• RORC Fastnet Campaign 2017
  • RORC Fastnet Campaign 2017

RORC Fastnet Campaign 2017

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  • Departure Cowes
  • Duration 25 days +
  • Month August
  • Grade

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Renowned as one of the yachting calendar's most exhilarating and toughest races.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) famous race takes a 609 mile course from Cowes on the Isle of Wight towards the Fastnet Rock off Southwest Ireland, before going round the rock and heading back to the finish line in Plymouth. This is a race with a lot of history and one that requires every ounce of each team members' energy and commitment in order to achieve a good result: when was the last time you really pushed yourself?

This Fastnet package includes more than simply entry into a standard race campaign; it is a full offshore race training campaign. With over 1,700 miles of offshore sailing, five offshore races and three training weekends, this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and accomplish personal goals whilst challenging yourself to the very limits.

This is not an opportunity for passengers to be able to say that they have taken part in the famous Fastnet regatta: as a team, you will be competing in one of the most demanding yacht races in the world and crew are needed who are ready for the challenge. You do not need to have a long sailing or racing background: team members must be enthusiastic, motivated and committed. Experience, qualifications and racing skills are not a pre-requisite. Full training is provided and keen team players of any ability are welcome. This is a campaign that combines fun with comprehensive learning and genuine racing knowledge.

We also offer whole boat charter for teams looking to hire an entire boat plus skipper.

This Operator first raced in the 2003 Fastnet race and went on to enter two teams in the 2005 race. In 2007, their Chief Instructor skippered a sailing school crew to victory with a win in class and the team was one of only 50 boats that finished (from 300 starters). More recently, in the 2011 campaign, one of their two entries was the best-placed sea school/charter yacht in class and their second entry was the second best placed sea school/charter yacht in her class, beating many full time race teams. They have refined their product over these previous campaigns and, after making a few tweaks following each campaign, continue to follow this proven formula.

The comprehensive Fastnet campaign consists of two days of shorebased training, six weekends of sail training and entry into pre-qualifying races between June and September (as well as the race week itself in August!) The campaign has been designed to allow crew to take part in all the events, whilst taking as little time off work as possible; training and most events take place over weekends.

As part of the Fastnet Campaign, you will have the chance to compete in five offshore races, including the RORC Morgan Cup, RORC St Malo race, RORC Channel Race, RORC Cherbourg Race and, of course, the RORC Fastnet Race itself. Many other sailing schools and charter companies include only two or three qualifying races as part of their Fastnet packages. By including five races in addition to the Fastnet, so that our teams will attain a RORC series result as well as a Fastnet Race result.

So, are you ready to come racing?

Two days shorebased training taken between now and the 2017 Fastnet race AND

Six weekends spread throughout June to September 2017 (two or three of these may be long weekends, i.e. three days) AND

A week in August

Each crew member will come to the campaign with different experience: we are not looking for a team of 'old hands' but would prefer a cross section of abilities and experience. You should, however, have:

A minimum of five days and two nights experience onboard a yacht
A minimum of 200 miles experience aboard a sailing yacht
A minimum of having crewed two sailing races (can be dinghy or yacht)
RYA Competent Crew or higher level certificate or equivalent experience
Commitment to the campaign and an eagerness to learn
All prospective crew must discuss their experience and ambitions with us before booking. It is important that we ensure you are making the right decision before you book on to this campaign.

Operating for over a decade from its base in the Solent, this company offers a great range of training, racing and mile-building voyages in the UK, and, if you prefer warmer climes- Europe and the Caribbean.

As a recognised RYA Training Centre, their ethos is to deliver the best possible training at a fair price. Their fleet of seven yachts is also available for skippered, bareboat, corporate and race charter in coastal, offshore and ocean environments.

Towards the beginning and end of the UK summer sailing season the operator moves one of its fleet around an Atlantic circuit in pursuit of classic yacht races and the prizes therein. This provides a great opportunity to choose from one of their mile-building delivery trips (and notch up an impressive entry in your personal logbook) or, from a temporary base in the Canary Islands, to enjoy a week’s inter-island sailing in sunshine and a good breeze.

Departing the Canaries, the programme then takes in the iconic transatlantic ARC Race to St Lucia in time for a warm winter of fine racing events in the Caribbean  – shorts and t-shirts at the ready! 

Their fleet comprises a range of typically 30’ – 43’ modern production cruising and cruiser-racer yachts providing mod cons and comfort as well as an out and out racing machine.

RATES £3,960

Exact dates are TBC once RORC release of the official 2017 race programme, but the Fastnet Race will be mid August.

Training Weekend One Meet the skipper and the rest of the crew on the Friday evening for a packed weekend. This is the chance for the crew to get to know each other and the yacht.

RORC Morgan Cup This is the first offshore race of the campaign and the destination is likely to be cross channel (start line is off Cowes on the Friday evening).  Return to Southampton by the Sunday afternoon.

RORC Cowes to St. Malo Race The second race of the campaign is also spread over a weekend and aside from the Fastnet Race is the longest course at 175 miles. This will require a day off work on the Friday. The return passage back to Southampton will almost double your mileage for the weekend.

Training Weekend Two With an evening seminar on the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to race training afloat, specifically looking at trim and boat speed. Accommodation is provided onboard.

RORC Channel Race Third race weekend of the campaign is the final time you sail together before the Fastnet Race itself. Crew meet on Friday evening, with race start on the Saturday morning, you will be back on Sunday. The race is likely to last beween 24 and 36 hours and will be around marks set offshore in the English Channel.

Training Weekend Three - ISAF Shorebased training weekend - (three or four courses a month, so choose a date that suits you). Life raft and sea survival training takes place in the pool on Saturday. Heavy weather tactics are covered on the Sunday morning and lessons learnt from the Fastnet and Sydney Hobart disasters are covered on Sunday afternoon. 

Fastnet Prep Day (5 August 2017) Crew meet Saturday morning for a day of final preparation with a crew meal ashore and early night before the big race.

RORC Fastnet Race (6-10 August 2017) The race starts Sunday from Cowes. 609 miles later you will have rounded the Fastnet Rock (Ireland) and fought your way to the finish line at Plymouth.

RORC Cherbourg Race While many teams will wrap their season up after the Fastnet Race the serious teams will continue their Campaign with this final race of the season. The fifth race is really intended to improve your points in the 2017 RORC series. 

*Please be aware that exact race dates and start times have not yet been annnounced by RORC.

Five Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Offshore races (1,700 miles minimum)*
Three training weekends (two afloat, one ashore, 200 miles minimum)
RYA Sea Survival Training and Certification
RYA ISAF Offshore Race Crew Training and Certification
Campaign Management
Experienced racing skipper and mate
Training from an Olympic coach
All meals, drinks and snacks onboard
All berthing fees
Race entry fees and onboard expenses (diesel, gas etc)
Free Parking at Shamrock Quay Marina ( Subject to terms & conditions )
Welcome dinner ashore at RSYC on the first evening
Team Polo Shirt
Team Fastnet Jacket
RORC Fastnet 2017 Polo Shirt

* Be aware that most other sailing school/charter companies only include two or three qualifying races plus the Fastnet Race. This does not allow their team to attain a reasonable result in the series as they will be a race or two short. By taking part in four races plus the Fastnet means you have a chance of a podium position in the RORC series result as well as a Fastnet race result.

Sailing boots/footwear
Wet weather gear (can be hired for £70 for the whole campaign)
Meals ashore (except the first evening, which is included)
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) - required
Return passage from Plymouth after the Fastnet Race


  • "This is a race with a lot of history and one that requires every ounce of each team members' energy and commitment in order to achieve a good result."


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