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Rolex Fastnet Race OffShore Races

Cowes
  • Event date: 08/08/2021
  • Event end: 14/08/2021
  • When: JUL-SEP

Rolex Fastnet Race

The Fastnet Race is one of the world’s most famous offshore yacht races organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom.

Generally considered one of the classic offshore races, ‘Fastnet’ is a difficult contest testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat & crew preparation and speed potential. From its inception, the Fastnet Race has proven highly influential in the growth of offshore racing, and remains closely linked to advances in yacht design, sailing technique and safety equipment.

The Fastnet Race takes place every two years over a course of 695 nautical miles from Cowes, Fastnet Rock, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. The race has a huge worldwide following and has seen continued growth over recent years, with the limit of 300 boats having to be increased to over 340 due to high demand.

The Fastnet is a challenging race; as it takes place in August, the race is often dominated with a Westerly airstream that are often strong to gale force in strength. For the Open 60, Volvo 60 and 70’s this race is a perfect match between their strong offshore potential performance and the safety margin offered by the close proximity of land throughout much of this race. For new sailors and those with many years under their belt, the Fastnet offers a high degree of challenge and the excitement of being involved in a major offshore event.

Rolex Fastnet Race

Start of the Race is 8 august 2021, other details have not been published yet

Rolex Fastnet Race Requirements

Preferably you have offshore experience

At least 50% of the crew (but not less than two) 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. An offshore race is considered to be of more than 75 miles and at least one night at sea. To fulfil this requirement the Competitor shall enter and complete an appropriate number of RORC races before the start of the race.

Safety and Life-Saving Equipment

A Combined Lifejackets and Harness shall be worn when on deck.

  • Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • On deck on your own
  • With reefed sails
  • When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
  • And when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile

Offshore Personal Survival Training

At least 30% of the boat’s crew (but not less than 2), including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations within 5 years of the start of the race

We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

Minimum of 1 member of the boat’s crew must hold an in-date First Aid Certificate completed within the last five years. Please note that some first aid certificates only have a validity of three years.

We do recommend that you have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

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Rolex Fastnet Race

Start of the Race is 8 august 2021, other details have not been published yet

Requirements

Rolex Fastnet Race Requirements

Preferably you have offshore experience

At least 50% of the crew (but not less than two) 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. An offshore race is considered to be of more than 75 miles and at least one night at sea. To fulfil this requirement the Competitor shall enter and complete an appropriate number of RORC races before the start of the race.

Safety and Life-Saving Equipment

A Combined Lifejackets and Harness shall be worn when on deck.

  • Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • On deck on your own
  • With reefed sails
  • When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
  • And when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile

Offshore Personal Survival Training

At least 30% of the boat’s crew (but not less than 2), including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations within 5 years of the start of the race

We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

Minimum of 1 member of the boat’s crew must hold an in-date First Aid Certificate completed within the last five years. Please note that some first aid certificates only have a validity of three years.

We do recommend that you have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

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