Weather Warning Delays Start of Rolex Fastnet
RORC Race Office announced at this afternoon's
Race & Weather briefing that the Rolex Fastnet
Race start will be postponed for 25 hours due
to the continued severe weather warning issued
by the UK Met office. The first start for the
300 boat fleet will be Monday 13 August at 1100
The postponement is a first in the 83-year history
of the race. The decision was made after consideration
of the severe weather warnings issued by the UK
Met Office, in order to ensure that the fleet
is not in the exposed waters of the Western Channel
and the Celtic Sea at the time that the predicted
weather is expected.
Racing Manager, Janet Grosvenor said "it
remains the RORC policy to start the race when
it is safe to do so and the responsibility for
a boat's decision to participate in the race or
to continue racing is hers alone."
With the forecast boding a fast
race, plans for the finish in Plymouth remain
in place with the prizegiving scheduled for Friday17th
August at the historic Royal Citadel.
Starting times for the classes are as
- IMOCA 60 1100
- IRC 3 1120
- IRC 2 1140
- IRC 1 1200
- IRC Z 1220
- IRC SZ & CK 1240
- Multi-hulls 1300
Further information about the RORC and the Rolex
Fastnet Race may be found at http://fastnet.rorc.org.