Start of Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 at Cowes.

The most impressive collection of offshore racing yachts from across the globe is set to gather off Cowes for the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race on 3 August.

With a first start at 12.30pm will be followed by starts for the many classes of boats.

Saturday 3rd August 2019 sees the start of the historic Rolex Fastnet Race. For the first time ever, it will take place before Cowes Week. It is the world’s largest offshore yacht race.

This race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) based in London and Cowes, Isle of Wight and this year sees the 48th edition of the biennial race. The inaugural race was run in 1925 and it has been held once every two years since the 1930s – apart from war times

The non-stop race course is 605 nautical miles (1,120 km) from Cowes around the Fastnet Rock (off Ireland) and finishing in Plymouth, Devon.

A record fleet of around 400 boats and 3,000+ crews are participating in the 2019 race.