since yesterday's start. There have been no retirements overnight, and to date, just four boats from 335 starters have officially dropped out. The most dramatic was the grounding of the brand new Cayman Islands-registered Botin 65, Caro, which went hard onto Salt Mead Ledge at the top of the tide yesterday afternoon. She has since been pulled off but has been forced to retire back to Endeavour Quay in Gosport.  »

11. August 2013, 21:13

Bunch up in Poole Bay

Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 sets sail from Cowes

Off Cowes, the rain stopped and the sun came out for today's start of the world's largest offshore race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. In the end, 335 boats set sail for Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off south-west Ireland, with 292 racing for overall honours under IRC rating and a further 43 non-IRC boats. Rolex Fastnet Race First Start, Multihulls, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's Spindrift 2. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo  »

07. August 2013, 23:45

IRC form guide - 300 boats fight for the Fastnet Challenge Cup

While the headline grabbing big boats may romp away come Sunday's start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the world's largest offshore yacht race, a longer more intricate battle will play out between the 300 boats competing for the handicap prize, the Fastnet Challenge Cup, for the winner under IRC rating. Niklas Zennström's Judel Vrolijk 72 Rán 2  »

01. August 2013, 23:49

Clash of the Titans: Rolex Fastnet Race

Start: Sunday 11th August 2013 - Story:James Boyd/

While the Rolex Fastnet Race's top prize is the Fastnet Challenge Trophy and Rolex chronometer for the first of the 302 boats competing under IRC Rating, another significant battle will be between the most high profile monohulls and multihulls, gunning for line honours into Plymouth. Esimit Europa 2 - Credit:Rolex/Kurt Arrigo  »