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, this 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.

Trip Start: August 2019

Trip End: Expect to finish four or five days later

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

DuFour 385 Grand Large (Gold Package)

Beneteau First 40 Carbon Edition (Platinum Package)

Vessel Length

38 / 40 feet

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Shared double cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

£500 deposit required. Non refundable.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Professional Skipper and First Mate
  • Food, fuel, race entry and mooring fees
  • Wet weather gear

Additional

  • 2019 Fastnet Race Provisional Package – Dates TBC
  • Training weekend 1 (ISAF) –
  • Training weekend 2 –
  • RORC North Sea Race –
  • Training weekend
  • RORC East Coast Race –
  • Race Training / delivery to Southampton –
  • Fastnet Race –
  • The Rolex Fastnet package is open to beginners and experienced sailors alike.
  • No alcohol on the boat.
  • Travel to and from boat not included.

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

A good level of fitness recommended.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

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.

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”

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.

The Fastnet package includes training sessions on the ISAF racing crew qualification, First Aid and Sea Survival certificates, a briefing day to allocate crews to boats, two practice sessions, two RORC qualifying races and the Fastnet race itself.

If you like to be part of a winning team and have the drive to achieve personal goals, the Fastnet Race is a challenge you cannot miss.

You are responsible for making your own transport arrangements as required for the programme. There may be opportunities to share travel costs with other crew members.

You would need approximately 10 days of annual leave to complete the trip.

2017 Fastnet Race Package – Provisional Dates

Training weekend 1 (ISAF) – 8 – 9 April

Training weekend 2 – 12 – 14 May

RORC North Sea Race -23 – 25 May (tbc)

Training weekend 3 – 2 – 4 June

RORC East Coast Race – 16 – 18 June (tbc)

Race Training / delivery to Southampton -28 – 30 July

Fastnet Race – Starts 6th August

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

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

Waterproof sailing kit

Hat

Balaklava

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

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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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