RORC Offshore Racing


Individual places available for RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) offshore yacht races. Ideal if you can’t commit to a whole season or perhaps just want to try out offshore racing to see what it’s about. These weekend adventures are both challenging and rewarding.

All necessary training is provided and there’s no specific pre-requisite qualification for this campaign, however, we do recommend having done at least the Competent Crew course or have similar experience.

2019 RORC Races StockPrice
De Guingand Bowl(5 spaces left) £350.00

7th – 9th June 2019 (Provisional) Between 120 and 150nM: Starting in Cowes, the 24-36hr long course takes us around buoy’s before crossing the finish line back in the Solent. This is a great race for first timers or who don’t have the time to do the long-distance races.

Cowes-Dinard-St Malo(6 spaces left) £400.00

12th – 15th July 2019 (Provisional) Approx 170nM & cruise back: Starting on Friday morning we head across the Channel, past the Casquets Lighthouse arriving in St Malo Saturday afternoon/evening.

Channel Race(6 spaces left) £350.00

27th – 28th July 2019 (Provisional) Between 110 and 140nM: Starting in Cowes, the 24hr long course takes us around buoy’s before crossing the finish line back in the Solent. Agins, this is a great race for first timers or who don’t have the time to do the long-distance races.

Cherbourg Race(5 spaces left) £300.00

6th – 8th July 2019 (Provisional) Approximatly 75nM & cruise back: The last race of the season is a quick sprint from Cowes to Cherbourg. Another one good for those short of time.

Product Description

RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) is the premier offshore racing authority organising many iconic races around the globe. Bi-annually, RORC runs the Rolex Fastnet, one of the worlds’ most iconic races. This race makes up one race of the season with many others combining to create a season championship. Each race follows a different course, each unique in its set of challenges.

Polka Sailing has been extremely competitive over the last few seasons, placing highly amongst the Sailing School boats and coming 3rd in that class in 2017 Fastnet. Our meticulously well maintained Beneteau is fully race-prepared and looking for enthusiastic crew to help better her previous results.

In 2019 we will be entering all UK based RORC races alongside running our Fastnet campaign. This is the ideal opportunity to get involved with offshore racing without having to commit huge amounts of time. All available races are listed above, just select the ones you’d like to be part of.

If you’re looking to actively contribute to a competitive team, we’d love you to welcome you aboard.

Get in Touch if you have any questions or want to talk more about the races, format etc.

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Polka – GBR912R

Polka is a meticulously maintained Beneteau First 34.7, fully race prepared. She has a carbon mast and rod rigging and flies an asymmetric spinnaker from a retractable carbon bowsprit.
We carry a full race sail inventory including:

  • Carbon Membrane Main Sail
  • Membrane Jibs (No. 1 & No. 3)
  • Heavy Weather Jib
  • Storm Jib
  • TrySail
  • Code 0 Asymmetric
  • A2 Asymmetric
  • A4 Asymmetric

Polka is MCA coded and compliant with ISAF category 1 offshore racing. She carries all the latest safety equipment, above and beyond the requirements of both bodies. All crew whilst onboard have a Spinlock Pro-sensor lifejacket allocated for their use. (The Skippers rules when to wear them will be applied at all times).

We sail from Universal Marina, our adventures start here! Universal offers easy access from the M27, has plenty of parking and on-site facilities including a great restaurant and bar.

There’s plenty of free parking on site.


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Universal Marina
Crableck Lane
Sarisbury Green SO31 7ZN


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