We love offshore racing especially RORC and JOG events. Course’s start in the Solent, then take us out to destinations across the English Channel. Some finishing in France and others returning us back to the Solent.
Most will have us at sea for 24-48 hours, we sail through the night in conditions that frustrate with little wind and those that test your metal. The yacht can handle it - can you?
Offshore racing requires a different game plan that pits our wits against the tides, the winds and our competitors. Accurate weather forecasting is as important as good performance sailing. Pre planning is essential and the ability to completely re-plan on the hoof a must. The weather despite forecasts will always mess up a well thought out plan.
We race with two watches, four hour on and four hours off. We eat & sleep as we race. The longer events such as the Fastnet produce real fatigue. They also produce a mix of high adrenaline intensity followed by hours of boredom, especially in light winds. Staying focused is often the greatest challenge. However get the taste for offshore and you will just want to keep doing it.
Winning is the ultimate, beating your closest rivals is epic, especially when after a 100Nm you do it as you cross over the line.