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Are you a weekend sailor wanting to start offshore yacht racing? Race on our First 40.7 across to France, compete in the RORC Offshore Series, the  Rolex Fastnet or realise your dream; cross the Atlantic with us on the ARC Atlantic Rally for Cruisers to the Caribbean.  No race experience needed, but if you have, develop your winning race strategies and tactics on board.

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Everything we do centres around providing a safe, supportive and fun experience.   First Offshore Racing run training weekends and compete in some of the most exciting offshore yacht racing in Europe and the Caribbean.


Our experienced race team will coach and support you in all aspects of offshore yacht racing from sail change techniques to managing an effective watch system when sailing through the night.



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.

Few sailors get the opportunity to race offshore.  Many like the idea, they just don’t think they have the skill or the experience.  Come and have some fun and make new friends doing the sport you love!

We give you the skills and the confidence to compete in RORC cross channel races throughout the summer.

Come and develop race tactics and weather routing strategies to build your competitive edge…

What are you doing at the weekend?  Come and race to France with us!

Why First Offshore racing?


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.


Everyone gets involved, everyone is aware of our race strategy and everyone gets experience of all the crew positions and we partner experienced with less experienced racers to learn on the racecourse and training sessions.


how do i start offshore yacht racing?

Few sailors have the opportunity to race offshore.  If you like the idea, but don’t think you are good or experienced enough – join our crew

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.

Run to strict MCA and RORC safety standards, First Offshore Racing take our responsibility for your wellbeing extremely seriously.  Highly experienced yachtsmen skipper our high performance race prepared yacht which offers comfort as well as speed. 

Rounding the package off with superb food (and wine when at the dock!) and bucket loads of fun – isn’t this just what you have been waiting for? 

2021/2 offshore yacht racing

Training Weekends

How to fly a Spinnaker

How to helm Downwind

How to trim sails Upwind

Race Tacking and Gybing

Channel  Crossings

St Malo
St Peter Port

ARC Transatlantic

Gosport to Las Palmas

Las Palmas to St Lucia

Antugua to Bermuda

Bermuda to Gosport



Our team are all highly experienced sailors of course – but more importantly they are highly responsible, reliable and great fun.



Nigel - Offshore Racing Skipper





What are you waiting for?