My 600 mile Fastnet Yacht Race adventure!
Starting on Sunday 16th August me and my Dad are competing in the RORC Fastnet yacht race – one of the world’s toughest offshore races at over 600 miles non-stop!
We’re doing it just double-handed against over 350 other yachts (many of which have over 12 people on board) – it’s going to be tough! The Fastnet Race takes place every two years over a course of 608 nautical miles (1,126 km).
The race starts from Cowes on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Leaving The Solent through The Needles Channel, the race follows the southern coastline of England westward down the English Channel, before rounding Land’s End. After crossing the Celtic Sea, the race rounds the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland. Returning on a largely reciprocal course, the race rounds the Isles of Scilly before finishing at Plymouth, where we may have a pint or 2!
It’s not my first time doing the Fastnet (I did it in 2003, and for the first time double-handed in 2013), and it’s my Dad’s 10th time, but every race is different, and there’s always something to learn.