Rolex Fastnet Race | North Sails & Campbell Field

Is your sail inventory ready for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021? North Sails teamed up with professional navigator, Campbell Field, to help you prepare for the much-anticipated Rolex Fastnet Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Over 400 yachts will set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron start line on the 8th of August 2021 to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. With a finish in Cherbourg, France, the route now totals 696 nm, adding 90 nm (15%) to the previous course and presenting new challenges for both crews and navigators. North Sails has teamed up with professional navigator, Campbell Field, to help you prepare for this much-anticipated yacht race.

Campbell has run route optimizations based on 10 years of weather data about windspeeds and angles on this new race course. Analyzing this information, alongside your IRC rating and sail inventory, is the best way to improve your performance.

A new course brings new opportunities, but identifying areas to improve will vary with boat design and your existing inventory. To optimize your sails for your IRC rating, first, we need to answer a few questions. What are the 2021 rating updates? Are there any free gains you could make, or should you increase your rating to improve a weakness in your current inventory?

By combining Campbell’s routing data with your knowledge of your boat, North experts Pete Redmond and Ronan Grealish will help you figure out the best strategy for this longer course.