In 2017 we participated in the biennial Fastnet race and we’re inviting you to join us. The historic Fastnet race involves a series of qualifying races where boat and crew learn to work together, culminating in the final race itself from 5th August. The Fastnet rock, called Carraig Aonair, meaning “lonely rock” in Irish, lies 4 miles southwest of the Irish mainland and marks the most southerly point of Ireland. Fastnet Rock is used as the midpoint of the race, one of the world’s classic offshore yachting races, a 600 mile round trip from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, round the rock and back to Plymouth.

We put together a comprehensive package to make the most of the opportunity that the Fastnet race offers. It was a group adventure – not only has everybody got to do everything, you also need to be able to do everything. While our Fastnet package was not a course, it focused on personal development as well as equipping you with a thorough sailing skillset.

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Our vessel for the race, Jalapeno, a 43′ Standfast

Key features of our Fastnet package

  • Jalapeno – a beautiful and exciting yacht to sail, with a racing history
  • 2 x remaining qualifying RORC* races (6 days total)
  • Round the Island race plus training day (2 days total)
  • ISAF offshore and RYA Sea Survival training (2 days total)
  • Polo shirt and sailing jacket
  • 20% off any of our RYA practical or theory courses throughout 2017 when you sign up to our  package
  • The Fastnet race itself – allow up to a week

Includes: use of oilies and sailing boots, all food onboard, mooring fees

£3500 for the whole package


The Fastnet race covers about 600 nautical miles

Learn advanced sailing skills
As the focus of our Fastnet package is on learning and development, everyone will receive regular personal debriefs to help you improve your sailing skillset. The training weekends and the varied nature of the qualifying races, as well as the variety of weather and sea state we will encounter, will be testing but rewarding. There will be opportunities for everyone to learn about and become proficient at: sail trim, helming, race tactics, setting spinnakers, offshore navigation, collision regulations, repair and maintenance.

Jalapeno, a safe and exciting boat
Jalapeno is a Dutch built Standfast 43, a solid roomy boat that handles the sea well. She is a similar design and quality as the classic Sparkman & Stevens Swan yachts. See a gallery of photos here.

Our Fastnet package is not for complete beginners, but please do talk with us about gaining some pre-Fastnet experience, such as one of our RYA courses.


Calendar of activities

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June: training day and Morgan Cup Race (qualifying race) (Cowes – St Peter Port) 160nm

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July: Round the Island Race and training

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July: training day and Channel Race (qualifying race) (Cowes – Marks – Solent) 160nm

Fastnet race: Sunday 6th August (605nm) (allow a week)

*RORC – Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the Fastnet and other qualifying races.

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