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
Trainers / deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)
Waterproof sailing kit
Sailing gloves – 2 sets
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
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require