Offshore Race Training Weekend July 31st and August 1st 2020


Our race training days and weekends offer you the chance to try out various boat positions, gain experience of spinnaker flying and get the skills and experience you need to start offshore yacht racing.  As a start to racing, or just enjoyable adventurous time out sailing, it will be fun!



These weekends are intended for keen cruising or inshore racing sailors seeking to gain the skills and experience to become a proficient crew member in offshore yacht races.

The training crew meets on board on Friday evening before heading ashore to eat and get to know each other. After a night onboard, we have an early start which gives us time to run through a full safety briefing, get the boat organised and discuss the itinerary for the session before heading out to the Solent.  During our full day on the water we will run through each crew position and it’s role and cover in detail the deck layout and equipment before we start work on tacks and gybes, spinnaker hoists, drops and (of course!) boat speed.

We will stay in a Solent marina overnight on Saturday, eating ashore, giving us time to discuss the days sailing on Saturday and deciding our focus areas for Sunday.

Throughout the weekend the crew will move around the boat, giving everyone the opportunity to experience helming upwind and downwind, main, headsail and spinnaker trim, mast and foredeck.  Knowing what is entailed in each position makes teamwork so much better, regardless of the position each crew will specialise in during the race season.

We will return to Haslar on Sunday leaving the boat in good time to miss most of the traffic on Sunday evening!


First Offshore Racing Training Weekends are:

weekends on the Solent where you experience the excitement of a fully prepared race yacht

two days where you get individual tuition on a particular area you want to improve

a great weekend out on the water where you can challenge yourself and get faster and more confident

What does the weekend look like?

0900 Saturday Arrive in Haslar Marina

Safety Brief before a detailed tour of the deckgear, deck layout and sail configurations

Head out into the Solent or the English Channel depending on weather conditions

Intensive race training with lunch at sea

Back to a Solent Marina Saturday evening

Day on the water on Sunday refining the skills learnt on Saturday

Lunch on the water

Arrive back in Haslar Marina

1630 De-rig boat and depart

INCLUDED in the crew contribution

Race Crew Position Experience

Professional Skipper

All race and coaching fees

All mooring fees

All food on board

Race instruction and support



Travel to and from the boat

Food ashore

Personal Insurance (highly recommended)


Additional information

KIt List

Recommended Kit to Bring on Board:

All packed in a soft mid size dry bag
Wet weather gear Jacket and trousers/salopettes
Thermal base layer
Fleece top
Deck shoes
Sailing boots
Sailing gloves
Warm hat for night watches
Sun hat
Sailing knife and a head torch with red led
Sleeping bag
Breathable t-shirts
Sunglasses with head loop
Sun cream… lots of it
Your glasses or contact lenses and solution
Personal prescribed medication and sea sickness meds
Mobile Phone and charger


Join the Boat: Friday evening 29 March 2018 20:00hrs
Start: Haslar Marina, Gosport, 30 March 2018 05:00hrs
Finish: Haslar Marina, Gosport, 01 April 2018 pm

The race crew meets on board on Friday evening, with a plan to arrive around 20:00 which gives us time to run through a full safety briefing, get the boat organised and discuss our race strategy and tactics over a glass of wine. Friday evening is when we finalise our starting crew positions and set up a buddy and watch system for newer or less experienced crew members.

With a race start of 07:00, we will leave the dock by 05:00 and head to Cowes for the start – breakfast on the way, as a crew sails on it’s stomach!
Once out of the Solent, we start our watch system early, with a 4 hours on 4 hours off rota in daylight and 3 hour watches at night. Night time watches only if it’s a very, very long race…..
On arrival to Cherbourg look forward to a pontoon party and some lovely French food before an early night.


Race start outside the harbour and a bash back to the Solent – a chance to try new crew positions and a new set of race tactics. Planning to arrive back in the early evening, once the boat is sorted out then head off after a fine cross channel yacht race weekend. The boat is always available if anyone prefers to spend Sunday night on board before heading off on Monday morning.