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  • Writer's pictureDavid Connolly

Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 Legacy

One of the highest profile yachting events in its portfolio, Rolex is proud to be associated with the Rolex Fastnet Race, a course that demands the highest level of performance from its competitors. The 50th edition of one of the most complete and demanding of the offshore classics emphatically demonstrated once more that precision and excellence are the values required to be an offshore racing sailor. The largest ever fleet participated with 430 yachts and nearly 3,000 sailors from 49 countries. The conditions varied from the brutal to the benign. As yachts finished in Cherbourg, two course records were broken, and a new champion was crowned. The Rolex Fastnet Race is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and has been partnered by Rolex since 2001, as part of it 65 year association with the sport. Discover more

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.

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