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Cowes Fireworks and Fastnet Race Start

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This extra special Weekend is a 2 day on the water experience aimed anyone keen to get out on the water.

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About This Course

Experience the start of the 2017 Fastnet race with Commodore Yachting on an unforgettable Solent  Sailing Weekend.

Friday 4th August (1800 hrs) – Sunday 6th August

Cost £275.00

You yacht will leave Gosport on Friday evening in order to find a great spot in which to anchor and watch the fireworks. There will be a finger buffet on board as well as a complimentary glass of wine. After the fireworks the yacht will be berthed in the Medina River ready for a full days sailing on Saturday combined with some time out to watch the racing.  On Saturday night we plan to berth in Cowes to really be part of the pre race party, dining out with the Fastnet crews in Cowes.

On Sunday morning you will motor to the start line of the biannual Fastnet Race just off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. This is the perfect place to watch yachts of all sizes set off on this 608 mile race around the Fastnet Rock and back to Plymouth. With as many as 380 yachts taking part from over 22 different countries this will be an amazing spectacle to be part of. You will see vessels taking part in all classes from modest cruising yachts to 100 ft world ocean racing yachts. All the big names will be there and you can expect to see the the holder of the Jules Verne trophy for the fastest circumnavigation, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 as well as the winner of the last two Fastnet races, the 72ft Ran.

When the last boats have crossed the start line and disappeared into the distance we will make our way back to Gosport.

You will sleep on board the yacht on Saturday night in Cowes. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided on board.

No prior sailing experience is necessary to take part in this sailing weekend.

Just added – Visit Cowes and see the start of the 2017 Fastnet 

Saturday 5th August (1500 hrs) – Sunday 6th August

Cost £175.00

You yacht will Gosport on Saturday afternoon to sail across the Solent to Cowes. There will be an opportunity to explore the ‘Centre of Yachting’ as it hosts Fastnet crews from all over the world. Do a bit of shopping in town where you will find the highest concentration of yachtie stores imaginable. Dining will be ashore after aperitifs on board.

On Sunday morning you will motor to the start line of the biannual Fastnet Race just off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. This is the perfect place to watch yachts of all sizes set off on this 608 mile race around the Fastnet Rock and back to Plymouth. With as many as 380 yachts taking part from over 22 different countries this will be an amazing spectacle to be part of. You will see vessels taking part in all classes from modest cruising yachts to 100 ft world ocean racing yachts. All the big names will be there and you can expect to see the the holder of the Jules Verne trophy for the fastest circumnavigation, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 as well as the winner of the last two Fastnet races, the 72ft Ran.

When the last boats have crossed the start line and disappeared into the distance we will make our way back to Gosport.

You will sleep on board the yacht on Saturday night in Cowes. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided on board.

No prior sailing experience is necessary to take part in this sailing weekend.

Meet people and get out on the water with a Solent Weekend. Sailing is not all about RYA training courses, sometimes it is good to go sailing just for fun! A Solent Weekend is a popular way to brush up on your skills, build experience and gain sea miles. It provides an ideal opportunity to get out on the water with like minded people. Even if you have never been on a yacht before you can come along!

Under the watchful eye of an experienced RYA Instructor, you will get a chance to steer, handle sails and be part of the crew, all in the sheltered waters of  The Solent.  The Solent Weekend starts at our Gosport Marina base and you will spend the weekend sailing around the Solent, visiting  ports and harbours such as Cowes, Yarmouth and Hamble.  You will sleep on board the yacht in one of the Solent marinas where you will find all the facilities you need, as well as excellent pubs and restaurants for your evening meal on  Saturday night.

Our experienced RYA instructors are used to having beginners on board and whilst teaching you sailing skills and safety on board a sailing yacht, they place a big emphasis on having fun and enjoying all aspects of sailing including going ashore!

 

You can even book a cabin to yourself for your course.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017
Fastnet Race Winner 72 ft Ran

Pre Requisites for this Event Weekend:

  • No minimum age although we don’t take unaccompanied under 18s
  • No previous experience necessary
  • This course is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced sailors alike

What is included:

  • Services of experienced RYA Instructor /Yachtmaster Skipper
  • Accommodation on board your yacht
  • Breakfasts and lunches eaten on board
  • Finger buffet on Friday evening with complimentary glass of wine
  • Berthing Fees
  • Use of a life jacket and all safety equipment
  • Modern marina facilities at base within easy walking distance of public transport

What is not Included:

  • One evening meal (eaten ashore)
  • Secure parking at Gosport Marina (capped at £10.00 for duration of event)

What to expect:

  • Up to 10 on board
  • You may share a cabin or saloon although we try to match boat layout to mix of crew.
  • There is a sole occupancy option for anyone who would prefer the privacy of their own cabin
  • The best plans are drawn in the sand at low tide – be prepared for your instructor / skipper to make changes based on wind, tide and anything else that can effect the course.

Our team of RYA experienced RYA instructors / skippers will ensure you enjoy your Event Weekend in a safe environment. Their aim is also to ensure your time on the water is as enjoyable as possible.

 

The Small Print

* Evening meals taken ashore on weekend courses / cruises except in the case of a night sail.

** We will provide breakfast, lunch with some cakes and biscuits for coffee / tea breaks. We are unable to provide an endless supply of food  / fruit / snacks including crisps and chocolate. Should you like to snack throughout the day or have particular food favourites we respectfully request that you purchase these yourself. 

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