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Volvo 65 Sisi: Rolex Fastnet Race 2023

Join the crew of  Volvo 65 "Sisi" for the awesome Rolex Fastnet Race 2023.

Join the crew onboard a legendary yacht and battle it out for line honours. You’ll sail shoulder to shoulder with the Austrian Ocean Race Project’s core team, to push the boat to its limit around the iconic 695NM racecourse.

As part of the crew, you'll be fully involved in both the preparation and racing of the yacht. There's no paying to be "just rail meat" here. All crew members will have the chance to try every role onboard, from nav to helming to tactics to bow and - everyone's favourite - sail trim!

Suited to
Solo, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Challenging - some sailing experience and a good level of fitness required
Vessel type
Volvo 65
Vessel length
65ft
Skipper
Yes
Crew
4 professional + 14 guest crew
Berth Style
These are race yachts, so no airs and graces. Berths are hot bunking.
Insurance Required
Yes

The Rolex Fastnet Race

Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 Course

The Rolex Fastnet Race is a world-renowned offshore yacht race that takes place every two years in the United Kingdom. It is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and attracts some of the best sailors and yachts from around the world. The race typically starts in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and in 2021, the finish line moved from Plymouth, UK to Cherbourg, France. The race is known for its challenging conditions, with sailors having to navigate around the Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland before heading back to England. Over the years, the race has seen many exciting finishes and has established itself as one of the premier offshore yacht races in the world. With 2023 being the 50th edition of this offshore epic, the race committee are expecting it to be one to remember.

The Team


The Austrian Ocean Race Project is a young and ambitious team of international professional sailors. As an entrant into the Ocean Race 2023, the self-titled ‘new kids on the block’ are led by Dutch skipper Gerwin Jansen – an accomplished offshore racer with a highly competitive reputation. The team proved their pedigree by topping the podium in the opening stage of the Ocean Race Europe, beating many sailing legends and veterans. Their initial success has been followed by a run of top results in offshore regattas across Europe. This Fastnet campaign will be their first event back after the legendary Ocean Race.

The Campaign

In 2021, we were the first corinthian team to cross the finish line, so we’re heading out on the water in 2023 to replicate this success. Our Rolex Fastnet Race Campaign starts in Vigo, Spain. For those wanting to extend their experience onboard, we’re offering an optional extra to join the crew in Genoa, Italy adding an extra 1,300NM to this epic experience.

Vigo to Gosport Qualifying Passage – 640NM

14 – 17/18 July 2023

All members of the Fastnet crew will come onboard for this passage as the official qualifying passage starts. It’s required that the crew has at least 300NM under their belt before the Fastnet race. From Vigo, you will head towards the UK crossing the epic Biscay Bay and into the English channel with overnight sailing and watch systems. During the passage, the professional crew will teach you all that you need to know about how to sail a VO65, including boat handling, manoeuvring, sail changes and crew management.

Race Coaching

18 – 20 July 2023

After your epic blast across Biscay and into the Solent, we will stop over in Gosport, UK, for some additional training. This is when the professional crew will refine the skills learnt on passage from Vigo and turn you from an ocean sailor to an ocean racer! Please note that accommodation isn’t provided whilst ashore here and you would be wanting your own bed at this point.

Preparation Day

21 July 2023

On this day, there won’t be any sailing. Instead, it’s time to prepare the boat for the race, pour over weather data and make sure we’re all ready for the big race ahead.

Rolex Fastnet Race Start

22 July 2023

Starting on 22 July 2023, the race will take us through The Needles Channel and will follow the southern coastline of England, westward down the English Channel, before rounding Land’s End. After crossing the Celtic Sea, the race rounds the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland.

Race Finish

Skirting around the Ushant TSS, it’s time to head to the port of Cherbourg for the finish, with around 695NM of some of the most exciting offshore yacht racing under the keel. The estimated race finish is 26 July 2023 however, this could vary due to weather conditions.

The Fastnet has got to be on every sailor’s bucket list as it challenges our inshore and offshore skills.

Optional Extra

Genoa, Italy to Vigo, Spain Passage – 1300 NM

Join crew on 06 July – Arrive in Vigo on 11 July 2023 (arrival date might vary due to weather conditions)

Join the awesome Volvo 65, Sisi from Genoa, fresh from the Ocean Race itself! We plan on blasting through the Med with other Volvo 65s & 70s for the Fastnet start. Passing Gibraltor to the next destination Vigo to join the rest of the Fastnet crew for the qualifying passage for the Fastnet. Whilst on the passage, get to grips with the boat by changing roles throughout and, getting to know your crew members and benchmarking against other Volvo 70s & 65s. On arrival in Vigo, the boat will be gutted, cleaned and prepped ready for the next passage so onboard accommodation whilst in port won’t be available.

