RORC Easter Challenge 10th to 12th April 2020


The RORC Easter Challenge is a great event for some vital pre-season training and fine-tuning.

The highlight of the weekend is the availability of experienced coaches on the water to assist teams with getting back up to speed. They will be joined by North U Regatta Services who will be on hand to not only help with sail trim but to also offer advice on how start and get into clear air.

Combined with the popular debriefs after each day’s racing at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse and prizes of Easter eggs, the RORC Easter Challenge is the perfect way to kick start the race season.




Join the Boat: Friday morning  10th April 2020 by 09:00hrs

Start: Cowes Squadron Line, 10th April 2020 12:00hrs (est)

Finish: Haslar Marina, Gosport, 12th April 2020 pm



The race crew meets on board on Friday morning, with a plan to arrive by 09:00 which gives us time to run through a full safety briefing, get the boat organised and discuss our race strategy and tactics before heading out into the Solent.  Friday afternoon is when we finalise our starting crew positions and run through the deck layout and equipment with all crew members and train for our boat maneuvers.

We stay in Cowes on Friday night with the rest of the fleet at Cowes Yacht Haven and eat ashore.



With a race start of 10:30, we will leave the dock by 09:00 each morning and head into the Solent before the start – this gives us all the opportunity to practise some sail handling, tacks and gybes on our way.

There are three races planned each day, and we plan to take a view which we participate in and when we head off down the Solent for some training by ourselves.

After racing, there is a race debrief and coaching session on shore in Cowes with the fleet.

We have a berth at Cowes Yacht Haven for Friday and Saturday nights, so there will be plenty opportunity to relax and review the day’s racing! We will eat ashore on both nights.



The final day of racing will take the same format, ending early afternoon to enable us to clean and pack the boat up for an early evening journey home.

Looking forward to our fist event of the season!


INCLUDED in the crew contribution

Race Crew Position

Race Skipper and First Mate

Accommodation on the boat on Friday and Saturday nights

All race and coaching fees

All mooring fees

All food on board

Race instruction and support



Travel to and from the boat

Food on shore in Cowes

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.