Rolex Fastnet Sailing Race 2023

Make the Rolex Fastnet your challenge for 2023. Become part of a special team and take the helm on a racing yacht in this most infamous of yacht races.

The Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 will be the 50th edition of the Race. It will end, as it did in 2021, in Cherbourg.

Join us in this landmark edition of the world's largest offshore race. We will be entering a Challenger 72.

Included is the following:

  • A Training Weekend on the water getting to know the boat and your fellow crew mates
  • An ISAF Offshore Safety Course that includes a Sea Survival Course
  • 3 qualifying races
  • The Rolex Fastnet Race (July 2023)
  • Crew jacket and polo shirt
  • All yacht expenses - food on board, fuel, gas, berthing, professional skipper
  • Use of oilskins

More Photos

To compete in this once in a lifetime challenge you will need the ability to be versatile, dedicated, committed and a team player. You will also be enthusiastic about sailing and racing a yacht.

You will need to have done some sailing but ideally have some racing experience but this is not strictly necessary. You'll also need to have a reasonable level of fitness as racing can be physically demanding.

In return, completing this challenge will give you with a huge sense of achievement - and hopefully a great result!

See how it went last time...

More Photos
More Photos

The yacht is 72t long and weighs (displaces) 48 tonnes. She has raced around the world several times and done a number of Fastnet Races. The hull is made of steel making her extremely strong and capable of withstanding ferocious conditions if needed.

She is equipped to a standard beyond that required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the race organisers - the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). She provides an extremely safe environment within which to participate in an event such as the Fastnet Race.

The yacht is very hands on and you will get a go at all the different roles. Most things require at least 2 people so team work will be key.

Down below the yacht is comfortable and has a big airy saloon area, a well equipped galley and two heads/showers. The sleeping area is made up of compartments with cosy snug bunks.

The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world's most prestigious and challenging Races yacht races. Since its establishment in 1925 the Fastnet Race has provided thousands of sailors with the ultimate challenge of rounding the Fastnet Rock.

Racing hard for over 600 miles for five days gives this race its tough reputation. In a field of up to 300 yachts you will race from Cowes to the infamous rock off Southern Ireland and for the second time ever the race will then finish in Cherbourg, often encountering some of the most demanding weather conditions.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club, who are the race organisers, rightly so, have strict entry criteria for both yachts and crews wishing to compete. The yacht/skipper/crew must complete 300 miles in offshore races as a team in the 12 months before the race.

More Photos
More Photos

Sea Survival Course - Date TBC

RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course - Date TBC

Training Weekend - Dates TBC

Get to know the yacht and sail! You will join and depart from the yacht in Cowes.

Myth of Malham (1st Qualifying Race)

Date TBC The race starts and finishes of Cowes and goes around the Eddystone Lighthouse.

De Guingand Bowl (2nd Qualifying Race)

Dates TBC Join the boat in Cowes. Starting on Saturday from Cowes, the race course is only ever confirmed the day before. It will take you out into the Channel and is often a highly strategic race.

St Malo Race (3rd Qualifying Race)

Date TBC The race goes to St Malo. The boat will then sail back. Start and finish in Cowes.

Join the Yacht in Cowes

Race starts Saturday 22nd July 2023.

Depart the boat in Cherboug a day or so after finishing the Race or stay on board and depart inm Portsmouth.

The Fastnet Yacht race is probably the most famous offshore yacht race in the world. It has been organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1925. Up to 300 yachts battle it out against the elements and each other. The course is from Cowes to Cherbourg via the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland and back to Plymouth. At over 600 miles from start to finish, this race is THE aspirational race for novices and experienced sailors alike.

You will join the yacht in Cowes a day or two before the race starts on the Sunday. The time it takes to do the race depends entirely on the wind. Allow 5 or 6 days but you should set aside the week.

More Photos
More Photos

The price for the whole package is £TBC and includes the 2 Safety Courses, Training Weekend, 3 Qualifying Races, fuel/gas, oilskins, berthing fees and all food on board, plus, of course, the Fastnet Race 2023.

To pay a £1000 deposit and secure your place aboard use the following code when checking out: FASTNET2023

Book Now!
Race starts Date TBC
Weekends and 1 week
Contact us
0203 006 3717
Our Locations

Shamrock Quay

William Street



SO14 5QL


c/o Cruising Association

CA House

1 Northey Street


E14 8BT

Partnerships with the best
accepted cards sage pay
© 2018 First Class Sailing Ltd. All Rights Reserved