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RORC allows over 100ft (30.48m) length for 2017 Fastnet

The Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race starting on Sunday 6 August 2017, has relaxed the limit of a maximum monohull length of 100ft (30.48m).© Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi -

The biennial event is the world's biggest offshore race and the last edition attracted a record-sized fleet of 356 starters.

Following interest from a number of superyacht owners and skippers, the RORC Race Committee has elected to lift the 100ft (30.48m) monohull limit opening the race up to the new breed of fast and agile cruiser/racer designs.

In the last Rolex Fastnet Race there were two monohulls at this upper limit of 100ft: Mike Slade's British Farr 100, Leopard who was competing in his 5th consecutive race and from the United States, Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark's Maxi Comanche.

The 100ft Comanche was the fastest monohull finisher in 2015, but narrowly missed the chance to break Ian Walker's VO70's 2011 monohull race record of 42 hours 39 minutes.