2022 racing calendar
APRIL 14-17 2022 Cowes
A later Easter in 2022 should mean boats have plenty of time to get ready for this traditional season opener. The RORC Easter Challenge offers crews the chance for some vital pre-season training and fine-tuning.
MAY 29 2022 Cowes
The RORC domestic offshore season traditionally starts on the first UK May Bank Holiday and, for many years, has started off the RYS line in Cowes and finished in Le Havre. Starting from 0800 on Saturday 30 April 2022 the fleet will once again compete for prestigious trophies, including the Cervantes Trophy.
MAY 13 2022 Cowes
Presented to the Club by ‘Buster’ (Vice Commodore 1957-1959) and Mrs De Guingand, the Bowl goes to the winner of the annual race bearing their name. The race will head out from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, taking in headlands along the south coast and rounding marks and waypoints in the central English Channel, before returning to the Solent to finish. Complex tides add to the challenge for the skippers and crews with the course being set to take account of the expected wind and tidal conditions.
04 JUN 2022 Cowes
The race around Eddystone Lighthouse is one of the most popular as it provides crews with a great opportunity to try out the first part of the Rolex Fastnet Race course. This race takes in some of the most challenging and complex tidal gates around notable headlands that include Portland Bill and Start Point providing a real challenge for navigators and tacticians, and usually a great downwind ride back to the finish.
JUNE 18 2022 Cowes
This year’s Morgan Cup race will again finish in the beautiful harbour of Dartmouth and, so as not to reproduce another ‘Myth of Malham’ race course, some virtual waypoints will likely be used to provide some variety and different tactical challenges. One of the jewels in the crown among West Country harbours, Dartmouth, plus Kingswear opposite, and the always welcoming Royal Dart Yacht Club make this a popular sailing destination.
09 10 JULY 2022 Cowes
Over 100 years old, this is one of the oldest races in the RORC calendar with its origins in a pre-World War I race from Cowes to St Malo bay. The winner still receives the original trophy – the magnificent King Edward VII Cup, which dates from 1906. The race history makes this one of the most popular races in the calendar and a must-do race for all competitors.
23 24 July 2022 Cowes
The first Channel Race took place in 1928 with just 12 entries, including the Club’s first German entry – Mona Lisa, sailed by J H Molzier. At the time, the Fastnet Race was known as the Ocean Race and so the new Channel Race gained the name of the Junior Ocean Race.
July 30 August 06 2022 Cowes
With 40 daily sailing races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,000 competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
Race Training Weekends
First Offshore exists to bridge the gap between the top race boats and RYA school boats. Our crew is mainly made up of enthusiastic weekend sailors looking to sail on a fast and fun boat where they can build on their sailing skills and experience, log RYA miles and have a great fun time whilst doing it.
The boat is run on the basis that everyone gets involved, everyone is aware of our passage plan and everyone gets experience of all the crew positions. While we spend plenty of time on the water, we choose our destination ports for great food, great scenery and a sense of adventure.
When you are seeking to build your sailing experience, and looking for adventure; here is your inspiration.
Sailing offshore, away from the day sailors, landing on another island – that’s the adventure!
Learning to sail a high performance yacht together as a crew develops great teamwork and connection on the boat.