Start of The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017

August 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sunday 6 August, the first leg of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017.  

We drove down to Keyhaven and took the little ferry across to Hurst Castle, ready to capture the fleet racing towards the Needles. A record fleet of 368 boats started this year, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet's position as the world’s largest offshore yacht race.  A brisk south-westerly meant that the yachts had to tack up the Solent, flying through the bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. So I was in about the best location to get shots of the boats as they bunched up and tacked towards us!  I spent almost three hours fixed to my viewfinder and telephoto lens, a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, the Mark I is still an outstanding lens! pausing very briefly for munchies.  I managed to capture dynamic, high quality images of state of the art racing yachts and cruiser-racing yachts flying past in lively conditions!  A fabulous race to watch.

From Wiki:

The Fastnet Race is a famous biennial offshore yacht race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom. 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.

 

 

 


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