- Rolex World of Yachting
Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 7 August Wizard Leaves Fleet Spellbound
The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by David and Peter Askews 21.5 meter (70-foot) Maxi yacht Wizard. Finishing third on the water behind her larger rivals Rambler and SHK Scallywag, she is the first American yacht to win the race overall since Great News in 1989. Prevailing from an international fleet of 388 yachts is a remarkable achievement. The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the worlds legendary and most challenging contests. Wizards crew can be rightly proud of their accomplishment and for fully embracing the characteristics required to succeed in discipline of offshore racing: preparedness, determination, endurance and skill. It was not an easy win. Conditions at the Fastnet Rock on the second day were some of the worst in recent years with strong wind and steep waves testing the commitment of the crews. Wizards position at the top of the podium was challenged hard, not least by French yacht Bretagne Telecom, which finished second overall, a mere 45 minutes behind and British yacht Tala, a further 45 minutes back. The victory adds further lustre to the enduring and continuing history of the race.