Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2019 GAMMA Leaderboard

2019 Rolex Fastnet Race - Day 3

by Quinag 6 Aug 10:58 PDT 3-8 August 2019
Rambler approaches the finish of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, one hour, 16 minutes outside the monohull race record © Rolex / Stefano Gattini

The third day of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race has seen the start of arrivals in the monohull fleet. First held in 1925, the race is one of the preeminent stages for offshore racing and the 48th edition is living up to its legendary status.

For the second consecutive race, George David and the crew of the 27-metre (88-foot) Maxi yacht Rambler have secured the Line Honours trophy in the Rolex Fastnet Race, missing out on the race record by one hour, 16 minutes. Finishing the 605nm course in one day, 19 hours, 55 minutes, the American yacht Rambler held off her closest rivals, SHK Scallywag from Hong Kong and Wizard from the USA.

With line honours resolved, attention has turned to the overall win on handicap. Wizard currently holds pole position and, with challenging wind and sea conditions, in the Celtic Sea, those still racing with an eye on the main prize will have to exhibit all the determination and perseverance that have characterised the race down the years.

Rolex has partnered the event, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, since 2001 and the biennial race is a core element in the Swiss Watchmaker's six-decade-long association with the sport of yachting.

Related Articles

2019 Rolex Fastnet Race finish by Nic Douglass
All of the Fastnet adventures For the first time in my life I am now in Cowes for Cowes Week after the finishes of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth, and according to those much more "experienced" than myself, this is definitely an anomaly. Posted on 10 Aug
2019 Rolex Fastnet Race overall
Burnishing the legend The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of sailing's ultimate challenges: a racecourse that has achieved mythic status, a turning mark that is a true icon in sport and a near 100-years of history and tradition. Posted on 9 Aug
US Rolex Fastnet Race winner
Breaking the French winning streak An American VO70 has continued its phenomenal winning streak to claim the Fastnet Challenge Cup, the overall prize for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. Posted on 7 Aug
2019 Rolex Fastnet Race day 5
Léon surfs to victory in IRC Three One hundred and seventy one teams in the Rolex Fastnet Race were taking part in IRC Three and IRC Four, close to half of the record-breaking fleet. For these smaller/slower boats endurance is key as they spend four days or more days at sea. Posted on 7 Aug
2019 Rolex Fastnet Race day 4
Tough, inspiring and recognizable As the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race moves through its fourth day, the flood of arrivals continues. The window of opportunity for those pursuing overall victory is narrowing and, after four days, crews still at sea are beginning to tire. Posted on 6 Aug
Rolex Fastnet Race: Big boat race on the cards
The quantity of boats arriving in Plymouth has been steadily increasing Overnight some of the hottest boats in IRC Zero reached Plymouth and it is these which are looking like they may be main contenders in their own class, and also for the main prize overall this year. Posted on 6 Aug
Charal shakes off competition for IMOCA honours
In the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 While IMOCA 60s are renowned for racing non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe, the doublehanded crews of these extraordinary space-age craft appreciate the Rolex Fastnet Race. Posted on 5 Aug
Rambler 88 wins line honours in Rolex Fastnet Race
George David and his all-star crew were delighted to have beaten their rivals The race back across the Celtic Sea towards the Scilly Isles was also very quick with straight-line sailing at speeds of around 20 knots. But it was the final run into Plymouth from the Scillies that put paid to any race record hopes. Posted on 5 Aug
New Rolex Fastnet Race multihull record
The Ultim trimaran Maxi Edmund De Rothschild wins by just 58 seconds The Maxi Edmund De Rothschild has won multihull line honours in the 48th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. The team finished at 16:32:26, setting a new reference time of 28 hours 2 minutes and 26 seconds. Posted on 4 Aug
2019 Rolex Fastnet Race: Morning Race Report
A park-up for the majority of the fleet... but for some more than others Overnight in this 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, the much forecast park-up caused by the wind transition between the southeasterly and southwesterly gradient breezes created a driftathon and a major compression in the fleet between Start Point and the Lizard. Posted on 4 Aug
Zhik ATR Aroshell SW FOOTERGul 2019 Carrier FOOTERFestival of Sails 2020 GIF - FOOTER