Race Overview


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 iconic ‘Fastnet Rock’, an isolated outcrop that sits approximately 30m (90ft) above the low water mark, topped by the 54m (177ft) tall Fastnet Lighthouse. This impressive landmark serves as the rounding point for the race before competitors make their way back to the finish point.

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.

Following the popularity and success of the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex Fastnet Race for Clipper Events in 2023, we will once again be entering our fleet of Clipper 68′ race yachts into the 2025 edition, offering guests an incredible opportunity to participate in this iconic and historic event.

The final details for this event are yet to be confirmed so please do check back regularly for updates, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or you can contact us on +44 (0)2393 382848, complete an online enquiry form or email [email protected].

  • Join as crew for one of the world's most iconic races
  • Rounding Fastnet rock will stay with you forever
  • Expect many transitions in unpredictable conditions
  • Compete in the same race as sailing greats


  • Rolex Fastnet 2025 Race Entry
  • Two RORC Qualifying Races
  • RYA Sea Survival Course
  • ISAF Offshore Safety Course
  • RYA First Aid Course
  • Musto Team Kit Package

£TBC pp

What’s Included

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.

Mandatory shorebased training weekend at Hamble School of Yachting which includes the following courses:

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.

RORC Qualifying Race 1 (TBC):

RORC Qualifying Race 2 (TBC):

Rolex Fastnet Race 2025:
Cowes > Fastnet Rock > Cherbourg
Aprox. 695NM

Dates & timings may be subject to change:

25 July 2025                 PM arrive at Clipper Events HQ, Gosport.
26 July 2025                 AM transit to Cowes for Race Start (start time TBC)
31 July/1 Aug 2025    Expected Race Finish in Cherbourg, France.
02 Aug 2025                 Prizegiving. PM Depart Cherbourg.
03 Aug 2025                 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