The famous 608-mile race the Rolex Fastnet Race in almost a hundred years (it was first held in 1925!), and always, the participants started from Cowes (Isle of Wight), and finished in Plymouth.
It seemed an immutable tradition, but now it decided to break. Yesterday, the organizers of the Rolex Fastnet Race, representing the Royal ocean racing club sailing (THE), announced at a press conference that at least 2021 and 2023 years, the legendary race will finish in Cherbourg (if not accurately, in Cherbourg-Octeville) is a French port city located in the North of the Cotentin Peninsula, on the shore of the English channel.
According to representatives of THE, this step will promote the Fastnet Race and create the most comfortable conditions for the riders. Translated from the official language of men: the fact is that in Cherbourg is much larger than in Plymouth, Parking lots, and in recent years greatly limited the number of participants. So, before the race -2019 on the waiting list was more than 150 yachts!
Now such problems should not be. But Plymouth is not going to surrender and hopes to host the “Race of the century” in 2025-m. It’s a tradition.breaktradition