RORC Cherbourg Race

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07 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018 £299.00
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RORC Cherbourg Race

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £299 per person

Duration: 3 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

A classic 75 mile RORC offshore race that takes place every September. We will head out of the Solent and across the Channel to Cherbourg  making best use of the sails and the wind. This race is a great way to gain offshore experience and sea miles for your logbook as we head through the shipping channels and race for the French coast!

Starts: 10am Friday at Girls for Sail Office in Shepards Wharf Marina, Cowes

Finishes: Sunday, Cowes time TBC possibly late - so please note we could arrive home at any time dependant on weather etc so please be very aware of this!


About The Event

An exciting offshore race. Starting from Cowes we make our way through the Solent and out into the Channel heading south for  Cherbourg. This event also enables serious racers to gain a quarter of the miles needed for RORC membership. We meet on Friday Morning at 10am for a training session on Friday. Our start gun is on Friday evening  ready for an exhilarating overnight race across the Channel - sighting the French coast as the light comes up! You can never be sure how long it will take to do the channel crossing but lets hope we are there on saturday at some point - see a bit of France and enjoy a spot of fine wine and French cuisine and then return home to England chuffed that we had a good race!  We may end up just turning around and coming back but even that is part of the challenge and fun of the race

For many boats that are competing in the RORC Fastnet race (**NEXT ONE 2017 - join us now!) the race is a good shake down sail for the team to get ready for the forthcoming 2017 season If you are considering a Fastnet in the future – or just want to see how much fun they are then this is a great race to try out that desire!

The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 

About Cowes

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet 10am at Cowes office

Race training and evening race start - overnight passage to Cherbourg

Day 2 -

Race into Cherbourg for finish line.

Day 3 -

Sail back to Cowes

Experience required

Whilst you don't need to have previous offshore race experience to join us on this event we do recommend that you have at least some sailing experience. No there yet? Why not sign up to one of our RYA Start Yachting courses or join us on one of our weekend or day sails. Check out our calendar for a full list of events or get in touch for more information.

Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board*
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!
  • Food starter pack
  • Shower facilities on site in marina
  • Shore-based support from the Girls for Sail team
  • 1 team shirt - wear racing/ashore - it's yours to keep!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing
  • *Accommodation upgrades where available

Additional Information

Please note time of finish is weather dependent  - whilst we will make every effort to get you back into Cowes by 4pm Sunday we cannot guarantee this finish time.


Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link above to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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