The 50th edition of Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the most prestigious and challenging yacht races in the world, starts off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes this Saturday. This extraordinary event, renowned in sailing circles and beyond, is more than just a race; it’s the “Everest” of sailing events.
Since its inception in 1925, the Fastnet Race has captivated millions worldwide with its dramatic combination of strategic navigation, endurance, and sheer courage. As competitors tackle the now 695-nautical-mile course (some 90 nautical miles longer than the classic course) from Cowes, around the iconic Fastnet Rock off Ireland’s southwestern coast, and finally to the finish line in Cherbourg, France.
This year, as the fleet of world-class sailors readies to embark on this epic journey, we are ready to track not only our own Kraken crews, but many other teams, and analyse each tack and gybe of the race from the comfort of Kraken HQ.
Watch the Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 Start Live
Saturday 22nd July 2023, 1300BST
A 2-hour live stream of the start and coverage of the first leg tracking the fleet through the needles will be broadcast with expert commentary from the Royal Yacht Squadron platform. A panel of special guests will analyse the race from every angle, diving into weather, strategy and history. The broadcast starts at 1230BST with the first fleet starting at 1300BST.
The broadcast will be available on the RORC Website
Track the Rolex Fastnet Race 2023
All yachts competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race are fitted with satellite tracking beacons. Regular “pings” from the trackers enable spectators to watch the race once the yachts are out of sight of land. To watch for live updates, head to the Race Tracker
page, select the teams you want to follow and watch their every move.
Want to join the Rolex Fastnet Race 2025?
Even before the warning signal for 2023 has been fired from the Royal Yacht Squadron, we’re planning our 2025 campaigns! Our lineup will include our usual IRC Super Zero to IRC 2 yachts, with some new additions planned. Register your interest below to join as crew and be the first to know once booking is live, as we always sell out for this iconic race.