Caro wins 50th Rolex Fastnet Race


A record 430 yachts started the bruising 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet, a 695nm course from Cowes around the Fastnet Rock and on to Cherbourg.


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Caro in the 50th Rolex Fastnet Race; Photo: Rolex / Luca Butto


The Fastnet Challenge Cup is awarded to the overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race on time correction. Success is dependent upon possessing the skills and ability to race one’s yacht at its full potential, whatever the weather or sea conditions. In a 695nm race, luck plays a part because the wind is not even across the course all the time.


Remaining focused and committed throughout takes passion, belief and determination. The Swiss entry Caro, a Botin 52, joins an illustrious list of yachts that have won this near 100-year-old race. Max Klink’s crew deserve their place in the history of this fabled contest, worthy winners at the 50th edition, setting themselves apart from the remainder of a highly competitive, record fleet.


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Max Klink and the Caro crew; Photo: Rolex / Luca Butto


The Rolex Fastnet Race is always an examination of determination and endurance. The 2023 race has been no exception. Throughout the largest fleet to ever participate, 430 yachts, crews have faced a variety of conditions from the extreme and arduous to the benign and frustrating.


First held in 1925, the Rolex Fastnet Race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Rolex has partnered the event since 2001 and the biennial offshore race is one of the foundations of the Swiss Watchmaker’s six-decade-long association with the sport of yachting.



Note: For a full review of the 2023 Rolex Fastnet Race, read Issue 73