Attrition begins for 49th Fastnet Race

Cowes, UK (August 8, 2021) – The Rolex Fastnet Race has a reputation for the severe weather that it can throw at its competitors. Still strongly remembered is the 1979 race that cost 19 lives, the 49th edition of the 96-year-old offshore racing classic lived up to its fame today as the seven starts got underway.

Over the last three days strong southwesterly winds have been blowing up the Channel and competitors today were treated to these same headwinds gusting into the 30s and, as the tide turned off the Needles and in the western Solent, a building wind-against-tide sea state developed in the early stage of the 695 nm course…

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