Fastnet RockAs reported on Monday, entry was opened at 12 noon for this year’s RORC Rolex Fastnet Race to be sailed out of Cowes on the 16th August and there was so much interest for the 90th anniversary of this event that within 24 minutes of entries opening all places had been grabbed.

By the end of the afternoon the frenetic trend had continued and 375 boats had signed up for the biennial 608-nautical miler, which has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925.

However, all is not lost for those who still wish to enter. Following the popularity of the 2013 race, when the entry limit was increased to 340 boats, the RORC Committee decided that RORC members would get priority for the first week of registration. Boats have to meet the strict entry qualification and training criteria of the race and after Sunday 18th January, all registered boats will be sorted and places offered on a first come, first served basis, with RORC members receiving priority over non-members. Boats registering after this date will be allocated places in the order in which they apply, regardless of membership.

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Among the first boats to register their entry for the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race was one of the best-known and loved classic yachts sailing today, Stormy Weather. This 1934 Sparkman & Stephens 52ft yawl which was named after the song,  has an illustrious racing pedigree, winning the King’s Cup in the Newport-Bergen Transatlantic Race a year after she was launched, before arriving to see Uffa Fox in Cowes in 1935 and going on to win the Fastnet Race the same year.

Report by Alan and Suzanne Whitewood

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