Individual places are 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.
Between 110 and 160nM: The first race of the season, starting in Cowes, the 24-36hr long course takes us around buoy’s before crossing the channel to Le Havre.
Myth of Malham: 24th - 26th May 2019
Approximatly 250nM: Starting in Cowes, the 24-36hr race is a great intro to the Fastnet as it follows the start of the Fastnet course. Heading out of the Solent west bound, along the coast to Eddystone Light then back round the south side of the Isle of Wight and back into the East of the Solent to finish.
De Guingand Bowl: 7th – 9th June 2019
Between 120 and 150nM: Starting in Cowes, the 24-36hr long course takes us around buoys before crossing the finish line back in the Solent. This is a great race for first-timers or those who don’t have the time to do the long-distance races.
Morgan Cup: 21st - 23rd June 2019
Between 110 and 160nM: Starting in Cowes, the 24-36hr long course take us west out of the Solent the across the channel to Dieppe.
Cowes-Dinard-St Malo: 12th – 15th July 2019
Approx 170nM & cruise back: Starting on Friday morning we head across the Channel, past the Casquets Lighthouse arriving in St Malo Saturday afternoon/evening. Our trip back will be a leisurely cruise with a departure likely early Sunday morning.
Channel Race: 27th – 28th July 2019
Between 110 and 140nM: Starting in Cowes, the 24hr long course takes us around buoys before crossing the finish line back in the Solent. Again, this is a great race for first-timers or those who don’t have the time to do the long-distance races.
Cherbourg Race: 6th – 8th September 2019
(5 berths left)
Approximatly 75nM & cruise back: The last race of the season is a quick sprint from Cowes to Cherbourg. A quick turnaround and back to the Solent. Another one good for those short of time.
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.
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
Code 0 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 Hamble Yacht Services. Our adventures start here! Hamble Yacht Services offers easy access from the M27, has plenty of parking and nearby access to the bars and restaurants of Hamble.
There’s plenty of free parking on site.
What’s included / what to bring
All our racing options include:
Accommodation on board the yacht, including meals, drinks and snack (meals and drinks ashore are not included)
Lifejacket and safety harness
All race entry fees
All yacht expenses (berthing & fuel)
Professionally qualified, insured Skipper
Polka Sailing Team Polo shirt
What you’ll need to bring:
Enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved!
Wet weather gear – An outer, waterproof layer, with a hood
Marine Superstore has good pricing & normally a good ‘Sail Rail‘. We can also secure a discount on full price Musto clothing. Get in touch to find out more.
Several warm layers
Sailing gloves (not just for warmth, for handling ropes)
Waterproof, non-marking boots
Non-marking shoes or trainers
Sunhat (or cap)
Sunglasses – polarised are best as they got glare
Quick drying towel
For offshore racing, we also recommend:
Warm hat for night sailing (in addition to a sunhat)