Less than 24-hours after the Rolex Fastnet online entry system opened, the Royal Ocean Racing Club confirmed that the 300-boat entry quota had been filled.
This sets a new record previously held by the last race in 2011 when the limit was reached after 10 days.
Henny Abbenhues' First 42s7, Blondie was the first boat to enter, only seven seconds after entries opened.
The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is open to both monohull and multihull sailing yachts and has been an established event since 1925. After the event quota filled up after 10 days in 2011, the speed of entries this year highlights the events popularity.
The 608-nautical mile race is a test of strategy and skill with crews encountering challenging tidal currents and changeable weather. The fleet starts from the renowned Royal Yacht Squadron off Cowes in Great Britain, races out of The Solent and westward down the English Channel before crossing the often tempestuous Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, and then returning on a reciprocal course to the finish off Plymouth.
Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager confirmed, "It's been an astonishing 24 hours with the 300 boat entry limit for the Rolex Fastnet Race being reached in record time. We are delighted that the race is so popular and that the places have once again been taken up faster than ever before."
All is not necessarily lost for boats who have not been so quick off the mark to enter, as a waiting list can be joined at: http://remus.rorc.org.