The race left Douarnenez a Sunday, the day after the prologue. Leaving the Basse Vieille buoy starboard, the fleet heads towards the Pointe St Matthieu and the Chenal du Four to find NE of Ushant traffic separation scheme (TSS).
The Channel crossing by night brings the competitors in the morning at Point of Cornwall where they will navigate between the Wolf Rock lighthouse and Land’s End. The Irish Sea then opens to them with the goal being the Fastnet Rock. This lighthouse County Cork has become a landmark destination for offshore racing for many years and one of the most famous lighthouses in the world.
Built in 1904, it has a height of 54 meters, a range of 27 miles and was automated in 1989. The light characteristic is with a white flash every 5 seconds and he was also nicknamed “The Teardrop of Ireland”, their last appearance Island for immigrants en route to the new world.
Return to Douarnenez can then engage with often downwind conditions allowing better speeds. Ushant and its archipelago are to leave the port side and the Basse Vieille sometimes to end a game in Bay of Douarnenez before the finish line.