Please Note

Travel plans for sailing can be affected by a number of factors that are out of our control, such as weather conditions, mechanical problems with the boat, and the availability of marinas and other resources. In some cases, these factors can cause delays or changes to the route, forcing sailors to alter their plans and adapt to the situation. Regardless of the specific circumstances, it’s important for sailors to remain flexible and prepared for the possibility of changes to their travel plans.

 

Trust Protects

Kraken Travel is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with the current ”The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations ” for all passengers booking with Kraken Travel we provide full financial protection for our package holidays which don’t include flights, by way of the TMTProtects.me Scheme, operated by Trust My Travel, The Cedars, New Road, Ryhall, Rutland, England, PE9 4HL. For more details please go to trustprotects.me, email [email protected] or telephone our customer service line on +44 1780408141.

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  • Food & drink whilst on-board
  • Branded team kit to keep
  • Travel to or from the boats
  • Food ashore
  • Accommodation whilst ashore
  • RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course

The Volvo 65


Drawn at Farr Yacht Design in the USA especially for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 (now the Ocean Race), the strict one-design Vo65 replaced its predecessor, the Vo70. Every Vo65 is structurally identical down to the smallest detail. Same hull, same rig, same sails, same opportunities. This produced some of the closest racing the Ocean Race has ever seen.

As with its predecessor, the basic concept is a planing hull with a wide stern, double rudders, sharp edges and a swivel keel. The reverse bow is new. It extends the waterline and reduces the pounding in short waves, but provides plenty of spray on deck. The lateral plan has also been revised. The Vo65 dispenses with an angle of attack of the swords and instead relies on a lift profile to counteract the drift.

The rig is made by the New Zealand manufacturer Southern Spars. Southern Spars has a closely related history with The Ocean Race. They have been equipping the most successful teams for 25 years and were pioneers with the carbon mast in the 90s.

The entire set of sails is produced by North Sails. The 3Di technology patented by North Sails is also used in the Vo65. The sails are made from RAW760 Ultra PE / Aramid.

RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course

Although to qualify for the Rolex Fastnet Race, only 30% of the crew must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations within 5 years of the start of the race; we highly recommend that all crew members take an appropriate sea survival course before joining the crew. While we don’t provide this course ourselves, our team of yacht racing specialists can recommend some trusted providers.

Trust Protects

Kraken Travel is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with the current ”The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations ” for all passengers booking with Kraken Travel we provide full financial protection for our package holidays which don’t include flights, by way of the TMTProtects.me Scheme, operated by Trust My Travel, The Cedars, New Road, Ryhall, Rutland, England, PE9 4HL. For more details please go to trustprotects.me, email [email protected] or telephone our customer service line on +44 1780408141.

Vigo, Spain - Vigo Airport or Genoa - Genoa City Airport

Cherbourg, France or UK mainland. This has yet TBC.

The Rolex Fastnet Race

Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 Course

The Rolex Fastnet Race is a world-renowned offshore yacht race that takes place every two years in the United Kingdom. It is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and attracts some of the best sailors and yachts from around the world. The race typically starts in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and in 2021, the finish line moved from Plymouth, UK to Cherbourg, France. The race is known for its challenging conditions, with sailors having to navigate around the Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland before heading back to England. Over the years, the race has seen many exciting finishes and has established itself as one of the premier offshore yacht races in the world. With 2023 being the 50th edition of this offshore epic, the race committee are expecting it to be one to remember.

The Team


The Austrian Ocean Race Project is a young and ambitious team of international professional sailors. As an entrant into the Ocean Race 2023, the self-titled ‘new kids on the block’ are led by Dutch skipper Gerwin Jansen – an accomplished offshore racer with a highly competitive reputation. The team proved their pedigree by topping the podium in the opening stage of the Ocean Race Europe, beating many sailing legends and veterans. Their initial success has been followed by a run of top results in offshore regattas across Europe. This Fastnet campaign will be their first event back after the legendary Ocean Race.

