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5th July 2024 to 7th July 2024

RORC Racing – St Malo (Cowes-Dinard-St Malo) Race

From £549 per person

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The 151-NM RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo race is a strategic highlight in the RORC program. If you're eager to contribute to a competitive team, we'd love to hear from you. Note: Departs from & returns to Hamble.

Suited to
Individuals, Couples, Groups
No previous experience needed
Nights onboard
Vessel type
Beneteau First 40
Vessel length
Professional Race Skipper
8 crew plus skipper and mate
Berth Style
Single berths
Insurance Required

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

RORC St Malo: 5 - 7 July 2024

Price: £549 per person

Each 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.

The RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo race is one of the jewels in the RORC programme, the 151-mile race being one of the oldest, pre-dating the Club itself. Before World War I it was run by the Club Nautique de la Rance in Dinard and raced to St Malo. The RORC was invited to run the race in 1929 and still present the magnificent trophy donated by King Edward VII in 1906 for IRC Overall. As competitors increasingly chose to moor in St Malo’s Bassin Vaubin upon finishing, so the race management followed and in 1978 the name was changed to reflect this. As befits its legacy, this race remains one of the most popular in the programme.

Starting from the RYS line in Cowes, the fleet leaves the Solent for the Channel crossing, keeping east of the Casquets TSS and the Channel Islands of Les Hanois and Alderney. Heading south to St Malo, they finish under the imposing ramparts of the walled city. Here the Société Nautique de la Baie de St Malo warmly welcomes crews who can then enjoy the best of the old town, filled with bustling restaurants and bars, over what is normally the Bastille Day weekend celebrations. There will be the usual list of trophies at stake, led by the King Edward VII Trophy for IRC Overall, which in 2023 was won by Christian Zugel’s VO70 Tschüss 2. It was a remarkable race for the former Rolex Fastnet Race winner, as in the process she scored ‘the triple’, also winning line honours and setting a new course record of 10 hours 56 minutes 18 seconds.

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.

RORC St Malo

Cowes – St Malo 2024

Meet Thursday 4th July at 7pm, Start Fri morning 5th July, Expect return Monday morning 8th July

  • 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


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

RORC St Malo

The St Malo Race is a 160nm race from Cowes, across the English Channel, past the Channel Islands and over to St Malo. It is tactically challenging with multiple tidal gates and busy shipping lanes to deal with. Time permitting, we’ll stop in St Malo or the Channel Islands after the race for a meal and then enjoy a cruise home to Hamble.

We’ll meet at 7pm on the Thursday evening, the start is Friday morning. We usually finish around Saturday lunchtime and head home on Sunday, arriving back early on Monday morning.

Dates: 5th – 7th July 2024


St Malo

RORC St Malo

Cowes – St Malo 2024

Meet Thursday 4th July at 7pm, Start Fri morning 5th July, Expect return Monday morning 8th July


Deck Trainers/Non-marking sports trainers

Trainer Socks and Shoe Spray


Sailing/Sports Shorts

We recommend against jeans


Tech Top/Sports Top

Fleece/Soft Shell Jacket


Fingerless Gloves



Top Layers:

Waterproof trousers/salopettes

Sailing Jacket




Multi Tool

Electrical Tape

Knee Pads



Insect Repellant

Water Bottle

Waterproof Phone Case

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