Distance (nm): 24-36 hours
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.
The race has never been a destination race, but always a designed course, originally running from Cowes to Royal Sovereign light vessel, round Cherbourg breakwater and back to Cowes via the Nab Tower, with a distance of some 251 miles. It was designed for smaller boats with a minimum LWL of 27ft (those entering the Fastnet Race at the time had to exceed 35ft, but not exceed 60ft).
Winner of the first race was Penboch, owned by Robert Somerset, a 34ft cutter built at St Servan in Brittany in 1901. Somerset himself went on to be Commodore from 1951-2. Thus the Channel Race has been a regular, long-standing fixture in the RORC programme and has, over the years even formed part of the Admiral’s Cup, as well as the Commodores’ Cup.
An offshore race prepared Beneteau First 40.7, the most successful cruiser racer ever built. Complete with race and delivery sails and several spinnakers, the boat is fast, safe and easily sailed. Down below, we have all (most) mod cons and is very comfortable. We sail with two watches, so there is always an opportunity to get involved and when you are off watch – soak in the experience, sit back and enjoy the ride!
This is an adventurous sailing trip, on an offshore race prepared yacht – so be prepared for some fast and exciting sailing…
All Safety Gear – lifejacket and personal AIS, harnesses
Wet Weather gear if required
All food onboard
All berthing fees
All race fees
Help and guidance
A whole lot of fun!
Travel to and from the yacht
Food and drink ashore