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4th May 2024 to 6th May 2024

RORC Racing – Myth of Malham Race

From £499 per person

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The RORC Myth of the Malham race, a challenging 235-mile course, mirrors the Fastnet route to the Eddystone Lighthouse near Plymouth. Competitors then turn for the homeward leg, finishing back in the Solent.
Clear
Suited to
Individuals, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience needed
Nights onboard
2
Vessel type
Beneteau First 40
Vessel length
40ft
Skipper
Professional Race Skipper
Crew
8 crew plus skipper and mate
Berth Style
Single berths
Insurance Required
Yes

If you are looking for a weekend of adventure and challenge – the RORC offshore races are perfect for you!

RORC Myth of Malham: 4th - 6th May 2024

Price: £499 per person

Each RORC race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and follows a different course, with its own set of challenges, so every race is a new adventure. With well-maintained racing yachts and top racing skippers, some fantastic results have been secured in the RORC offshore races over the past few years – and if you’re looking to actively contribute to a competitive team, to help continue this winning trend – then we’d love to hear from you.

The RORC Myth of the Malham race is also referred to as the Eddystone Race as the course takes you West around the Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth and back. Known these days as a good opportunity to hone tactics for the first leg of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Myth of Malham is one of the most challenging and longest races in the domestic season.

The first 100 miles of the 235-mile course, starting from the RYS line, mirrors that of the Fastnet, as far as the Eddystone Lighthouse south of Plymouth where competitors must turn for the homeward leg to finish in the Solent. The greatest demands of this course are tackling multiple and complex tidal gates along the south coast’s notorious headlands.

The race is named for one of the Club’s most celebrated yachts; Myth of Malham was twice winner of the Fastnet Race in 1947 and 1949, and part of the British winning Admiral’s Cup team in 1957. In 1945, whilst he was serving in Australia, the owner of Myth of Malham was invited on a cruise from Sydney to Hobart; he suggested it should be a race instead and so the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was born.

A record 147 yachts entered a relatively light winds Myth of Malham in 2023. It was won, after a tense battle with RORC Commodore James Neville’s Ino Noir, by Eric de Turckheim’s NMD 54 Teasing Machine. Due to demands of the programme this year, the Myth of Malham is moving back to the early May Bank Holiday slot in 2024.

RORC Myth of Malham

Cowes – Eddystone Lighthouse – Solent

Start Saturday, May 4th off Cowes, Time: First Warning Signal at 0850. (Join boat May 3rd)

Expected finish mid-morning Monday, May 6th

(note – a different weekend to the usual Myth of Malham dates!)

  • Race entry and mooring fees
  • Racing program as outlined above
  • Professional racing skipper and mate
  • Accommodation on board
  • Food whilst racing or training
  • Transport to the yacht
  • Meals ashore when not racing or training (breakfast & dinner)
  • Sailing gear
  • Personal insurance

INFORMATION

Experience all the adventures of offshore RORC racing in the following weekend events.

RORC Myth of Malham (Eddystone) Race

The RORC Myth of the Malham race is also referred to as the Eddystone Race as the course takes you West around the Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth and back. One of the longer weekend RORC races at 235nM, this is a non-stop thrill ride. Typically, it is upwind to the lighthouse and a downhill spinnaker run back.

The race starts, from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, on Saturday morning; with the First Warning Signal at 0850. As the yacht is based in the Hamble you will need to join on Friday evening. for a crew get-together and yacht prep before the race start. The race usually takes 2 days, so you can expect to return to Hamble mid-morning on Monday.

Dates:  4th – 6th May 2024

The yacht will be based out of the river Hamble located close to Southampton which has excellent road, rail & air connections. The nearest airport being Southampton airport. Heathrow & Gatwick airports are approx. 3hrs distance by road. We would recommend taking a taxi rather than the train from Southampton to Hamble.

The yacht will be based out of the river Hamble located close to Southampton which has excellent road, rail & air connections. The nearest airport being Southampton airport. Heathrow & Gatwick airports are approx. 3hrs distance by road. We would recommend taking a taxi rather than the train from Hamble to Southampton.

RORC Myth of Malham

Cowes – Eddystone Lighthouse – Solent

Start Saturday, May 4th off Cowes, Time: First Warning Signal at 0850. (Join boat May 3rd)

Expected finish mid-morning Monday, May 6th

(note – a different weekend to the usual Myth of Malham dates!)

Footwear:

Deck Trainers/Sports trainers with non-marking soles

Trainer Socks

Legwear:

Sailing/Sports Shorts

Quick-drying materials are best so we recommend against wearing jeans

Top:

Tech Top/Sports Top

Fleece/Soft Shell Jacket

Hands:

Fingerless Gloves

Headwear:

Cap/SunHat

Top Layers:

Waterproof trousers/salopettes

Sailing Jacket

Accessories:

Watch

Sunglasses

Multi-tool

Electrical tape

Knee pads

Other:

Suncream

Insect repellant

Water bottle

Waterproof phone case

Remember to bring a sleeping bag for those trips that involve overnight stays on the boat