Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 at Hurst Castle | Lively conditions, gusting Force 9.
23.07.2023 HURST CASTLE
Hundreds of yachts set off from Cowes in the 50th edition of the Fastnet Race which was first sailed in 1925 by seven boats.
The wind was already around force 6-7, gusting 8, when the multihulls went through the Hurst narrows and rose to 8 gusting 9 when the smaller yachts arrived. Coupled with a change in the tide direction, so having wind-over-tide, this resulted in some lively conditions after 3pm (8 minutes on the video).
These were tough conditions for the smaller boats and some can be seen returning to the Solent in the video. Pip Hare’s ‚Medallia‘ is also seen returning – whilst apparently having difficulty with a furler – but they were shortly able to head west once more.
Yachts seen in this video include:
Solidaires En Peloton
Komifo – Ocean Fifty 29
Apivia por MACIF
La Mie Caline
GBR 8874R – Tall Ships Youth Trust
GBR 4147L – Zada
GBR 3759L – Jelenko