Classic 1965 RORC Fastnet Race Documentry

Classic RORC Fastnet Race 1965

Ocean racing has changed considerably in the last 50 years.  Modern light weight waterproofs, VHF radios, GPS and more reliable weather forecasting all making it easier. The first RORC Fastnet Race was held in 1925 and the race has been run every other year since.  The 605 nautical mile circuit from Cowes off the Isle of Wight, West along the South coast of England, past the Isles of Scilly, around the Fastnet Lighthouse off the South West coast of Ireland, then back to Plymouth leaving the Bishops Lighthouse to port, is slightly longer due to new regulations, but still remains one of the classic offshore races. With entry limited to 380 boats in 2013 and a waiting list of 100 boats its popularity is bigger than ever.  Amateur racers compete along side professional race teams making this a must for anyone’s sailing CV. Rho, our Sigma 38, was commissioned in 1985  by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and designed by David Thomas to be a fast and comfortable ocean racer, equally at home racing round the cans or being cruised by a family.  The popularity of this one-design boat continues with regular entries in the Hamble Winter Series, Warsash Spring Series, Round the Island Race and Cowes Week. To learn more about the designer David Thomas please follow the link.

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