X-Yachts at the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019
Xp 50 Freya captured in a perfect -moment rounding the Fastnet Rock.
Freya made Line Honours in 3d 2h 5m 21s and was thereby the first X-Yacht to cross the finish line in Plymouth.
Top five fastest X-Yachts (Line Honours):
1. Xp 50, Freya – 3d 2h 5m 21s
2. Xp 44, Warrior Won – 3d 2h 46m 47s
3. Xp 44, Orange Mecanix – 3d 4h 41m 10s
4. Xp 44, Xtra Staerk – 3d 6h 19m 25s
5. Xp 44, Simples – 3d – 9h 13m 40s
Despite a distance of 605 nm, the teams managed to stay focused and be at each other's tales throughout the race.
The Fastnet Race is a famous biennial offshore yacht race organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom, named after the Fastnet Rock, which the race course rounds. Generally considered one of the classic offshore races, 'Fastnet' is a difficult contest testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential. From its inception, the Fastnet Race has proven highly influential in the growth of offshore racing, and remains closely linked to advances in yacht design, sailing technique and safety equipment.
In 1925, the winner completed the course in 147 hours. Today, yachts are competing to beat the monohull record of 42 hours 39 minutes.
The 1979 edition of the race goes down in history for its tragic outcome. Eighteen people lost their lives following a ferocious storm. Less than a third of the 303-strong fleet finished the race. After the event, numerous changes were brought in, including mandatory storm sails and VHF radios.