The CSORC Rolex Fastnet Campaign 2017
The next Fastnet race takes place in August 2017 (it's biennial), but plans are already underway for a CSORC entry. We will need to complete 300 miles of qualifying races in the 12 months prior to the race itself - probably starting in Spring next year. As in past years we will include training weekends, both ashore and on the water, prior to the first qualifying race next season. We are planning to charter a First 40 for the campaign. Watch this space or future developments.
The 2015 Campaign Story
The 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race started at Cowes on 16th August continuing along the south coast and across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet rock off Clear Island in SW Ireland, finally finishing just over 600 miles later in Plymouth. CSORC took part in Blue Juice, a First 40.7, skippered by Simon Zavad with a crew from a range of Civil Service departments. Here is their story:
Unaware of what we had let ourselves in for, CSORC's nine strong Fastnet 2015 crew began our journey in late April with a training weekend in the Solent. A week later, we embarked on the first of our three qualifying offshore races which were to include RORC's Cervantes, Myth of Malham and Channel Race. Proving challenging at times the races provided many opportunities for learning and development before the final campaign. Achieving a 3rd place finish in class in the Channel Race was beyond all expectations.
Not before long, August was upon us and an eager and enthusiastic crew met in Southampton for a last supper. The team chatted hopes and fears before bedding down in preparation for an early start to Cowes. Safely through the identity gate with the storm sails up, the anticipation was building (unlike the wind) and the start line offered a great opportunity for a last minute scope of the competition and melee of 300+ yachts. An excellent start saw Blue Juice in the first group out of the Solent towards Portland Bill before the wind dropped and progress slowed. Placing well up to Land's End, the team were hamstrung by a lack of wind once again. Even a jaunt up the mast failed to locate a useful breeze although morale was boosted by our very own pod of performing dolphins, team mascot Rebecca Rabbit, and a sausage sandwich.
A few frustrating hours later, 'faster than the wind' O Leary (the Mate) got us started towards the rock with Blue Juice crunching the miles (and blowing the genoa halyard in the process) making it round the rock just after midday on Tuesday. An exceptional performance from our skipper on the return leg saw us scream back past the Isles of Scilly with the spinnaker up and into Plymouth, arriving at 21:30 on Thursday. The 400 miles from Lands End to the Rock and to Plymouth were covered in just over 2 days! In an even quicker turnaround time, the team was showered and in the beer tent, pizza in hand. Blue Juice finished mid fleet, a really great result for a novice crew and charter yacht (we were up against olympic sailors and the best kit money can buy). Everyone had an amazing time, which included a quick breakfast and swim at Lulworth Cove on our way home. We are raring to go for our next adventure!
The qualifying races with finishing position in class IRC 2
|Cervantes Trophy||2 May||Cowes-Le Havre||22nd/23|
|Myth of Malham||23rd May||Cowes-Eddystone||18th/35|
|Channel Race||1st Aug||Round marks||3rd/23|