The Campaign

In 2021, we were the first corinthian team to cross the finish line, so we’re heading out on the water in 2023 to replicate this success. Our Rolex Fastnet Race Campaign starts in Vigo, Spain. For those wanting to extend their experience onboard, we’re offering an optional extra to join the crew in Genoa, Italy adding an extra 1,300NM to this epic experience.

Vigo to Gosport Qualifying Passage – 640NM

14 – 17/18 July 2023

All members of the Fastnet crew will come onboard for this passage as the official qualifying passage starts. It’s required that the crew has at least 300NM under their belt before the Fastnet race. From Vigo, you will head towards the UK crossing the epic Biscay Bay and into the English channel with overnight sailing and watch systems. During the passage, the professional crew will teach you all that you need to know about how to sail a VO65, including boat handling, manoeuvring, sail changes and crew management.

Race Coaching

18 – 20 July 2023

After your epic blast across Biscay and into the Solent, we will stop over in Gosport, UK, for some additional training. This is when the professional crew will refine the skills learnt on passage from Vigo and turn you from an ocean sailor to an ocean racer! Please note that accommodation isn’t provided whilst ashore here and you would be wanting your own bed at this point.

Preparation Day

21 July 2023

On this day, there won’t be any sailing. Instead, it’s time to prepare the boat for the race, pour over weather data and make sure we’re all ready for the big race ahead.

Rolex Fastnet Race Start

22 July 2023

Starting on 22 July 2023, the race will take us through The Needles Channel and will follow the southern coastline of England, westward down the English Channel, before rounding Land’s End. After crossing the Celtic Sea, the race rounds the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland.

Race Finish

Skirting around the Ushant TSS, it’s time to head to the port of Cherbourg for the finish, with around 695NM of some of the most exciting offshore yacht racing under the keel. The estimated race finish is 26 July 2023 however, this could vary due to weather conditions.

The Fastnet has got to be on every sailor’s bucket list as it challenges our inshore and offshore skills.

Optional Extra

Genoa, Italy to Vigo, Spain Passage – 1300 NM

Join crew on 06 July – Arrive in Vigo on 11 July 2023 (arrival date might vary due to weather conditions)

Join the awesome Volvo 65, Sisi from Genoa, fresh from the Ocean Race itself! We plan on blasting through the Med with other Volvo 65s & 70s for the Fastnet start. Passing Gibraltor to the next destination Vigo to join the rest of the Fastnet crew for the qualifying passage for the Fastnet. Whilst on the passage, get to grips with the boat by changing roles throughout and, getting to know your crew members and benchmarking against other Volvo 70s & 65s. On arrival in Vigo, the boat will be gutted, cleaned and prepped ready for the next passage so onboard accommodation whilst in port won’t be available.

Please Note

Travel plans for sailing can be affected by a number of factors that are out of our control, such as weather conditions, mechanical problems with the boat, and the availability of marinas and other resources. In some cases, these factors can cause delays or changes to the route, forcing sailors to alter their plans and adapt to the situation. Regardless of the specific circumstances, it’s important for sailors to remain flexible and prepared for the possibility of changes to their travel plans.

 

Trust Protects

Kraken Travel is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with the current ”The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations ” for all passengers booking with Kraken Travel we provide full financial protection for our package holidays which don’t include flights, by way of the TMTProtects.me Scheme, operated by Trust My Travel, The Cedars, New Road, Ryhall, Rutland, England, PE9 4HL. For more details please go to trustprotects.me, email [email protected] or telephone our customer service line on +44 1780408141.

Clothes

Please use a sea bag or a foldable bag. Suitcases are too bulky on board and difficult to stow away.

• Boat shoes (closed and anti-slip – please make sure that the sole does not rub off)
• Sailing boots
• Sailing pants
• Oilskin (waterproof jacket and trousers)
• Fleece jacket or pullover (at sea, it also gets cold at night in summer)
• Thermal underwear
• Hat and cap
• Scarf (optional)
• Sunglasses
• Swimwear
• Sailing gloves
• Underwear
• Clothes for on land

Hygiene/Health

• Sunscreen (no suntan oil!)
• After-sun lotion
• Lip balm (with and without UV-protection)
• Toiletries
• Shower gel and shampoo (if possible biodegradable)
• Personal medication
• Remedies against seasickness
• Sleeping bag
• Earplugs/sleeping mask (optional – it is quite loud under deck)
• Towel
• Small pillow

Safety equipment

• Sailing knife/ Leatherman (if you have one)

• Headlamp (waterproof and red light function, spare batteries)