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About the Lonely Rock Race

Join Global Yacht Racing for the inaugural Lonely Rock Race in 2020!

The Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth, in association with The Royal Victoria Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight, are hosting this biennial Corinthian Race named ‘Lonely Rock’ race. The race will start from the vicinity of Ryde in the Eastern Solent, round the Fastnet Rock and finally finish in Plymouth Sound.

The name ‘Lonely Rock’ is a loose translation of the Gaelic name – ‘An Charraig Aonair’ for Fastnet Rock. The original course dates back to 1925, when two members of the RWYC famously made a bet on who could win a race around this notorious landmark, starting from Ryde and Finishing in the Port of Plymouth. Now, the RWYC is bringing the Corinthian spirit back to the race with emphasis on the club sailor with a desire to take on this famous course.

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Time until race


Although the race will start on Sunday 16th August 2020, the race campaign starts ahead of this with a series of training weekends and qualifying passages.

Training Dates  TBC
Qualifiers (Offshore Sailing Passages/race(s) TBC


Lonely Rock Race Start Date
Sunday 16th August 2020

Event Price

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Price per person


In association with The Royal Victoria Yacht Club, this biennial Race will start from the vicinity of Ryde in the Eastern Solent. The course will leave the Isles of Scilly to Port, round the Fastnet Rock to Port, pass the Isles of Scilly once again to Port and finally finish in Plymouth Sound.

Details of our Lonely Rock Race package

Whole Boat Charters & Individual Crew Places available.


Lonely Rock Race Campaign includes:

Professional Skipper & Mate

Training event

Qualifier offshore sail or race(s) to total 300nm

Team gear – branded race shirt

All safety gear

Food & drinks whilst training and racing

All yacht/race costs costs

Why we are excited about the Lonely Rock race

As we participate in a number of offshore race events around the world, including previous races around this infamous rock, we are always keen to offer our clients the chance to experience this offshore challenge. A chance to bring a team together to take on this course is the essence of Global Yacht Racing's aim that yacht racing should be accessible to everyone!

How to Book

Email: [email protected] for more info
Phone: +44 01983 242 033

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Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight
Date: June 16, 2021
Duration: 66 Days