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All set for Fastnet

Matt White

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Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 11:00

A RECORD-BREAKING Rolex Fastnet Race, featuring crews from 29 nations, will start from Cowes on Sunday.
A record 375 yachts and around 4,000 competitors will be taking part in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial race, bidding to win the Fastnet Challenge Cup.
The Fastnet is the world’s largest offshore race, covering a 608-nautical mile course.
After leaving Cowes between 11am and 12.40pm on Sunday, the yachts will head along the south-west coastline, before rounding Land’s End.
After crossing the Celtic Sea, the race rounds the Fastnet Rock off the south-west coast of Ireland, before heading around the Isles of Scilly and back to the finish at Plymouth.
For the first time this year, an all-Chinese crew will take part, while other competitors include Martin Westcott, who was the first Chilean to sail around the world via Cape Horn.
Around 60 boats are racing two-handed and the Volvo Ocean race boats will be competing offshore together for the first time.
The Fastnet Radio will broadcast along Cowes Parade and Prince’s Green for people to follow the race.

 


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