Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 (package)


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An outstanding opportunity to take part in one of Britain’s best-loved yacht races. As exhilarating for experienced sailors as it is for outright beginners.

Our package includes pre-race training and qualifications, preparatory races and, of course, the momentous race from Cowes to Ireland’s teardrop and back to Plymouth. Book yourself on board – and fast. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint, so even though the big race starts in Cowes on 3rd August, training and qualifying events start as early as April!

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Trip Start: 03 August 2019

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Vessel Type

Volvo 70 “Kraken”  (ex-Telefonica Black from 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race)

Vessel Length



Yes + professional 1st and 2nd mates


Hot bunking in pipe cots.


Deposit and cancellation:

50% deposit required. Non-refundable.

See deposit and cancellations policy


  • 1x day Sea Survival Course
  • 1 x day ISAF Course
  • 2 x training weekends
  • 2 x qualifying RORC races            (there are a total of 4 qualifying races to choose from)
  • 1 x crew branded polo shirt
  • 1 x crew branded Musto jacket
  • Food and refreshments provisions whilst afloat
  • Professional Skipper and 2 Mates on board for all on water training and races.


  • Personal insurance
  • Travel to and from boat not included.

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

A good level of fitness recommended.


Getting there

Travel details tbc

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.


The Rolex Fastnet Race (package)

UK and Ireland

Start: 51°24N 9°36W

Fastnet Rock: 50°47N 1°18W

Finish: 50°21N 4°9W”

The Rolex Fastnet Race is the highlight of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) calendar. The bi-annual race has earned the reputation as one of the most demanding offshore races and is widely regarded as a must-do race for most sailors.

The race starts at Cowes and the fleet heads west out of the Solent, past the needles and along the south coast, before heading across the Irish Sea bound for the Fastnet Rock. Once around the rock, its back across the Irish Sea, leave the Scilly Isles to port and then race to the finish line at Plymouth.

The 608-mile Rolex Fastnet Race is a real test for skipper and crews, with its tricky tidal currents and changeable weather conditions. The race attracts entrants from all around the globe with a diverse entry ranging from the fastest grand prix race yachts to small cruiser racer family boats.

Whether you have raced before and want to use your skills to support the team, or have never sailed or raced before and are keen to learn, you will gain a great deal from the programme.

Qualifying races to choose from

Cervantes trophy – 04/05 May
Myth of Malham – 25/27 May
De Guigand Bowl – 08/09 June
Morgan Cup – 22/24 June
Cowes Dinard St Malo – 12/14 July

Not the package you’re looking for? We have access to many more yachts, so if none of these suit your needs or schedule, please do email and we’ll find you a package that fits.


Sailing boots

Trainers / deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit



Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

USB cord to charge your phone


Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife


Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require


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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“Highly recommended!”