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Experience Offshore Yacht Sailing

Are you a weekend sailor wanting to start offshore yacht racing?  To race a yacht offshore, out of sight of land, is one of the most fantastic experiences.  Join us on our race prepared First 40.7 and learn the skills to be able to compete in the RORC Offshore Series, the Fastnet, Middle Sea Race or even the Caribbean 600!

English Channel Sailing 2020 

Solent Sailing

We have individual crew berths available for all our Covid secure sailing events, click on the link below to take you to the booking page and join our crew.. 

Round The Island Race 2020 new dates

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

Covid Secure Two Day Sailing - Solent

The lockdown restrictions now easing, we are running several events in August in the Solent – time to get back out on the water in a safe environment.

Covid Secure Day Sailing - Solent

The Solent is open now with some Covid restrictions; make the most of the British Summer and come sailing with us.

RORC Offshore Races 2020

Major Offshore Races

Adventure, challenge and excitment are guaranteed in each of these major offshore races, click on the race title for more details.

RORC Caribbean 600

Live the dream in this fabulous race around several Caribbean islands from Antigua racing amongst some of the fastest yachts in the World.

RORC Middle Sea Race

One of the classic 600 mile offshore races in the Rolex RORC Calendar, together with the Fasdtnet and Sydney Hobart.

Volvo Round Ireland Race

This challenging and highly rewarding race in a terrific fleet make this race a must do for any serious offshore racer.

Individual Crew Places

New to Yacht Racing?

Start by joining our race crew on our training weekends where you can, in a supportive environment, learn the skills needed for the race course.  These weekends give you the opportunity to experience every crew position, and understand what makes a race boat.go fast!  (It’s the crew, not the boat…)

Solent Yacht Racing Offshore 

How can I start Offshore Racing?

We enable amateur sailors, often highly experienced cruisers but with little or no race experience, to compete at the higest level in RORC Offshore races.  We do this by providing an ideal learning environment where you can challenge yourself and enjoy a great adventure!

2020 Events

2020 Race and Training Calendar

Our programme throughout the year takes us to the Caribbean over Winter, back in the Solent for Summer and down to the Med for the Middle Sea Race

April 2020 RORC Easter Challenge

This three day training race weekend has North Sails experts available to advise on sail trim, starting techniques and crew management.

May 2020 RORC Cervantes Trophy

The cross channel race to Le Havre usually has the addition of marks in the channel, making it an interesting and technical race.

May 2020 RORC Myth of Malham

Perhaps the ultimate windward leeward race – the classic round Eddystone Lighthouse race is always amazing.

May 2020 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!

June 2020 RORC De Guingand Bowl

We won’t know where the course is until the evening before, but it’s always a great race around marks in the Channel.

June 2020 VOLVO Round Ireland Race

This challenging and highly rewarding race in a terrific fleet make this race a must do for any serious offshore racer.

July 2020 RORC Morgan Cup

This year’s Morgan Cup takes the fleet across the |Irish sea to Cork in a 325 mile offshore race.

Beneteau First 40.7

Offshore Race Yacht

First Offshore Racing bridges the gap between RYA school boats and the hot shot race boats in the RORC fleet.  Our crew are enthusiastic weekend sailors looking to race on a competitive boat whilst recognising that they don’t yet have the experience or offshore knowledge of a seasoned offshore racer.

Does that sound like you?

Offshore Racing

Why sail 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 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.

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.