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Volvo 70: Green Dragon – Rolex Fastnet 2023 Race Campaign

From £5350 per person

Deposit 25%. Trip balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Join the crew of a race yacht for the world's most prestigious offshore yacht race.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Groups, Couples, Individuals
Difficulty
Some sailing experience required
Vessel type
Volvo Open 70 (this campaign could change onto Volvo 70: Monster Project, we will let you know if this happens)
Vessel length
70ft
Skipper
Yes
Crew
15 paying guests and 3/4 professional crew
Berth Style
Racing bunks
Insurance Required
Yes

Join the crew of a Volvo 70 race yacht to compete in a Rolex Fastnet Race campaign.

Price: £5,350 per person

Qualifying Race Campaign - 

Vigo to Gosport Qualifying Passage – 640NM
14 – 17/18 July 2023

Fastnet Race 2023

6 Days: 22 - 26 - 27 July 2023 (end date is estimated, depends on weather conditions)

Delivery Back to Cowes or Cherbourg (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.

Volvo 70: Green Dragon

Technical Info

The underwater ship was stripped down to its original hull filler in 2016 and rebuilt using Veneziani’s Speedy Carbonium. In 2018, she was repainted, had new hydro turf installed in the cockpit, and had a new mast installed. A new vinyl wrap was applied to her in 2019.

Race History

The team was captained by Ian Walker and finished the race in fifth place overall, scoring 63 points. The boat was designed by Reichel Pugh and built by McConaghy Boats.

The 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race was a yacht race held between 4 October 2008 and 27 June 2009—the 10th edition of the round the world Volvo Ocean Race.

Round Ireland Race 2022 – 2nd Line Honours

RORC Transatlantic 2021 – 1st Line Honours for monohull

The Campaign

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 VO70, 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 70, Green Dragon from Genoa. 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.

  • Race Entry and fees
  • Qualifying passage & Training Days
  • Sea Survival Course
  • Yacht Charter
  • Accommodation when sailing (shared cabins)
  • Meals at sea (self-service)
  • Certified Professional Skipper
  • Basic Training
  • Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
  • Mooring Fees
  • Insurance for the yacht
  • Lifejacket
  • Personal locating beacon
  • Branded kit
  • Travel to or from the boats
  • Food ashore
  • Shore-based accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Some sailing experience is required.
  • A good level of fitness recommended.

Vigo, Spain

Cowes, UK or Cherbourg, France - 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.

Volvo 70: Green Dragon

Technical Info

The underwater ship was stripped down to its original hull filler in 2016 and rebuilt using Veneziani’s Speedy Carbonium. In 2018, she was repainted, had new hydro turf installed in the cockpit, and had a new mast installed. A new vinyl wrap was applied to her in 2019.

Race History

The team was captained by Ian Walker and finished the race in fifth place overall, scoring 63 points. The boat was designed by Reichel Pugh and built by McConaghy Boats.

The 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race was a yacht race held between 4 October 2008 and 27 June 2009—the 10th edition of the round the world Volvo Ocean Race.

Round Ireland Race 2022 – 2nd Line Honours

RORC Transatlantic 2021 – 1st Line Honours for monohull

The Campaign

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 VO70, 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 70, Green Dragon from Genoa. 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.