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Rolex Fastnet Race

Port of departure: Hamble, UK
3,037€ Per personFull boat
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The coordinator: Germaine, 38 years old

One of sailing’s most classic and prestigious events, Fastnet is known as one of the most demanding off shore races to be held in British waters. Taking place every two years, it pits the best racing sailors against each other in some of the trickiest sailing conditions imaginable.


First conceived way back in 1925 as a 608 nm challenge ending in Plymouth, 2021 will see the end point of the race move to Cherbourg, France, bringing this testing course up to nearly 700 nautical miles and the first major change to the course for nearly 100 years.


Seen by many veterans as a number of smaller races encompassed by one big race it has played a large role in the growth of offshore racing and it certainly will put all of your skills to the test.


Starting from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, around 300 boats pass the Needles, heading along the southern coast of England towards the Lizard then around the tip of Land’s End. From there it’s north through Celtic Sea waters towards the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. Once around the Rock, it’s back south wards, round the Scilly Isles then south east across the English Channel towards Cherbourg. During this time, sailors can face strong tidal flows, Traffic Separation Schemes and changeable weather, from gales to light winds, in their bid to win the race. Be prepared for anything, as this race will generally throw it all at you!


Due to its demanding reputation, there is strict entry criteria for Fastnet; the yacht and crew must have completed 300 miles in offshore racing, as a team, in the year prior to the race. With this in mind, three pre-races and two training weekends are included in the price.


The choice of pre-races are the De Guingand Bowl, the St Malo Race and the Channel race.

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Activity dedicated to
  • Regatta
  • Boat charter with skipper
  • Boat charter
  • Sailboat charter
Plan
Training Weekend 1- 15th and 6th of June- Training Weekend 1
With a 9000 start, you will be learning the ropes, over the two days you will get to know the boat and crew and start working as a team.
We recommend you arrive the day/night before, option to stay onboard overnight will be covid dependant

Training Weekend 2- 17th- 18th July Training Weekend 2
With a 9000 start, this will be a time to refine and improve your skills and the team.
We recommend you arrive the day/night before, option to stay onboard overnight will be covid dependant

Training Race Option 1- Sat 26th June 2021- De Guingand Bowl
The De Guingand Bowl is between 110-160 miles long, depending on the course route and is also based around the Isle of Wight and the Solent.
We recommend you arrive the day/night before, option to stay onboard overnight will be covid dependant

Training Race Option 2- Friday 9th July 2021- Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race
A 151 mile race from the Isle of Wight south to the coast of France.
We recommend you arrive the day/night before, option to stay onboard overnight will be covid dependant

Training Race Option 3- Saturday 24th July 2021- Channel Race
A 110- 160 mile race around the Isle of Wight and marks in the Solent.
We recommend you arrive the day/night before, option to stay onboard overnight will be covid dependant

Rolex Fastnet race - 8th-14th August
Please arrive the day/evening before option to stay onboard will be covid dependant
First warning will be a 1100 on sunday 8th of August from Hamble
Prize giving will take place on the 14th of August at 1700 in Cherbourg
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Included in the price
  • Final cleaning
  • Costs of mooring and anchoring
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Gas
  • Moorings
Not included in the price
  • Food and drink on land
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel to the boat
  • Parking
  • Flights
Additional information
Full joining instructions will be provided once booked, however, please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Price includes: Race Entry, Yacht Charter, Accommodation on board (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

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE: Airfares, Meals offboard, Transfers airport-marina-airport, Shore based accommodation, Wet gear, Personal insurance (we recommend Topsail). please see our website
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Itinerary
Hamble, UK
English Channel
Crew members
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Meet Germaine, the coordinator
38 years old · From London, UK
As an RYA Instructor Germaine enjoys passing on his experience to others and finding ways of sharing his passion for this sport with as many people as possible. This is what inspired him to create a not for profit organisation that gives people the opportunities that normally allude them. An excellent problem solver
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