Founded in 1925, the Rolex Fastnet Race is a biennial offshore yacht race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The race is named after the Fastnet Rock, which the race course rounds. The race is considered one of the classic big offshore races, and is among the top 3 in the world. The ‘Fastnet’ is testing of both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential. The race attracts around 300 of the world’s best racing yachts. This is your chance to compete in this famous race and complete a full Fastnet Campaign.
- Highly competitive 50th Anniversary race
- Rounding Fastnet rock will stay with you forever
- Expect many transitions in unpredictable conditions
- Compete in the same race as sailing greats
This event includes the following items. If you would like further clarity on event inclusions please contact us.
Shorebased training courses, qualifying races, Fastnet race entry fees, berthing and insurance
Professional Race Skipper and First Mate
Musto Technical Team Jacket and Polo to keep, and use of Musto BR2 offshore jacket and salopettes
All on board safety equipment including lifejacket
Food, soft drinks and berth whilst on board participating in practical events
Please note this itinerary is indicative and correct at the time of posting and liable to change at any moment. If you have any questions surrounding the event and listed itinerary do get in touch with a member of the team.
RYA Sea Survival Course
ISAF Offshore Safety Course
RYA First Aid
Availability for these courses may be checked and reserved with Hamble School of Yachting.
Cowes > Eddystone Lighthouse > Solent
25 May 2023 PM arrive at Clipper Events HQ Gosport.
26 May 2023 AM Safety briefings, PM Yacht familiarisation/sailing
27 May 2023 Race Start
29 May 2023 AM Return to Clipper Events HQ, PM guests depart
Cowes > Dinard > St Malo
06 July 2023 PM arrive at Clipper Events HQ, transit to Cowes.
07 July 2023 Race Start
09 July 2023 Depart St Malo
10 July 2023 AM arrive at Clipper Events HQ, PM guests depart
Cowes > Fastnet Rock > Cherbourg
21 July 2023 PM arrive at Clipper Events HQ, Gosport.
22 July 2023 AM transit to Cowes. Race Start
26/27 July 2023 Expected Race Finish
28 July 2023 Prizegiving. PM Depart Cherbourg.
29 July 2023 AM return to Clipper Events HQ, PM guest depart.
Who Can Enter
In order to take part in some sailing race events additional training and qualification events may need to be completed. Please make sure you meet the criteria listed within this section or contact the team for further information.
Open to everyone who has completed Clipper Race training
RYA Day Skipper or above
Non certificated recent sailing experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
For those who have no, or limited experience Clipper Race training Level 1 will need to be completed at an additional cost of £1,300
Over 18s only