Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – It’s on!

Entry into the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race of 2017, took just 4 minutes for the 340-boat limit to be reached. The exciting news is that we’ve managed to get a member of crew on board one of the 340 boats!

What is the Rolex Fastnet Race?

Seven boats raced in the first race in 1925 and the founding members of the RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) and its flagship event would have been in awe of their creation with 340 boats signing up so quickly for this year’s event. It is expected to be a record-sized fleet to start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, making the Rolex Fastnet Race by far the largest of the world’s classic 600-mile offshore races, in terms of participation and one not to be missed!

The 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club will start in the Solent from Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday 6th August, finishing in Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, the symbol of the race, located off the southern coast of Ireland.

Why has Prestige Film got involved?

Not only the fact that the Rolex Fastnet is such a prestigeous event (and we’ll film it), but that our managing director, Trevor Pritchard, said he needed a challenge and would do said challenge for charity…so we’ve pursuaded him to sign up for the crew. Having limited sailing experience, we thought this really would be a suitable challenge!

How do you take a sailing novice and place him in the cauldron of one of the top 3 racing events in the world.

It is not just a case of turning up for the Rolex Fastnet, the crew must complete at least 300nm yacht racing in a number of qualifying events leading up to the Fastnet. Failure to knotch up these race miles (boat damage, crew injury or even excessive weather conditions), will prevent any crew from even taking the start line.

Training and learning every aspect of the 45ft Yacht prior to racing is essential and must be completed for any crew member to take on ocean sailing – look out for Prestige Film Fastnet posts to come to see what is involved!

How does one go from Novice to Sailing the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2017?

An understanding skipper and a dedication to learning the sport of yacht racing…oh and an inclination to spend up to 5 days at sea!

Is the Rolex Fastnet Race dangerous?

Yes it can be. This is ocean racing at it’s best, as the Rolex Fastnet Race is seen as a top 3 ocean races in the sailing race calendar. Prior races has seen many injuries and sailors have lost their lives. All precautions will obvisouly be taken, but this is Ocean sailing, so large seas are a possibility.

Want to know more about the Fastnet 2017?

We have a web page with more detailed information, check out the #Novice to Fastnet

Sailing to help Alzheimer’s Research

As mentioned, our MD will be sailing to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research, so please do follow the link below if you would like to donate. If you send us your email address, we’ll also provide updates during the race.