RORC Fastnet Campaign 2013
Individual bookings are now full for the 2013 Fastnet Campaign.
However, due to a cancellation, we still have one whole boat charter available (the yacht is already entered into the Fastnet, so a place is guaranteed).
ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?
It only comes round once every other year and is renowned as one of the yachting calendar's most exhilarating and toughest races: yes, planning is well underway for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013. It may seem a while away, but we've been taking bookings for the 2013 Fastnet Race since August 2011 and only a few places are remaining on the final yacht. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) famous race takes a 608 mile course from Cowes in the Isle of Wight towards the Fastnet Rock off Southwest Ireland, before going round the rock and heading back to the finish line in Plymouth. This is a race with a lot of history and one that requires every ounce of each team members' energy and commitment in order to achieve a good result: when was the last time you really pushed yourself?
At Stormforce Coaching, our Fastnet package includes more than simply entry into a standard race campaign. Our Fastnet package is not just the Fastnet race; it is a full offshore race training campaign. With over 1,700 miles of offshore sailing, five offshore races and three training weekends, this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and accomplish personal goals whilst challenging yourself to your very limits. The Stormforce Coaching Fastnet Campaign is different to those offered by many standard charter companies and sea schools. Ours is not an opportunity for passengers to be able to say that they have taken part in the famous Fastnet regatta: as a team, we will be competing in one of the most demanding yacht races in the world and we need crew who are ready for the challenge. To join us, you do not need to have a long sailing or racing background: we are looking for team members who are enthusiastic, motivated and committed. Experience, qualifications and racing skills are not a pre-requiste. At Stormforce Coaching, full training is provided and keen team players of any ability are welcome. This is a campaign that combines fun with comprehensive learning and genuine racing knowledge.
As a company, Stormforce Coaching first raced in the 2003 Fastnet race and went on to enter two teams into the 2005 race. In 2007, our Chief Instructor skippered a sailing school crew to victory with a win in class and the team was one of only 50 boats that finished (from 300 starters). More recently, in the 2011 campaign, one of our two entries was the best-placed sea school / charter yacht in class, beating many full time race teams. We have learnt many lessons from these previous campaigns and, after making a few tweaks following each campaign, we continue to follow our proven formula. The comprehensive Stormforce Coaching Fastnet campaign consists of 2 days of shorebased training, 6 weekends of sail training and entry into pre-qualifying races between April and July (as well as the race week itself in August of course!) The campaign has been designed to allow crew to take part in all the events, whilst taking as little time off work as possible; training and most events take place over weekends.
As part of the Stormforce Coaching Fastnet Campaign, you will have the chance to compete in 6 offshore races, including the RORC Cervantes Trophy, RORC Myth of Malham Race, RORC Morgan Cup, RORC Channel Race and, of course, the RORC Fastnet Race itself. We know that many other sailing schools and charter companies include only 2 or 3 qualifying races as part of their Fastnet packages. We choose to include 5 qualifying races in addition to the Fastnet, so that our teams will attain a RORC series result as well as a Fastnet Race result.
So, are you ready to come racing with us?
- Two days shorebased training taken between now and the Fastnet race AND
- 6 weekends spread throughout April to July 2013 (2 or 3 of these may be long weekends, i.e. 3 days) AND
- A week in August
Each crew member will come to the campaign with different experience: we must emphasise that we are not looking for a team of 'old hands' but would prefer a cross section of abilities and experience. You should, however, have:
- A minimum of 5 days and 2 nights experience on board of a yacht
- A minimum of 200 miles experience aboard a sailing yacht
- A minimum of having crewed 2 sailing races (can be dinghy or yacht)
- RYA Competent Crew or higher level certificate or equivalent experience
- Commitment to the campaign and an eagerness to learn
All prospective crew must discuss their experience and ambitions with our Principal before booking. It is important that we ensure you are making the right decision before you book on to this campaign.
Training Weekend 1 (20-21 April 2013) Meet the skipper and the rest of the crew on the Friday evening for a packed weekend. This is our chance for the crew to get to know each other and the yacht.
RORC Cervantes Trophy (4-6 May 2013) This is our first race of the season and the destination is Le'Harve in France (start line is off Cowes). Crew meet on the Friday evening. Depending on the exact course, the race will be between 90 and 140 miles. Racing and the return delivery take place over the Bank Holiday weekend. Expect to be back by Monday afternoon.
RORC Myth Of Malham Race (25-27 May 2013). Our second race of the season is also spread over a three day bank holiday weekend. The 230 mile course is from Cowes, round the Eddystone Lighthouse (near Plymouth). The crew will meet on the Friday evening and finish on Sunday or Monday.
RORC Morgan Cup (28-30 June 2013). Our third race weekend of the season starts on the Friday evening. We race to Dieppe (via Marks) and the course will be between 100 and 140 miles. We return to Southampton for the Sunday afternoon.
Training Weekend 2 - afloat (20-21 July 2013). With a briefing on the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to sail training. Accommodation is provided onboard.
Training Weekend 3- ISAF Shorebased training weekend - (we run 3 or 4 courses a month, so choose a date that suits you). Life raft and sea survival training takes place in the pool on Saturday. Heavy weather tactics are covered on the Sunday morning and lessons learnt from the Fastnet and Sydney Hobart disasters are covered on Sunday afternoon.
RORC Channel Race (27-28 July 2013) Our 4th race is really intended to improve our points in the 2013 RORC series. It is also the final time we sail together before the Fastnet itself. Crew meet on Friday night, start racing Saturday morning and will be back on Sunday. The race is likely to last beween 24 and 36 hours.
RORC Fastnet Race (10 - 15 August 2013). Crew meet Saturday for final preparation and to take the boat over to Cowes; race starts Sunday from Cowes. 604 miles later we will have rounded the Fastnet Rock (Ireland) and made our way to the finish at Plymouth.
*Please be aware that all dates are subject to change by RORC.
- Five Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Offshore races (1,500 miles minimum)*
- Three training weekends (two afloat, one ashore, 200 miles minimum)
- RYA Sea Survival Training and Certification
- RYA ISAF Offshore Race Crew Training and Certification
- Campaign Management
- Experienced racing skipper and mate
- All meals, drinks and snacks onboard
- All berthing fees
- Race entry fees and onboard expenses (diesel, gas etc)
- Free Parking at Shamrock Quay Marina
- Welcome dinner ashore at RSYC on the first evening
- Team Stormforce Polo Shirt
- Team Stormforce Fastnet Jacket
- RORC Fastnet 2013 Polo Shirt
- Opportunity in 2013 to purchase discounted Musto team kit at our trade price
* Be aware that most other sailing school/charter companies only include two or three qualifying races plus the Fastnet Race. This does not allow their team to attain a reasonable result in the series as they will be a race or two short. Our approach of four qualifying races plus the Fastnet means we have a chance of a RORC series result as well as a Fastnet race result.
What's Not Included:
- Sailing boots / footwear
- Wet weather gear (can be hired for £70 for the whole campaign)
- Meals ashore (except the first evening, which is included)
- Return passage from Plymouth after the Fastnet Race
To secure a place, a deposit of £500 is payable. Beyond that, we are happy to discuss an interest free payment plan that will allow you to spread the remaining payments.
Between now and the 2013 Fastnet the Campaign fees will steadily increase. The sooner crew sign up the better the price they will pay.
To read about the History of the RORC Fastnet race click here.
Individual Person Price: £3399
Please call the office on 02380 231 122 or e-mail email@example.com for more information, or to book this course.
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