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Fol­low­ing months of metic­u­lous prepa­ra­tion for crews and or­gan­is­ers alike, a record break­ing ad­di­tion of the Rolex Fast­net Race got un­der­way in some style. The largest eet in the race’s 92-year his­tory, com­pris­ing 368 yachts from 29 coun­tries, were treated to kind con­di­tions, blue skies and a con­sis­tent, build­ing westerly breeze as they were di­vided across seven start se­quences in front of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s club­house Cowes.

The 2017 Rolex Fast­net Race eet was truly di­verse. First away were the nine mul­ti­hulls with the MOD70 Con­cise 10 im­me­di­ately as­sert­ing her sta­tus as favourite to ar­rive rst in Ply­mouth. Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of the mul­ti­hulls, the sub­se­quent starts show­cased a range of boats

from cut­ting-edge to his­toric, pro­fes­sion­ally­sailed to fam­ily-crewed, the IMOCA 60s, Class 40s, through to the bulk of eet em­bod­ied by yachts in the 30-50-ft range in­clud­ing a large num­ber sail­ing dou­ble-handed. The nal start was re­served for the largest and fastest mono­hulls. In this class, range of de­signs and size of yachts is re­mark­able. At 115-ft Nikata, a high-per­for­mance cruis­ing yacht, has be­come the largest mono­hull to ever com­pete in the race. Her near­est ri­val in size, Ludde Ing­vall’s 100-ft CQS, was built with the more sin­gle-minded ob­jec­tive of rac­ing fast.

The Rolex Fast­net Race, or­gan­ised by the Royal Ocean Rac­ing Club (RORC) is con­sid­ered the world’s largest and most di­verse off­shore race. It is one of three 600-nm off­shore races part­nered by Rolex. The oth­ers are Oc­to­ber’s pop­u­lar 608-nm Rolex Middle Sea Race and the leg­endary 628-nm Syd­ney Ho­bart Yacht Race held an­nu­ally at the end of the year.

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