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Offshore Yacht Racing

Are you a weekend sailor wanting to be a bit more adventurous?  To race a yacht offshore, out of sight of land, is one of the most fantastic experiences.  Join us on our offshore equipped First 40.7  Our crew is mainly made up of enthusiastic sailors looking to sail on a fast and fun boat where they can build skills and experience, log RYA miles and have a great fun time whilst doing it!

Racing in the UK 2022

Racing in the Solent & English Channel

We have individual crew berths available for our racing and training evenmts in 2022, click on the link below to take you to the booking page and join our crew..

Solent to the Scilly Isles June 2021

The lockdown restrictions set to ease, we are running several events in the English Channel – time to get back out on the water in a safe environment.

Round The Island Race July 2021

One of the most amazing yacht races – this classic race amongst over 1000 yachts is always amazing.

Milebuilder - 600nm Solent to Clyde

Milebuilder giving 600nm logged miles, experience of watch systems and plenty night hours..

West Highland Race Week July August 2021

Social and competitive, based from Oban, a combination of passage races and round the cans – this must be one of the most fun regattas ever!

Race Programme 2022

The Best Racing in Europe?

The Solent is the best place to learn sailing and racing in Europe – it has everything condensed into this sheltered area.  No wonder it is said that if you can sail in the Solent, you can sail anywhere!

Milebuilder Solent to Scotland

Join us for our 600nm trip from Cowes down the West Country, past the Scilly Isles, up the Irish Sea and into the Firth of Clyde to experience offshore sailing at it’s most special.

Clyde and the Inner Hebrides

Six day sailing trip: Sail Scotland down the magical Firth of Clyde, round the Mull of Kintyre and head off to explore the magical Inner Hebridean islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay.

Oban and Mull

Six day sailing trip: Sail Scotland from the amazing port of Oban on the West Coast of Scotland, a wonderful train journey from Glasgow on the West Highland railway line – one of the World’s most scenic railways.

Individual Crew Places

Train with us and come Offshore Racing…

Covid has had an impact on all our lives, so we will get out on the water with maximum benefit this year… We are staying in the UK in 2022 and are doing some adventurous sailing in some of the World’s best sailing areas. Adventure, fun and relaxation are on the menu this year!  We will be racing in the Round The Island Race and competing in the RORC Offshore Series

Race Training

How can I start Offshore Racing?

We enable amateur sailors, often highly experienced cruisers but with little or no offshore experience, to gain the skill and experience..  We do this by providing a supportive environment where you can challenge yourself and enjoy a great adventure!

2022 Events

2022 Racing and Training Calendar

Our programme throughout the year takes us from our base in the Solent, racing from Cowes and the English Channel and racing across to France.  It’s going to be a great year!

May & June 2021 English Channel Sailing

Sail out of the Solent and down the West Country to Weymouth, Dartmouth or Salcombe and explore the amazing ports of Devon.

May & June 2021 Solent to Scilly Isles

Six day sailing trip: Sail down the English Channel to explore the magical Isles of Scilly – St Mary’s St Agnes and Tersco are all possibilities.

July 2021 Round the Island Race

With regular fleets of nearly 2000 yachts, the round the island race is an unmatched experience.  Perfect for beginners, join our crew here!

July 2021 Milebuilder - Solent to Clyde

An opportunity to log 600nm, build on your experience and learn night sailing, working in a watcvh system and sail through stunning waters!

July 2021 Sail Scotland - Clyde & Hebrides

Scotland is always voted one of the best sailing areas in the World, come and explore this most wonderful sailing right on our doorstep.

July 2021 West Highland Race Week

Social and competitive, based from Oban, a combination of passage races and round the cans – this must be one of the most fun regattas ever!

July 2021 Sail Scotland - Oban & Mull

This must be bucket list sailing, summer in the West Cpast of Scotland, exploring the islands and inlets from our yacht – it doesn’t get better…

August 2021 Sail Scotland - Oban & Skye

Time to get more adventurous, head North to the white beaches and the most delightful ports.  Glorious sailing, seafood and decent whisky…

Beneteau First 40.7

Offshore Race Yacht

Our yacht is one of the most successful cruiser racers ever built, capable of looking after it’s crew regardless of the weather.  Comfortable down below with (almost) all mod cons, it is a perfect boat to explore some of the most wonderful sailing areas in the World.  Our crew bring on board their sense of fun and sense of adventure.

Does that sound like you?

Offshore Racing

Why race with First Offshore?

Crew with us and learn how to race a competitive yacht, we guide you every step of the way.  Each position on the boat has a coaching programme to give you the skills to be safe, competitive and really enjoy the thrill of yacht racing.

Safe, Fun Experience.

.First Offshore Racing run training weekends and compete in some of the most exciting offshore yacht races in the World.

Connect with your Crew.

Working as a team under pressure develops great friendships in our crews.

Be totally involved.

Everyone is aware of our race strategy and gets experience of all the crew positions with an experienced race crew buddy.

Sail Overnight.

We coach you in all aspects of offshore yacht racing from sail changes to night watches

We don’t shout!

Come sailing with us – all we ask is for you to have enthusiasm and a minimum of RYA Competent Crew level!   Bring your sense of humour, your thirst for adventure and a willingness to learn.

It’s always fun…

Everything we do centres around providing a safe, supportive and fun experience.   First Offshore Racing run training weekends and compete in the best races in Europe and the Caribbean.