Embark on a sailing journey of a lifetime in the 2025 edition of the iconic Rolex Fastnet Race. Starting in the historic waters off Cowes, Isle of Wight, this prestigious 695-nautical mile race will take you through some of the most challenging and scenic stretches of the North Atlantic, culminating in a thrilling finish in Cherbourg, France.
Date and Location: The race is set to take place from July 26th to July 31st, 2025. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the course will finish in Cherbourg, France. This change from the traditional finish in Plymouth to Cherbourg was initiated in 2021.
Course and Distance: The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most prestigious 600-mile offshore races in the world. The course takes competitors from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock and back, finishing in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.
Participation: The race is known for attracting a wide range of yachts, from maxi monohulls and multihulls to smaller club racers and cruisers. Over 450 yachts are expected to participate, offering a diverse and competitive fleet.
History and Significance: The Rolex Fastnet Race, founded in 1925, has a rich history and is a biennial event organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom. It’s known for its challenging conditions and is a test of strategy and skill.
Additional Information: To qualify for the race, participants need to have raced over 300nm in the 12 months prior to the start with their crew. This provides an opportunity for crews with mixed experience levels to familiarize themselves with the yachts and racing maneuvers.