Rolex Fastnet Race

Come and join us in the Rolex Fastnet Race Village to celebrate the finish of this historic race.

Fastnet - Credit Rolex, Kurt Arrigo


Enjoy family fun on the waterfront!

This summer, Plymouth is welcoming the finish of the world-famous biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. Over 3,000 competitors in more than 400 boats cover a course of 605 nautical miles, going round the Fastnet Rock off the south west coast of Ireland, before returning via the Isles of Scilly to finish in Plymouth. Join us to welcome the return of the boats, and enjoy a programme of family friendly activity at the race village at Plymouth Yacht Haven.


Sunday 4 August

The first Rolex Fastnet boats are due to arrive in Plymouth on Sunday 4 August in the afternoon. The lead boats will be the superfast trimaran Ultimes. Take a wander along the waterfront and you may spot them as they arrive into Plymouth.


Tuesday 6 August to Thursday 8 August

Every day at the race village from 11am to 5pm there will be circus workshops, face painting, paddleboarding sessions and the opportunity to meet many of the competitors. All activities are free.

Family Activities

Have a go at circus tricks and acrobatics or have your face painted.

Live Music

Enjoy a packed programme of live music on the stage.


Sample some of the best local food and drink from the Fastnet Crew Bar and food stalls at the Race Village, including authentic Thai food, locally sourced burgers, a hog roast and a Swiss café and patisserie.

Race around the Rock

Try a free paddleboarding session around our very own re-creation of the Fastnet Rock. Sign up with the Mount Batten Watersports team, in the Race Village. No experience or pre-booking needed. A great family activity for adults and children over 11.

Walk the Dock

Visitors are also welcome to ‘walk the dock’ to see many of the race boats and talk to the competitors after their gruelling race.


How to get there

Plymouth Yacht Haven is located on the Mount Batten Peninsula, Shaw Way, Plymouth PL9 9XH.

By Car: Car parking is available along Lawrence Road and in the public car park near the Mount Batten Ferry.

By Bus: Take the Stagecoach bus number 2 from the city centre to just outside the Rolex Fastnet Race Village. To plan your journey see

By Ferry from The Barbican: Free return Mount Batten Ferry tickets are available to visit the Fastnet Race Village from the Barbican Tourist Information Centre. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. For more information (including timetable) on the Mount Batten Ferry, please visit:


For more information visit the Rolex Fastnet event page or view the programme.



Cost: Free

Venue: Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre

Categories: Major event

  • Tuesday, 6 August 2019 - 11:00am to Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - 11:00pm