Here we go again with hot news from the quirky world of (race) sailing. The first story is already dear and near to my heart: Fastnet. Not only because we have the replica of the Lighthouse in SL Blake Sea but yours truly sailed the real race in 1995 as crew member on a former Admiral’s Cup winner (1973 “Rubin”).
The Fastnet is one of sailing’s most iconic and challenging races. This year’s edition attracted the biggest fleet to date as 388 yachts set sail on what would prove a record-breaking event as the battle for line honours went right down to the wire. Also in the Solent, the sport’s fastest fleet racing series made its European debut in equally dramatic style as SailGP broke both records and carbon out on the water.
It’s been a busy few weeks in Japan as well as the 470s played out their world championships on the waters of Enoshima before all ten classes battled it out in the Olympic test event just a year out from the start of the Games. And the Olympic news doesn’t stop there, as World Sailing announced more details of an exciting new offshore class for the 2024 Games in Paris.
Meanwhile back in Europe the Diam 24s concluded their own Tour De France in the Tour Voile, while the 52 Super Series was taking advantage of great conditions in Cascais, Portugal to put on another masterclass.
00:50 Fastnet Race
04:25 52 Super Series, Cascais
09:30 Tour Voile
12:42 470 Worlds
17:18 Olympic Test Event in Enoshima & 2024 Offshore class
20:09 SailGP, Cowes