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RORC Fastnet 2019 Campaign



The Fastnet Race on Venomous.

The Fastnet Race rightly has the reputation for being one of the toughest yacht races in the world. It can be the ultimate sailing challenge for those who want to stretch themselves to the limit. The 608 nautical mile course starts at Cowes then off westward to the Fastnet Rock off of Southern Ireland before heading back to Plymouth.

Windward Sailing has had many years of experience in organizing crews for not only the Fastnet Race but also transatlantic races and specializes in high performance racing yachts.

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity to race in the Fastnet Race on Venomous our Farr 60. Venomous is a  truly competitive and exciting yacht. Forget the concept of "just taking part" and join a team dedicated to racing hard. We do not require any previous experience but we need enthusiasm, commitment and fitness. 

Dates and Destinations

April   Training Weekend            Solent Based                                      

The training weekend will be based in and around the Solent. The weekend will be used for sorting out crew positions and generally getting to know each other. During the weekend everyone will get a chance to have a go at all aspects of sailing the yachts and to find out whether offshore racing is for them. It is essential for all members of the crew to familiarise themselves with as much of the yachts sails and equipment as possible. If after this training weekend you decide that the boat is not suited to your expectations you will have the option change boats or have your payments refunded (minus the cost of the training weekend), with no questions asked.

 April / May     Sea survival Course          Shore based

This ISAF / RORC sea survival course is a 1 day course. The morning is spent in the classroom, then after lunch it’s off to the pool to experience practical use of life rafts and life saving techniques etc. so please remember to bring your Speedos and a towel!

There will be several dates available for this course

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 Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th May  Cervantes Trophy  - Le Havre                Approx. 110 -150 miles

The first RORC offshore race of the season breaks us in gently with an early Saturday morning start at Cowes heading east to Rustington before heading south to Le Havre The course of up to 150 miles should see if you are built for offshore racing. In Le Havre you will have time to recharge your batteries and sample the great French hospitality before a cruise home late Sunday arriving back in the Solent for Monday lunchtime. On the trip back we will go over race tactics and practice more maneuvers such as spinnaker handling and navigation.

 Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th May Myth of Malham Race        - Eddystone             Approx 250 miles

The Myth of Malham is the longest event of the Fastnet qualifying races and starts Saturday morning. The race is particularly interesting as the first half of the course follows that of the Fastnet Race and will give a good insight into the challenges that lay ahead. In previous Eddystone races Venomous has rounded this isolated rock at night and has provided an exciting challenge for the navigator. The race finishes at the entrance to the Solent. The race carries additional championship points so it is important to do well for our overall campaign position.

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Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th June De Guin Gand Bowl            Cowes –  TBC                

The course for this race has yet to be decided but will more than likely be an assortment of buoys in and around the English Channel. This will help us with watch systems and consolidate our teamwork as there is usulaly many corners to navigate around. It is a Saturday morning start which will be ideal for getting to know the boat gain before it gets too dark and should lead us in to a proper watch system. We would plan to be back in Cowes late Sunday.

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th July St Malo Race         Cowes -Dinard - St Malo  

A Friday lunchtime start to this race, one of RORC's most popular destinations. The course is approximately 164 miles. We start westward of the Solent then across the channel leaving the Casquets, Les Hanois buoy, and St Peter Port to port before heading into the bay to the walled city of St Malo. Depending on locking times will mean arriving back in the UK late Sunday early Monday morning, but a race well worth going for, plenty of time for extra training tips on the return trip. 

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Fastnet Race

Fastnet Race

Saturday 3rd  - Thursday 8th August Fastnet Race           608 Miles

This is the race that all season you have been training for. The race will start Sunday lunchtime off the squadron line at Cowes; this is quite a spectacular site as the whole fleet of yachts races down the Solent towards the Needles. This is where all your hard work and new found skills will be at their most important, and for about the next 3 to 4 days you will need to muster all your stamina to stay in race mode. We will be there to win and, with Venomous this is very much achievable - it's all up to you.

Crew Experience

Crew experience

The crew will be made up with people such as yourselves who are enthusiastic about sailing racing and winning. Full training in racing and sailing techniques come with the package and our aim come the end of the campaign is that any one of the crew members will have the ability and confidence to step on to any race yacht and become a key member of any team.

It is important for all potential crew to attend the training weekend if the date given does not fit into your calendar than there will be several other dates available.

We do not require any previous racing experience as crew will be trained and coached in all aspects of racing a high performance yacht. Whilst we do not ask for previous racing experience it is important that any one intending to race on Venom has a reasonable level of fitness. Some of the tasks involved are physically demanding and after the first training weekend some of you may find that you need to go to the gym a little more often!

However that should not deter you because we will be working together as a team covering all aspects of sailing.

Crew Experience

What's included

What’s included

 A crew berth fee for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 on board Venomous is £3600.00.

 This fee includes:

 Services and guidance of Professional racing Skipper and 2 professional crew

  • Training weekend
  • 4 RORC qualifying races
  • Sea survival course
  • Fastnet Race
  • Return passage to Cowes
  • Use of all onboard safety equipment and loan of foul weather clothing
  • All food and drink onboard yachts during training and racing
  • Branded race clothing – Team shirts
  • Race entry fees
  • General boat expenses

Payment Schedule

Payment schedule

We are once again offering a staged payment plan, which will be 20% on booking, and then the balance spread out over 6 months from 1 February to 1 July.

If you would like to participate in additional races then these can be added onto the campaign costs at the time of booking

You can pay by several means –, credit / debit card or bank transfer, cheque made out to Windward Sailing Limited

We hope that you have found this of some interest and if you would like more in-depth information please do not hesitate to contact by telephone,or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Once we have received your booking form and deposit we can confirm your place with us on our Fastnet campaign.

All dates and events are provisional until December 2016 when the confirmed race programme will be published by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.