J Boats & Grand Soleil’s on the start line at this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race.

Have you been looking at the boats we have on offer here at Key Yachting and wondered do they make the step up into racing? well here’s your answer, Yes, They do.

The 49th edition of the Fastnet race began on 8th August 2021. This year’s race is a gruelling 695 nautical miles and is 90 miles longer than what the course has been in previous years. The race route encompasses seven famous landmarks, The Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, the Lizard, Land’s End, the Fastnet Rock and Bishop’s Rock off the Scillies. The event that takes place biannually usually finishes in Plymouth but for 2021 organisers decided that it would entail an extra challenge with a finish in Cherbourg France. The whole sailing community are likely to have been watching this year’s race which is full of the thrills and spills of professional racing and certainly puts boats to the ultimate test.

Here at Key Yachting our team were no different and were proud to watch the success of the Grand Soleil’s and J’Boats on the fleet.  337 yachts were on the start line for this year’s race with approximately 47 of them being J boats with J boats having been featured for the last 4 decades in every one of these flagship races.

Rock Lobster GBR1521R skippered by Nick Angel battled the elements to finish in 82nd place out of a fleet of 170 in the IRC overall. This was particularly impressive considering COVID restrictions meaning that the majority of practise races on the East Coast were cancelled. Prior to the Fastnet race Rock Lobster has finished in an impressive second place in the JOG race to Cherbourg and also took part in the RORC race to Le Havre. The J/121 is a great boat as not only is it capable of being professionally sailed in races of the calibre the Fastnet race and major yacht races it can also be sailed recreationally. Should you wish to follow in Rock Lobsters footsteps by owning your very own J/121 please have a look at our website and our team will be pleased to assist you further. J121

Another boat that the team here at Key Yachting were honoured to watch was the Grand Soleil Sidney 11 GBR1419L that was skippered by Bob Mecham and Tanya Sullivan and finished in an impressive finished 112th place in the place in the IRC overall in one of the toughest sailing conditions this year. Grand Soleil pride themselves on speed with unrivalled comfort, therefore, making it a great choice for people that want a sailboat that can be raced without having to forfeit comfort on your journey to glory.

If this has made you tempted to find out more about a Grand Soleil, please visit our Grand Soleil page.

The IRC overall top three of the race was as follows 1st Sunrise (JPK 1180) sailed by Thomas Kneen finish time 12 Aug – 10:04:43, 2nd  James Neville finish time 11 Aug – 22:34:58 and in 3rd was Pata Negra (Lombard 46) sailed by Andrew Hall finish time 12 Aug – 08:03:19

We appreciate no matter your racing ability a daunting race such as the Fastnet may be a big step up but whether you are aspiring to participate in the Fastnet or yacht club racing all the same do not hesitate to get in touch with the team today. With current delivery dates, we can secure your vessel for summer 2022. If you want to grab some speed and performance a little quicker to get out on the water before the season ends, then check out our used boats. We currently have a good range of boats online and more coming all the time.