2020 race calendar


FEBRUARY 24 2020 Antigua

Starting from English Harbour in Antigua, the fleet leaves on a 600 mile race around the Caribbean past Nevis, St Kitts, Angiulla and St Barth’s before heading back around Guadeloupe. Sunshine, warm seas and racing in shorts – offshore yacht racing surely doesn’t get much better…


MARCH 5 2020 Simpson Bay

If any regatta deserves the description “Champagne Sailing” then this is the one. Serious sailing and serious fun – combining inshore fast and furious racing with an offshore round the island race and great oartys every evening mean every aspect of our crew is tested!

rorc easter challenge

APRIL 10 2020 Cowes

The RORC Easter Challenge is a great event for pre-season training and fine-tuning. Experienced coaches join the fleet on the water to help with getting back up to speed.  The popular debriefs after each day’s racing at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse make it the perfect way to kick start the UK race season.

rorc cervantes trophy

MAY 8 2020 Cowes

The first RORC offshore race of the season finishes in Le Havre. Depending on the weather conditions, some channel marks may be included. The race always provides a good test for our crew, particularly for those who are looking forward to the Round Ireland Race.


MAY 23 2020 Cowes

A 250 nautical mile chase upwind west to the Eddystone lighthouse and back to Cowes under spinnaker – perhaps the ultimate windward/leewards race! In a fleet including some of the top race boats in the World, our IRC class will be closely fought.

Round the island race

MAY 30 2020 Cowes

The Round the Island Race is one of the greatest events in sailing, with 1200 yachts competing this historic 60 mile course.  With a training day before the race we aim to be as competitive as possible whilst having as much fun as possible!

RORC De Guingand Bowl

JUNE 6 2020 Cowes

With our start from the RORC line off the Royal Yacht Squadron, passing some key landmarks. A highly technical race at almost every stage, this is a great event for understanding how important race strategy is.  It’s going to be fun!.


JUNE 20 2020 Wicklow

Ireland’s top race, Round Ireland is one of the most challenging offshore yacht races in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s calendar.  With a fleet of 60 top offshore boats comprising the cream of the UK, France and Ireland’s club offshore racing yachts this event is set to be outstanding!

Race Training Weekend

JULY 2020 Gosport

Our training weekends are the perfect environment to learn and perfect spinnaker sailing, race tactics and crew work and getting up to speed reasdy for the start of a RORC Offshore race. It’s a fun and full on weekend, come and join us!



JULY 17 2020 Cowes

Crossing the channel passing West of the Channel Islands into St Malo has got to be a highlight of the season, if we don’t get much of a chance to enjoy it during the race – we will on the way back! There will be strong competition this year, with many French boats coming over.

RORC Channel Race

AUGUST 1 2020 Cowes

Depending on the weather conditions, the race may include various marks along the way.  The race always provides a good test for our crew.  Boat speed, nav and tactics all get a chance to be tried out and optimised in this serious offshore event.

Race Training Weekend

AUGUST 2020 Gosport

Our training weekends are the perfect environment to learn and perfect spinnaker sailing, race tactics and crew work and getting up to speed reasdy for the start of a RORC Offshore race. It’s a fun and full on weekend, come and join us!




SEPTEMBER 4 2020 Cowes

The last cross channel race of the 2020 UK season, the Cherbourg race is as much about the socialising as about the dash across the channel. Great atmosphere between competing crews and excellent food when we get there makes this an event not to be missed!


OCTOBER 24 2020 Valetta

One of the classic RORC 600  mile races, the Middle Sea race is in the same league as Fastnet.  The race is a real challenge to boats and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions around this epic course.

ARC Transatlantic Race

NOVEMBER  2020 Las Palmas

The ARC Transatlantic race is one of the true classic adventures for every sailor.  Crossing the Atlantic isn’t a dream any more.
The race from Las Palmas to St Lucia has been consistantly fully booked for more than 30 years – that tells the story…  Come and join us!

race package

First Offshore Racing Weekend

First Offshore exists to bridge the gap between RYA school boats and the hot shot race boats in the RORC fleet. Our crew is mainly made up of 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.

The boat is run on the basis that everyone gets involved, everyone is aware of our race strategy and everyone gets experience of all the crew positions. Most have certain roles they specialise in, and we partner experienced with less experienced racers to learn on the racecourse as well as on our training sessions. 


When you are seeking to build your experience offshore, in the midst of a race fleet; here is your adventure.


Sailing offshore, out of sight of land, overnight to another country despite the weather – that’s the challenge!


Learning to race a high performance yacht together as a crew develops great teamwork and connection on the boat.

What are you waiting for?