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 Be as ready as you can for the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race

2021 will be a unique year for the Rolex Fastnet Race. A new race route with an additional 94nm to finish in Cherbourg brings an interesting set of challenges to the race. Pressure will be on the Navigator with the new elements on the southern side of the English Channel in an already complex race.

Field Yachting with Campbell Field (navigator on the IRC52 TALA, 3rd overall and 1st non-canting keel yacht in the 2019 edition of the race), will be presenting a webinar series from 1830 to 2030 on Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of March focusing specifically on the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race and its many elements. Expert input will be delivered by world leading partners.

Although valuable to any competitor, this series is ideal for Corinthian teams wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the planning and execution required for this race along with insight into the tools and technology available.

Topics include:

  • A detailed walk through the route and examining critical elements

  • Rules (RRS vs IRPCAS, IRC, NOR, SI’s)

  • Yacht preparation (electronics and sails)

  • Historic Weather Studies – examining the results, impact on sail inventory

  • Wind and current grib file technology

  • Coastal and Island winds

  • Developing strategy in the days leading up to the race

  • Optimising your strategy on the race course

Much of this series will be demonstrated using Expedition Navigation Software tools.


Learn from the Experts: Partnering with Field Yachting for this series are some authorities in their respective fields to share their knowledge:


North Sails – The worldwide leader in sail making. Managing your sail inventory, optimising for this specific race, preparing it for the challenge of the race and keeping it going in case of damage.

PredictWind – The world leader in high resolution weather forecasting. High resolution grib wind forecasts and an insight into the technology and validation tools used.

TideTech Marine Data - The leading supplier of oceanographic data to the elite yacht racing community. The technology behind their ultra high resolution current forecast data product for the Rolex Fastnet Race

Wouter Verbraak – World class yachtsman with a Masters Degree in Meteorology. The elements that are not always clear from grib forecasts – topographical and thermal effects on coastlines and islands

Osprey Technical – Excellence in marine electronics. Options for on board internet connectivity for downloading weather forecasts. Preparation of your instrumentation hardware and spares.

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