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Caro Wins 50th Rolex Fastnet Race

The Botin 52 was helmed by a crew under Max Klink, emerging victorious amongst a record large fleet of 430 contenders.

Jul 27, 2023 | By Max Sin
Caro, Rolex Fastnet Race, Cowes, Cherbourg, Fastnet Rock, Max Klink, Botin 52
Caro in the 50th Rolex Fastnet Race. Photo: Luca Butto

The Swiss entry Caro, a Botin 52, joins an illustrious list of yachts that have won the 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Max Klink’s crew have proven themselves worthy amongst the largest fleet ever to participate in the event’s century-long history at 430 yachts. The Rolex Fastnet Race is known for being an examination of determination and endurance. The 2023 iteration has been no exception with a tumultuous race course filled with obstacles ranging from the arduously extreme to the frustratingly benign.

Caro, Rolex Fastnet Race, Cowes, Cherbourg, Fastnet Rock, Max Klink, Botin 52
Max Klink and the Caro crew. Photo: Luca Butto

The Fastnet Challenge Cup is awarded to the overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race based on time correction. Victory goes to the crew with both the skills and tenacity to race their specific yacht at its full potential, readily adapting to whatever the weather or sea conditions may be while sustaining a high level of focus across the long 695nm course from Cowes, England to Cherbourg, France. Luck is undeniably paramount as well considering how the wind may not always blow on course.

Founded in 1925, the Fastnet Race is organised by Royal Ocean Racing Club. Rolex has been the official event partner since 2001, the biennial offshore race standing as testament to the Swiss watchmaker’s 60 year romance with the sport of yachting.

A version of this article was first published on Yacht Style.

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