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Rolex Fastnet Race 04.08.2017


How to follow the Rolex Fastnet Race

Less than 48 hours to go!

The 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Sunday 6 August. A record fleet of around 375 boats representing 29 different countries will take the start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in the race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Follow all the action and don’t miss out on updates throughout the race. Here’s a quick guide.


The easiest way to follow the fleet is via the RORC’s minisite. Follow the story of the race with all the latest news and updates, great images from the start, Fastnet Rock and from the race course, plus video, audio, fleet tracking and the Virtual Regatta game.

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Set up to engage race fans with regular updates, Fastnet Radio will be broadcasting on the Cowes Radio frequency 87.7FM on start day, Sunday 6th August and simulcast with Fastnet Radio station operation in Plymouth on 87.9FM.




All the coverage will be available for download replays, as well as a podcast of the skippers briefing (Sat 5th August). Fastnet Radio is streamed on,
and also on

Fastnet TV will match the radio commentary from Fastnet Radio and will cover the entire start sequence live (1100 first start).


It will be streamed online from the official websites:


RORC Facebook LIVE:


Watch the Rolex Fastnet Race online via the fleet tracker. YB Trackers are fitted to every yacht so you can see each boat’s position along the course. View by class or select your favourites to follow friends and family, check out their boat speed and weather conditions in real time, read the social media feed and see how the live leaderboard is developing at

The race starts from one of yachting’s most famous locations, the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 6th August 2017.


The start sequence begins with the first warning signal at 10.50 BST for the 47th edition. There will be live coverage of the starts. See above.

1100 Multihull
1110 IMOCA 60, Class40
1120 IRC 4
1140 IRC 3
1200 IRC 2
1220 IRC 1
1240 IRC Zero & VO65

The best vantage points of the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green from Fastnet Radio. As the fleet funnels out of the Solent there will be a good chance to see the yachts from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, and Hurst Castle on the mainland. Further along the coast Anvil Point, St Alban’s Head, and Portland Bill should also give a good view of the race on its outbound leg.


VIRTUAL RACE: Over 8,000 have signed up so far!
Armchair sailors will be able to test their skills on the same course as competitors in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. Watch out, it’s addictive!


The Rolex Fastnet Race sets sail from Cowes on Sunday, 6th August with the first start at 1100 BST.