Fastnet Race

Sunday 6th August 2017

The Fastnet Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club is renown throughout the world as being one of the premier yacht races.

Competitors will descend upon the Royal Yacht Squadron start line at Cowes on Sunday 6th August, then head west towards the Needles before making the passage towards the Isles of Scilly, Ireland and the Fastnet Rock. The race finishes 605 miles later at Plymouth and well deserved celebrations ashore.

MEC Sail offer competitive yachts like the Beneteau First 40.7 for this event. You may wish to enter the race as an individual or arrange your own experienced charter party. We will be able to provide the yacht and offer advice and expertise to make the event a complete success.

As crew you must race over 300 miles with your intended Fastnet crew and yacht, during the previous 12 months preceding the race. This is an endurance race. It is not easy. It is not a cruise. If your commitment and enthusiasm is there you will do well. However it is a team event and during the course of the race you will develop and use your sailing and communication skills.

Through our experience we understand the needs of the individuals and above all we try to ensure that everyone has fun whilst enjoying the challenge.


It is the skipper’s responsibility to ensure that the following criteria are met and that copies of Certificates or Letters of Attendance are submitted to RORC.

  1. First Aid and ISAF Personal Safety, plus Sea Survival: at least 30% of the crew shall have had completed this training.
  2. Sea Survival: at least 50% of the crew shall have training or instruction in the use of liferafts. This should include a session spent in a pool with a liferaft.

Notes: Training must have taken place in the 5 years preceding the start. In the case of 2 handed entries both crewmembers shall have completed first aid and sea survival training. Full details are available on the RORC website.


Please contact us for whole boat charter and individual place prices.


  • Training weekend
  • 3 Race weekends to suit
  • Fastnet Race
  • Free return cruise from Plymouth
  • Racing sails and spinnakers