Racing aboard a Volvo 60 on the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021, 19.50m monohull with professional crew. Embark as a “high-flying” crewmate on this boat designed and built to race the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-02, the crewed round-the-world race.
Racing aboard a Volvo 60 on the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 in IRC 0
Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, one of the most prestigious sailing clubs on the planet, the Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the biggest ocean races. An event that takes place once every two years, in odd-numbered years, departing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Great novelty for this 2021 edition, the finish will be judged in Cherbourg and no longer in Plymouth as in all previous editions.
More than 300 sailboats from 9 to 30 meters will line up in August 2021 on the line of the Royal Yacht Squadron for a sumptuous exit of the Solent, most often tacking to reach the Needles. The regatta is sensational and tactical along the English coast before reaching the Archipelago of Scilly. Then it is the crossing of the Irish Sea to roll up the impressive rock of the Fastnet planted with its lighthouse. Then follows the descent on the Scilly to go up the Channel to Cherbourg.
The Volvo 60, a crewed round-the-world racing sailboat
This racing sailboat is an extreme boat, a Formula 1 of the seas with very spartan comfort. This demanding and powerful boat is aligned with the offshore racing starts, rated in IRC 0. We invite you to embark as a teammate on the Fastnet 2021 race as part of an amateur crew to cover some 700 miles of racing, supervised by three professional sailors (skipper Captain 200 Sailing, mate, navigator). Whatever your level, a competitive spirit is essential to enter such an event. Even if we could aim for the podium in the class, it is above all about sailing well and experiencing this grandiose race from the inside!
The duration of boarding is about 11 days, including the qualification of 300 nautical miles from Lorient and the return delivery after the race to Lorient. The race starts from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and ends for the first time in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.
Note that the outbound delivery from Lorient to Cowes will serve as a qualifying route for the crew and the boat, after agreement from the RORC. The Channel crossing for the return to Lorient will start from Cherbourg (possibility of disembarking after the finish of the race).
World Sailing course (ex ISAF)
At least 1/3 of the crew must have completed the World Sailing course (ex ISAF) which is valid for 5 years. If you wish to follow this 2-day training (sea survival, fire, medical, etc.), you can take it at CEPS in Lorient.
The FFVoile license is compulsory with a medical aptitude for competition. Affiliated as “École Française de Croisière” with the French Sailing Federation, you can subscribe your Competition license with the CHALLENGE OCEAN Club.
Duration: 11 days *
Dates: August 4-14, 2021
Start of the race iin Cowes on August 8, 2021 **
Boarding: Lorient La Base
Boat: Volvo 60 with professional crew
Racing: Class IRC 0
Qualification: 300 nautical miles
Price: € 4,750, full board included (marina, meals, drinks, consumables, etc.)
FFVoile license: compulsory competition
Training, handling and qualification of 300 miles during the crossing from Lorient to Cowes.
Possibility of disembarking in Cherbourg.
* Duration subject to weather conditions.
** Date to be confirmed by the RORC.
Photo credits Team Jolokia – Benjamin SIMON – Martin COUDRIET – Pierre BOURAS