What’s the Fastnet Race?

Photo of the Fastnet Rock/Lighthouse

Photo Credit: Rolex/Daniel Forster

The Fastnet Race is the jewel of offshore yacht racing; it’s a 608 mile competition that has taken place during alternate Augusts since 1925 and involves a huge flotilla of yachts of all classes racing from the Solent, along the coastline of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and out into the open sea towards the Fastnet Lighthouse, Ireland’s most southerly point.

Often eventful and always exciting, past Fastnet Races have attracted a litany of famous boats including Edward Heath’s ‘Morning Cloud’ and Simon Le Bon’s ‘Drum’.

The Yacht to Watch This Year

Eight BEN supporters from the UK Motor Industry will be competing in this year’s Fastnet Race on ‘L’Ismé of Guernsey’, a beautiful Mystic 60.

Photo of crew whilst racing onboard Lisme

L’Ismé is the GT of yachts, an Aston Martin DB9 or a Bentley Continental. L’Ismé has cruised the world with elegance and poise - the perfect complement to the BEN crew’s enthusiasm and energy!

Look out for the dark blue hulled, white sailed Mystic 60 bearing the sail number GBR7517T and follow our progress on this blog. This year’s race starts on Sunday 12th August 2007.