Rolex Fastnet Race 2019

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019

The Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 is one of the most famous offshore yacht races in the RORC calendar. Starting in Cowes it races to the Fastnet Lighthouse and finishes in Plymouth.

Fastnet Race

This is a prestigious event and an experience of a lifetime.

Take part on our fully race-prepared Sigma 38’s and race in a true one-design Class.

We intend to race two Sigma 38’s against each other, whilst training and racing.  One yacht is a Ladies only, versus a mixed Gents/Ladies yacht.

Rolex Fastnet Race Package

Equinox Sailing have put together a comprehensive Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 package which includes 4 qualifying offshore races and 3 training weekends, 2 on the water and the ISAF Offshore Safety course and an RYA First Aid course. This will give each crew member over 1,500 nautical miles of offshore racing and training. We believe that it is one of the most complete packages available, aimed at building your sailing experience, confidence and speed.

The crew must compete in a minimum of 300 nm offshore racing prior to the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019. We will be competing in 4 RORC races prior to the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 allowing everyone to gain the required mileage. The Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 is not a race for beginners, but with the training and qualifying races included in our package you will have the experience necessary not only to compete in this classic offshore race but to excel in it.

We aim to minimise the days of leave you need to take, by maximising use of bank holidays and weekends.  This package will take 4-6 days of weekday holiday, including the Fastnet race.

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Included in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 package

  • 2 training weekends including match racing.
  • 4 RORC offshore qualifying races (including both May Bank Holiday w/e)
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2019
  • ISAF/RYA Offshore Safety and Sea Survival Course
  • RYA First Aid course
  • All safety equipment
  • All food on-board, mooring fees and fuel
  • Evening navigation, strategy and tactical planning workshops in London
  • Team Shirts & T-shirts

Package price £3,950. Early bird price £3600 (booking and £800 deposit paid before 1 Dec 2018), balance of fees due by 31 Mar 2019.
Phased payment plan available

Training Weekend 1 – April 27 & 28 2019

Boat familiarisation
Safety and MOB procedures
Crew roles
Sail trim
Reefing
Sail changes
Spinnaker hoist, drop, gybe

Training Weekend 2 –  May 11 & 12 2019

Problem solving
Sail trim
Helming techniques
Poleing out a head sail
Spinnaker peel
Work on crew strengths and weaknesses

4-6 May 2019 RORC Cowes Le Havre – Cowes to Le Havre 110-150NM

Join the boat on Friday evening for a start on Saturday. A race around to LeHavre – practising the start at Cowes, then racing across the Channel.

25-27 May 2019 RORC Myth of Malham – Cowes to Eddystone rock  230NM

Join the boat on Friday evening for a start on Saturday. A race around the Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth and back.  This races follows the same course as the start of the Fastnet Race allowing us to hone our tactics and navigation along the South Coast.

12-15 July 2019 RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race – 185NM

Join the boat on Thursday evening for a start on Friday. A 24-36 hour race to St Malo, with the boat returning Sunday.

27-28 July 2019 RORC Channel Race – 120-150 NM Approx

Join the boat on Friday evening for a start on Saturday morning. A 24-36 hour race in the Channel, the course is set depending on the tides and weather.

ISAF/RYA Offshore Safety and Sea Survival course – 6 & 7 April 2019

This weekend combines two courses-
RYA Sea Survival and ISAF Offshore Safety

RYA First Aid course – Feb and Mar 2019 (dates tbc)

This one day course is not a formal pre-requisite but Equinox believes it makes great sense

London preparation workshops – 6 Feb, 27 Feb, 26 Mar and 10 Apr 2019

We are planning 4 midweek evening workshops in Smithfield (London) for the crews to meet each other, discuss the race, prepare navigation materials etc.

3-7 August  Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 608NM

Join the boat on Friday afternoon to prepare and stock the boat for the start on Saturday late morning. The Race will last 4-5 days taking us past Lands End, across the Celtic Sea, around the Fastnet Lighthouse and back around the Scilly Isles to Plymouth for a party and a well deserved sleep.

Please contact us for more information or to register your interest.

To book

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Why not read a recent Rolex Fastnet Race report?

To learn some interesting facts about the Rolex Fastnet Race visit our facts & stats page.