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2019 Rolex Fastnet Race
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2019
The next Fastnet Campaign will be March – August 2019
Change of Date – The ROLEX Fastnet Race 2019 now starts Saturday August 3rd 2019
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 is one of the world’s most exciting and prestigious races. This is your chance to compete in over 1200 miles of offshore racing including three qualifying races and the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019. Places are open to all abilities from first timers to experienced Yachtmasters although for beginners we do recommend that you take the RYA Competent Crew before the campaign begins. As a sailing school entry we will train you during the training weekends and qualifying races enabling you to play a full part in crewing in the race.
The biennial Rolex Fastnet Race is considered one of the world’s classic ocean races, the 608-mile course a test for skippers and crews with its tricky tidal currents and changeable weather conditions. The race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, with the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth will start at 10.00am on Saturday 3rd August, off Cowes, Isle of Wight.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s classic event will attract in the region of 350 yachts in 2019. The course will take the large fleet South west down the Solent, past the Needles and out into the English Channel. The headlands along the South Coast of England – Anvil Point, Portland Bill, Start Point, The Lizard, Lands End – must each be weathered on the way to open ocean and the leg North West to the Fastnet Rock with it’s mythical lighthouse. The return leg to Plymouth, via Bishop Rock Lighthouse on the South side of the Scilly Isles, is just as demanding, as fatigue combined with the fine tuning of race tactics to defeat the competition over the finishing line add to the drama.
Like no other race the Rolex Fastnet Race attracts every type of sailor and boat from just about every sailing country in the world. Sailing schools, corporate institutions, family owned and crewed cruiser-racers, dedicated amateurs, club sailors along with the hardened champions from the Grand Prix circuits, are all attracted to compete in the best known offshore race in the world. All come to enjoy the challenge of one of the trickiest and most demanding sporting events that an individual or a team can aspire to today.
Emerald Star is a 10 berth Bavaria 44 and has competed in several Fastnet Race campaign. She is a comfortable cruising yacht with proven offshore racing capabilities and almost identical to her sister ship Emerald Star who has also raced in the Fastnet Race. There will be a maximum of 8 crew and professional skipper on board. For each of the races a watch system will be set up with a watch leader on each watch. This will enable all crew to take an active role in crewing the yacht whilst also ensuring that everyone has plenty of rest.
Places are open to anyone from novice sailors to experienced Yachtmasters as full training is provided in all aspects of racing. Just to be sure you have a basic grounding in sailing, we do ask for a minimum of Competent Crew prior to racing. Although competitive within our class our aim is to provide the opportunity for crew to experience and be part of one of the most exciting bi annual offshore race campaigns. Safety of both vessel and crew is paramount, you will race on a RYA training yacht coded by the MCA and enhanced for racing to the RORC specification with an experienced RYA instructor as skipper.
The 2019 Fastnet Campaign includes:
Training and qualifying races:
Sea Survival and ISAF
Training Weekend 1
March 23rd - 24th 2019
Training Weekend 2
April 13th - 14th 2019
De Guingand Bowl
June 8th - 9th 2019
Start June 21st 2019
St Malo Race
Start July 12th 2019
2019 Fastnet Race
Starts Cowes - Saturday August 3rd 2019
Commodore Yachting are entering a Bavaria 44 Adelaide Star in the race.
2 practical training weekends
1 shorebased training weekend – Sea Safety and ISAF
3 qualifying races
2019 Fastnet Race
Accommodation on board the yacht including meals, drinks and snacks
Race entry fees
All yacht expenses (berthing, fuel, professional yacht skipper)
Free hire of wet weather gear if required
Commodore Yachting Team Fastnet 2019 shirt
There will be 4 offshore races in total unlike many establishments who are including 5 races in a more expensive package, making our campaign affordable as well as easier to fit into a busy schedule.
Experience Qualification for Fastnet
The skipper and at least half the crew must have competed in the yacht in which they will race the Fastnet, in the 12 months preceding the Fastnet start:
300 miles of RORC offshore racing, or if the yacht is normally kept in a place without reasonable access to RORC racing:
One RORC offshore race plus offshore racing or a nonstop passage making a total of at least 300 miles, or
Other qualifications similar to (2) above to be proposed to and agreed by RORC by Friday 6th July 2019.
When plans to qualify as above cannot be completed (e.g. a race becalmed) or in exceptional circumstances, alternative proposals must be made to RORC as soon as possible.
A service yacht may qualify as above or submit written authority from her service establishment.
The acceptance by RORC of any experience qualification does not warrant suitability for the Fastnet race.
You will need to consider the expense of purchasing safety equipment required by RORC. We are awaiting instructions but it is likely that you will need to purchase your own man overboard tracker.
Fastnet Training Qualification
It is the skipper’s responsibility to ensure that at least two people on each yacht have a certificate/letter of attendance, from a recognised establishment, on completion of the following: