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Rolex Fastnet Race - A guide for entrants

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Purpose and Scope of this guide

Welcome to the new Rolex Fastnet Race guide. This guide is intended to de-mystify the entry process and to help make your entry into the Rolex Fastnet Race as easy as possible. It is not to be treated as a replacement for the Rolex Fastnet Race Notice of Race which will be available on the RORC website.

The guide is based around you, the competitor, and we will be updating it frequently to reflect your feedback so as to improve the experience for everyone. If you have further questions or suggestions then please email the Race Team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please put the Sail Number and Boat Name in the subject field).

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 12:19
 

Rolex Fastnet Competitor Information

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All Rolex Fastnet Race competitors can download the Rolex Fastnet Race Information Sheet 72.57 Kb with the course, proposed start times, list of areas that are obstructions and class flags.

 

Rolex Fastnet Race Proposed Start Times

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The proposed start times for the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday 11th August 2013 are as follows:

Class Start time
Multihull 1200
IMOCA 60 1210
Class40 & Figaro II 1220
IRC 4 1230
IRC 3 1250
IRC 2 1310
IRC 1 1330
IRC Z & CK 1350
 

2013 Rolex Fastnet Race - Entrylists

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Entrylist for IRC rated boats

Correct as of 9th August 2013:

pdf 152.73 Kb Rolex Fastnet Race Entry List - IRC.pdf

Entrylist for Non-IRC rated (e.g. Class40, IMOCA 60, Multihull) boats

Correct as of 9th August 2013:

pdf Bytes Rolex Fastnet Race Entry List - Non-IRC

 

Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 Entry Status

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In an astonishing 24 hours, the 300 boat entry limit for the Rolex Fastnet Race has been reached.

We are delighted that the race is so popular, the places have once again being taken up faster than ever before.

If you haven't entered the race yet, then all is not necessarily lost. You can join the Waiting List at http://remus.rorc.org. Past experience shows that approximately 10 to 15% of the boats entered do not go on to compete in the race, so it is very likely that places will become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the RORC manage entrants in the race?

Those who entered in time receive an automatic email confirming that they have entered the race. However, this is only the start of the entry procedure and all of the entry requirements, Special Regulations, Experience qualification, training qualification and other elements must be satisfied before a yacht becomes eligible to start the race. Please see the Guide for Entrants for details.

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Facts & Stats

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2007 Fastnet Challenge Cup winner Chieftain. Photo Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiThere is a comprehensive history of the great race on this web site; but here are some more facts about the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Q: Where in the world is approx. 600 miles from Cowes?

A: Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Geneva, La Rochelle and Plymouth via Fastnet Rock.

 

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Distances and Course

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Course

Starting from The Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, yachts will race on a course of approx 608 miles via the Fastnet Rock to the finish line at the western end of the breakwater in Plymouth Harbour.

Distances between notable points on the course

Cowes – Needles 16 nm

Needles – Portland Bill 34 nm

Portland – Start Point 54 nm

Start Point – Lizard 60 nm

Lizard – Lands End 22 nm

Land's End – Fastnet 170 nm

Fastnet Rock – Scillies 154 nm

Scillies – Lizard 51 nm

Total = 608 nautical miles

 

Charts for the Rolex Fastnet Race

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The following list of charts is only a selection of charts covering the course area and is designed as a guide for competitors. The responsibility for the choice of charts and other publications carried is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the person in charge. Persons in charge should consider which detailed charts might be required for ports of refuge.

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