Race the Rolex Fastnet on a classic yacht (package)

£3,950

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Be a Part of Something Amazing! The Rolex Fastnet Race is considered one of the top three offshore sailing yacht races on a par with the Sydney to Hobart and Rolex Middle Sea Race. On every sailor’s bucket list! This 600nm race is an incredible challenge and one that will test your endurance and skill. Join us on this classic Swan 55 yawl.

Trip Start: 5 August 2017

Trip End: Expect to finish around 12 August

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Swan 55 yawl

Vessel Length

55 feet

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Price is based on individual bookings with bunks allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If you would like a privately allocated cabin for up to 4 people, this can be arranged at a special price, just contact us for details.

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

£400 deposit required. Non refundable. Subject to operators cancellation policy.

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Included

  • Cat 0 Commercially survey yacht with all safety gear
  • Commercially endorsed skipper and mate
  • World class Race instruction
  • Accommodation (on yacht)
  • All meals
  • All race fees, berthing fees

Package races and dates

  • Training weekend (three days): 29th April – 1st May (Bank Holiday)
  • De Guingand Race: 1800 12th May-14th May
  • Myth of Malham Race: 1800 26th May – 29th May (Bank Holiday)
  • Channel Race: 1800 21st July – 23rd July
  • Fastnet Race: Arrive 5th August – 12th August approx. finish date

Additional

  • No alcohol on the boat.
  • Travel to and from boat not included.

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Travel details tbc

If it fits in better with your travel plans, you can spend the night before the start of your trip on board the boat by prior arrangement.

Getting back

Travel details tbc

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

The Rolex Fastnet Race (package)

UK and Ireland

Start: 51°24N 9°36W

Fastnet Rock: 50°47N 1°18W

Finish: 50°21N 4°9W”

Be a Part of Something Amazing! The Rolex Fastnet Race is considered one of the top three offshore sailing yacht races on a par with the Sydney to Hobart and Rolex Middle Sea Race. On every sailor’s bucket list! This 600nm race is an incredible challenge and one that will test your endurance and skill

Yacht Kira is a Swan 55ft yawl built in the seventies and widely considered as one of the best yachts to be built by Swan. Don’t let the age of this yacht fool you – she has completed a comprehensive refit and has brand new rigging including masts and all spars, new sails and the latest in instrumentation. She has been fully commercially surveyed by the MCA and has the highest category (Cat 0) a yacht can have giving her unlimited worldwide operation. As you would expect, safety is our priority and she carries the best in safety equipment which is all brand new at the start of 2017. You can really have your cake and eat it too. Safety, comfort and a yacht and team set up to be a serious contender for a podium finish.

Our ethos is for everyone to get involved and with our comprehensive training weekend and training races there is no way you will feel you are just  there for ballast to sit on the rail. Be prepared to trim, helm, navigate and be a full part of the racing crew.

We welcome experienced and novice sailors alike and our team is uniquely placed to develop and coach so you may start as a novice but you will finish as an offshore racer. In addition to our training we will require participants to complete the RYA Sea Survival course and the ISAF offshore safety course which we will be able to assist you with. We also recommend all participants to have a basic first aid certificate.

The team is committed to looking after you from your initial enquiry to making sure a cold beer awaits your arrival in Plymouth after the race finish. Our skipper Jim Dobie is a veteran Ocean racer – he has competed in four Sydney to Hobart yacht races achieving a podium finish in his division, skippered Uniquely Singapore in the 09-10 Clipper Round the World yacht race again with podium finishes including a win into New York, skippered the Fastnet race and many more offshore/inshore races. Not only an accomplished racer,  Jim is an RYA Yachtmaster examiner, Yachtmaster Instructor and RYA commercial Ocean Master and was the Chief Instructor for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the UK and Australia.  All of which means that not only are you in safe hands, you will also gain the finest instruction in racing.

We welcome experienced and novice sailors alike and our team is uniquely placed to develop and coach so you may start as a novice but you will finish as an offshore racer. In addition to our training we will require participants to complete the RYA Sea Survival course and the ISAF offshore safety course which we will be able to assist you with. We also recommend all participants to have a basic first aid certificate.

Campaign is as follows:

  • Training weekend (three days): 29th April – 1st May (Bank Holiday)
  • De Guingand Race: 1800 12th May-14th May
  • Myth of Malham Race: 1800 26th May – 29th May (Bank Holiday)
  • Channel Race: 1800 21st July – 23rd July
  • Fastnet Race: Arrive 5th August – 12th August approx. finish date

KIT LIST

Racing Kit list

Remember when racing it’s eat, sleep, and sail. You’ll nd out quickly there’s not much time for anything else so leave the books and magazines behind, unless it’s an ocean race then maybe one book. (If each person brings a book, that’s ten books!)

You should also bring two pairs of sunglasses, especially if you wear prescription ones. If you only bring one pair and you lose them, you’re handicapped for the rest of the race.

Of course, every race is different. Know your weather—an early year race event is going to be much colder than a summer one. Check the weather before you arrive! And, know yourself. If there’s something you need, like a second set of underwear, bring it. You’ll race better if you’re comfortable and feeling good. But if you can live without it, leave it at home.

Essentials:

  • Carry-on size, water-tight bag. No wheels so can be easily stowed
  • Sleeping bag – three seasons for colder months, two seasons for summer
  • 1 pair padded shorts
  • 1 set fleece underlayer
  • 1-2 pairs thick, breathable socks or seal socks
  • Rubber sailing wellies/boots, non-mark soles with good grip
  • Deck shoes
  • Warm hat/sun hat
  • Hoodie/ fleece
  • 1 long sleeve technical t-shirt
  • 1 short sleeve technical t-shirt
  • Mid-layer sailing jacket and trousers
  • Off-shore foul weather jacket and trousers
  • Gloves: one set for using with ropes and one set for helming (thicker and warmer)
  • Breathable underwear
  • 2 pairs sunglasses
  • Digital watch with light – something you won’t mind losing
  • Headlamp with red light
  • Tube of Chapstick,
  • Knife with a serrated edge purely for cutting away lines in an emergency – no need for a multi tool.
  • Small water-tight box for personal electronics and chargers
  • Small wash kit, think airplane sizeThis is the bare bones of what you will need.

For a weekend race you should come in at roughly 10 kilos, for the Fastnet race 15 kilos and an ocean race 20 kilos at the most! On most long races there is transport for shore clothes to the nish. Think what you would pack as carry on luggage for ying and you should be in the right limits.

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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