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English Channel Offshore Sailing

Come with us across the English Channel – to the Channel Islands or France and gain the skills and experience you need to go 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  for milebuilding passages and fun in the English Channel!

“I wanted to go offshore sailing to challenge myself – to get outside my comfort zone but stay within the skipper’s… This did exactly that!

JE, London

First Time Offshore?

A great introduction to offshore sailing as we head out of the Solent into the Channel, hoping for sunshine!  Bring your sense of humour, your thirst for adventure and a willingness to learn.


Log your experience and miles on our channel passages – with our overnight sailing you can gain those vital night hours and miles, as we head across to France or down to the West Country.

Offshore Sailing

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 events between the Caribbean islands and compete in some of the most exciting offshore yacht races in the World.

Connect with your Crew.

Even a few days sailing brings our crew together – we build a team which creates enduring friendships..

Be totally involved.

Everyone gets a chance to be involved in our pssage planning and gets to experience all the crew positions supported by the skipper and the crew.

Sail Overnight.

Sailing under a clear night sky!  We coach you in all aspects of offshore yacht racing from sail changes to night watches


You won’t find us shouting and screaming at each other – our way is calm and supportive.  Many of our crews are sailing offshore for the first time, and are here to learn. Many are back for more experience and to take more responsibility within the crew.


Everything we do centres around providing a safe, supportive and fun experience.   First Offshore Racing run training and milebuilding events in the UK the Mediterranean and the Caribbean thoughout the year.

2020 Events

2020/2021 Sailing Events

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.