Fastnet Prerequisites

Fastnet prerequisites

Wondering what you need to compete in the famous Fastnet race?

Firstly the Fastnet race is not a race for novices. The crew, and boat must be prepared for severe weather, large and confused seas, and strong winds. Whilst RORC welcomes first time competitors to this race, the emphasis is on proper preparation, planning and training.

This is reflected in the Fastnet prerequisites needed to compete in this 605 mile race.

  • At least 50% of the crew must have raced together in at least 300 miles of offshore racing within 12 months from the start of the race on the boat that they are racing on.
  • At least 30% of the crew must have completed the ISAF Offshore crew safety course after 1st January 2008, this is a 2 day course run by the RYA on behalf of ISAF, details of this course can be found on the RYA website.
  • At least one member of the crew must have first aid training or be a medical professional.

This is considered the minimum of requirements for the crew.  We suggest if you are taking part in the Fastnet race, to consider attending an ISAF Offshore crew safety course, and to gain a first aid qualification.  The RYA First Aid is designed to teach crew members basic lifesaving first aid and how to administer it in a limited spaced like a racing boat.

Want to know more about the history of the Fastnet race?  Below are links to the RORC website that have pulled together some information on the history of the Fastnet race.

The first Fastnet race

The early years of the Fastnet race

Advances in ocean racing and the famous 1979 Fastnet race

It all changed in 1999

Has this has whetted your appetite for offshore racing?

In 2013 there are 13 Sigma 38 Ocean One Design entered into the Fastnet race, making them one of the largest One Design Boats entered.  The Sigma 38 OOD was commissioned by RORC to compete in offshore races like the Fastnet and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

We don’t have any spaces left for this famous race but we do have a few spaces on individual RORC offshore races in 2013.

For more details please have a look at our offshore racing page or contact us for more information on how to join us.

Perhaps you are interested in a bigger challenge?

In 2014 we plan to enter the Round Britain and Ireland race on a 52 foot ultra-light displacement racing yacht.  For more details please go to our Round Britain and Ireland Race page on our website.

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