We recently shared a post about two of our female competitors in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019.
Now, with less than a month to go, it’s time to meet the rest of the crews taking part in the race with LV Yachting!


Phan - St MaartenThe Ocean Challenge Yacht Club combines a Polish sailing legacy with current racing projects. Established in 2014 by Przemyslaw Tarnacki and his father Bronislaw, the club is made up of top Polish sailing enterpreneurs and pro sailors. The Ocean Challenge Yacht Club has also founded one of the biggest regattas in Poland – the Sopot Match Race.

The Club participated in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on a rented Grand Mistral 80 and won the 2018 Giraglia Rolex Cup in ORC 0. Earlier this year, they joined us for the St Maarten Heineken Regatta on GP42 Phan and for the Fastnet they will be racing on Volvo 65 Ambersail2. Tarnacki will be joined by his 74-year-old father Bronislaw, who competed in the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74 aboard the Polish entry Copernicus and returns this year as a mark of respect following the infamous 1979 Rolex Fastnet Race, in which he also raced.


This team are mostly from Finland and Australia and bring various levels of experience with them.  Once a year they come together to compete in some of the most famous offshore races in the world.
Whilst some crew members have raced around the globe and some have sailed (and won) at Olympic level they also have active club level, one design racers.
Their main objective this year is to finish the race successfully, as they had to withdraw from their last two events, due to breakages. They intend to sail the best they can, whilst making sure everyone has a smile on their face!
“The Rolex Fastnet Race is a classic and has been on our bucket list for quite some time. To have the opportunity to take part in this race is very special to all of us and I am sure we’ll treasure every moment.”


For this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race Catherine and Patrick Keohane have chartered First 40 Sailplane. Their team are completing three qualifiers before the main event and the intention is to get as many of the race crew as possible to complete in these.

For the Fastnet race itself they are looking at both IRC 2 and the Performance 40 Class.

“If we can get in the top one third of our class, I would be very happy with our achievement”


Pata Negra is being crewed by a team from China for the Fastnet Race this year.

This team are good friends and have raced with us previously in the Round the Island Race and the Copa del Rey in 2018. China Sailing serves Chinese sailing enthusiasts and they organise Chinese team entries for international sailing events. This crew hope to finish three classic 600 mile offshore races. They have already raced in the 2017 Sydney Hobart Race and next year hope to enter the Newport Bermuda. Sailing is a fairly new sport to gain popularity in China and their main aims are to sail safely, and finish the race happily.

“The boat is great and we will try our best to achieve a good result”