Lonely Rock Race

Lonely Rock Race – 16th August 2020

lonely rock race

The Royal Western Yacht Club of England based in Plymouth in association with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Ryde on the Isle of Wight has announced a new race for the offshore racing calendar.  This new biennial race, the Lonely Rock Race, will run on alternate years to the RORC Fastnet Race and is in no way meant to compete with the Fastnet Race. Continue reading

The Rolex Fastnet Race

What is the Fastnet Race?

The Rolex Fastnet Race will be starting from Cowes tomorrow (14th August 2011 11:00).  Just when I thought I wouldn’t be seeing the Isle of Wight for some time after Cowes Week.

The Fastnet Race is a UK offshore yachting race which was founded in 1925 by  keen Yachtman, writer and broadcaster, Weston Martyr.  He had competed in yachting races in Bermuda and wanted a set up a similar race in Britain.

It is called the Fastnet Race because of the route taken by the yachts.  They leave from Cowes, Isle of Wight, pass Lands End and head for Fastnet Rock (off the southwest coast of Ireland.  They round the rock then return passing Bishop’s Rock lighthouse on the Isles of Scilly to end the race in Plymouth.  This year’s 44th edition will see a total of 608 nautical miles sailed by a  record 350 yachts from 19 countries.  The first of the winners should start arriving on the morning of the 16th (Tuesday) with the rest of the fleet arriving over the week.   The current course record is 1 day, 20 hours and 18 minutes.

The winners receive the Fastnet Challenge Cup and this is awarded to the yacht with the fastest race time.  This is calculated using the IRC handicap.  This is a rating rule to handicap different designs of keelboats allowing them to race together. Each boat’s rating (her ‘handicap’) is calculated using measurements of the boat; her length, weight, draft, sail area, etc. The resulting time corrector, the boat’s ‘TCC’, is her handicap. After a race, each boat’s elapsed time (the time she has taken to complete the course) is multiplied by her TCC to calculate her corrected time (her race time making allowance for the characteristics of the boat). The boat with the shortest corrected time is the winner of the race.  This year 300 boats will be eligible to win the Challenge Cup.

For more details on the race, how to follow the race and a virtual Fastnet game visit Rolex Fastnet Race

Fastnet Race

Main image courtesy of  JustPlymouth

Fastnet Rock Image courtesy of mozzercork