Flera svenska seglare; Sailplane Jonas Sandberg/Rob Bottomley First 40 Bromma, Interceptor Mats Haegglund/Stuart Wilkie First 40.7 Uppsala och Team SCA Anthony Spillebeen Volvo 70 Stockholm, kommer finnas med bland de 3500 som ställer upp i den 45:e upplagan av Rolex Fastnet Race. Totalt förväntas 380 båtar från 20 olika länder att starta från Cowes den 11 augusti.
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Swedish sailors will join 3,500 competitors in 380 boats from over 20 countries in the world’s largest offshore race - the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. The legendary race sets sail from Cowes, Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th August and will showcase the most diverse range of yachts imaginable; from 30ft to 130ft and attracts aspiring sailors to professional crews who race all over the world.
Now in its 45th year, the race started with seven boats in 1925 and nowadays, sailors worldwide are drawn by the history and sporting lure of the greatest offshore contest. The challenging 608 mile race from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland and back around the Scilly Isles to Plymouth, is now by far the biggest of all the international 600 mile offshore races.
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As well as attracting some of the fastest and largest record-breaking boats on the planet, 3 Swedish boats and their crews will be on the start line for the world’s best-known historic offshore race:
Sailplane Jonas Sandberg/Rob Bottomley First 40 Bromma
Interceptor Mats Haegglund/Stuart Wilkie First 40.7 Uppsala
Team SCA Anthony Spillebeen Volvo 70 Stockholm
Follow the Race
It’s easy to follow the progress of the fleet as all the boats are fitted with a race tracker. Go to the official website and follow just one boat or the whole fleet, plus all the latest news and race reports, images, video can be found here.
Or listen to the live commentary online via the official website. They will be broadcasting from the start on Sunday 11th August, right the way through to the prizegiving in Plymouth.
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The testing course passes several famous landmarks on the south coast of England. Initially, from Cowes, the race heads westward down The Solent, exiting into the English Channel at Hurst Castle. As the fleet leaves the notable rock formations of The Needles to port, it enters the next phase in the race: the series of headlands and tidal gates that mark the journey to Land’s End at the south-west tip of England.
The legs across the Celtic Sea to and from the Fastnet Rock are long and unpredictable. Openly exposed to fast moving Atlantic weather systems, the fleet often encounters the toughest weather of the race on its approach to and return from Ireland. The Fastnet Rock has significant standing in the minds of competitors, and is viewed as the halfway mark, even though the actual distance remaining is less. The finish in Plymouth, with its maritime heritage is always memorable for crews and yet another historic Fastnet Race.