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Are you a weekend sailor wanting to start offshore yacht racing? Race on our Beneteau First 40.7 across to Le Havre in the RORC Cervantes Cup and build to the iconic Fastnet Race in 2019.  No race experience needed, but if you have, develop your winning race strategies and tactics on board.

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Come offshore yacht racing 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.

Our experienced race team will coach and support you in all aspects of offshore yacht racing from sail change techniques to managing an effective watch system when sailing through the night.

Everything we do centres around providing a safe, supportive and fun experience.  First Offshore Racing run training weekends and cross channel races competing in some of the most exciting offshore yacht racing in Europe.




Few sailors get the opportunity to race offshore.  Many like the idea, they just don’t think they have the skill or the experience.  Come and have some fun and make new friends doing the sport you love!

We give you the skills and the confidence to compete in RORC cross channel races throughout the summer.

Come and develop race tactics and weather routing strategies to build your competitive edge…

What are you doing at the weekend?  Come and race to France with us!

Why First Offshore racing?

The Plan: First Offshore is to bridge the gap between the school boats and the hot shot boats in the RORC fleet.  Our crew is mainly made up of enthusiastic weekend sailors looking to race on a competitive boat but recognising that they don’t yet have the experience or offshore knowledge of a seasoned offshore racer.  The boat is run on the basis that everyone gets involved, everyone is aware and has experience of all the crew positions, but most have certain roles they specialise in.  We run with 2 watches of 4 people when racing so it’s important for everyone to be adaptable around the boat.

how do i start offshore yacht racing?

Few sailors have the opportunity to race offshore.  If you like the idea, but don’t think you are good or experienced enough – join our crew

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.

Run to strict MCA and RORC safety standards, First Offshore Racing take our responsibility for your wellbeing extremely seriously.  Highly experienced yachtsmen skipper our high performance race prepared yacht which offers comfort as well as speed. 

Rounding the package off with superb food (and wine when at the dock!) and bucket loads of fun – isn’t this just what you have been waiting for? 

2019 offshore yacht racing

Training Weekends

Weather Routing

Spinnaker Trim


Sail Trim

Channel  Crossings

St Malo
St Peter Port

Rolex Fastnet

Fastnet Rock
Delivery to the Solent


Exclusive Offer

2019 Rolex Fastnet race package

The 2019 Rolex Fastnet starts on 3rd August, and to qualify at least 50% of our crew must have completed 300 RORC race miles within 12 months of the start date.


Our team are all highly experienced sailors of course – but more importantly they are highly responsible, reliable and great fun.



Nigel - Offshore Racing Skipper





What are you waiting for?