The Centenary Race

the Original Lonely Rock Race

10th August 2025 

Picture ‘Atomic’ IRC winner 2022.

Centenary Race

Course record – ‘Jolie Brise’ 6 days, 14 hours and 45 minutes

The Centenary Race

The Royal Western Yacht Club of England in Plymouth is excited to announce the RWYC ‘Centenary Race’ 2025.

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.


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. The Entry will be open to mono and multi hull yachts between 30 and 70 feet in length.

Chris Arscott, RWYC Commodore, explains “It is our intention to run the original course as a race to celebrate the centenary of the Fastnet Race. The ‘Centenary Race’ is in no way intended to replace the RORC Fastnet Race and is nothing to do with RORC in any way. This is our way of recognising the part that the Royal Western Yacht Club had in the formation of the Fastnet Race and what went on to be the backbone of the RORC. It is intended to retrace the footsteps of the original course leaving the Isle of Wight to Starboard and finish in the natural ampitheatre that is Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. It will be quite an event, a ‘once in a lifetime’ moment…”

The RWYC ‘Centenary Race’ will start on the 10th August 2025.

Further information and Notice of Race on the RWYC ‘Centenary Race’ to follow shortly.

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Race Director
Adrian Gray: