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2017 Rolex Fastnet Race
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2017
The next Fastnet Campaign will be March – August 2017
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 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 2017. 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 Sunday 9th August, off Cowes, Isle of Wight.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s classic event will attract in the region of 350 yachts in 2017. 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 the 2013 Fastnet Race campaign. She is a comfortable cruising yacht with proven offshore racing capabilities and almost identical to her sister ship Adelaide Star, veteren of the Fastnet Race since 2013. 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. 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 2017 Fastnet Campaign includes:
Training and qualifying races:
Sea Survival and ISAF
May 20th - 21st
Training Weekend 1
March 18th - 19th
Training Weekend 2
April 22nd - 23rd
De Guingand Bowl
May 13th - 14th 2017
June 10th - 11th 2017
St Malo Race
July 7th - 9th 2017
2017 Fastnet Race
Starts Cowes - August 6th 2017
Commodore Yachting are entering a Bavaria 44 Adelaide Star in the race.
Emerald Star 10 berth Bavaria 44
2 practical training weekends
1 shorebased training weekend – Sea Safety and ISAF
3 qualifying races
2017 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 2017 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 2017.
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.
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: