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Spectators watch the starts at the Royal Yacht Squadron's Line. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Watch the start or visit the race village in Plymouth

Where to watch the start in Cowes

Yachts will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes. Starting sequences begin on
1200 BST on Sunday 16th August

The best vantage points for the start will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Spectators will also be able to listen to the live commentary on the speakers along Cowes Parade and The Green from Fastnet Radio.

As the fleet funnels out of the Solent there will be a good chance to see the yachts from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle on the mainland. Further along the coast Anvil Point, St Alban’s Head, and Portland Bill should also give a good view of the race on its outbound leg.

Visit the Race Village in Plymouth

The Rolex Fastnet Race Village is the home of the RORC Finish Office and Media Centre, located next to the Plymouth Yacht Haven marina. Within the village are several concessions including Official Clothing Supplier MUSTO, joined by Roger Young Land Rover and Jaguar and, from the provider of the race champagne, the Lanson Champagne Bar. Competitors and visitors alike can relax on the decked seating area to view video footage drawn from competing yachts during the race displayed on the central large screen.

How to get to the Race Village in Plymouth

Plan of the Race Village in Plymouth

Entertainment in the Race Village

Thursday 20th August
1300 Fastnet Preparation - Steve Anscell (Fastnet Radio)
1400 Live music - Alice Gullik
1600 Live music - Jacob Riddall
1800 Live music - Richard James
2000 Live music - Moon Brother
2200 ENDS
Friday 21st August
1300 Live music - Russell Sinclair
1400 Live music - Ooomph Acoustic
1645 Race Village closes to Public
  Prize-giving Ceremony (Competitors Only)

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