You will be trained as a valued teammember aboard of an 18 meter ocean racing winner by true ocean race winning legends: Hans Bouscholte and Erik van Vuuren.
Crossing the most difficult and busiest sea in the towards the Solent, the world’s ultimate sailor’s mecca, can be found on the bucket list of many. A challenge to any navigators’ skills and as some say, if you can sail the North Sea you can sail everywhere.
When we leave Scheveningen we have a few options through the traffic separation schemes. Depending on the wind we either cross directly or if we have the regular southwesterly winds, follow the Dutch coastline towards Belgium. From the moment we set off, full focus of the team is required, considering marine traffic, tides and the weather system. While at sea, maybe escorted by porpoises, you also experience the true grandeur of the ocean.
Once arriving west, we are welcomed by the view of the White cliffs of Dover. The 8 miles of chalk cliffs are at the point where Great Britain is closest to continental Europe. Passing Dover towards Eastbourne, maritime traffic decreases significantly. East of the Seven Sister cliff formation, and beyond Belle Tout Lighthouse, we found the next easy-to-spot landmark ‘Beachy Head’. Beachy head is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level.
The last leg we continue to sail to the Solent. The entrance is marked by Solent Forts ‘No Mans Fort’ and ‘Horse Sand Fort’. These man-made island forts were originally built to protect the eastern approaches to Portsmouth Harbour from attack by enemy forces. From here we sail the last miles along the races held in front of Cowes, on the Isle of White, towards our dock.
When in Southampton area, do take the opportunity to explore Southampton, visit Cowes, the sailors mecca on the Isle of Wight and gaze at the latest racing yachts at the Hamble.
In order to feel and perform safely and securely on board, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean race training days prior to the North-and Baltic Sea 2021 departure.
Being offshore requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you want or need certifications or if they need updating. 2021 training schedules on the website. Please see the separate pages of races and training for details.
The crew will join the boat in Scheveningen-The Hague (NL) for last minute and preparation of the boat. We will undock again in Southampton, England.
On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.
BOUdragon Yacht Charter
Accommodation on board
Meals at sea (self service)
Skipper / trainers
Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
Insurance for the yacht
Airfares or other means of transportation
Shore based accommodation
Additional specialty training
Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training
What to Expect?
To optimise teamwork and operate as a winning entity, our trainers require 10 days training and races with the crew prior to the Fastnet. Always with a clear focus to teamwork and winning.
We demand and provide high safety standards of ‘man and materials’. We equip our yachts to comply to high safety standards. We provide the best trainers and skippers to prepare the team for the race. And we ask you and the other teammembers to take care of the necessary safety certifications and trainingen to guarantee the safety of us all.
The full Fastnet Race experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other racing yachts. The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the fully upgraded former successful Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’.
Advanced Ocean Race training days
In order to feel and perform safely and securely on board, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean Race training days prior to the North Sea and Solent 2021departure.
2021 schedules are shared.
Being offshore on the North Sea and Solent requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you want or need certifications or if they need updating. Consider at least: First Aid certification on board (3 year validity), Offshore Personal Survival Training (5 year validity) and VHF certification (lifetime validity).
2021 training schedules on the website.
16 July 2021 preparation and North Sea and Solent 2021departure from Scheveningen(NL), and arrival in Southampton vicinity (GB). Expect 3 days.
To experience a true ocean in an epic race requires perfect teamwork on a true ocean racing yacht.
Both Hans and Erik are best in class trainers and skippers: