The 2021 edition is a special one. 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.
The race began as a challenge between a few competing yachts in 1925. Today, the Fastnet Race runs every two years. Until today, the 608 nautical mile course runs from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, west to the Fastnet Rock lighthouse off the south-west corner of Ireland before returning to finish off Plymouth.
The 2021 edition is different to any previous edition. Setting off from the Royal Yacht Squadron line on Sunday 8 August 2021 on the Solent. Expect an impressive 400 race teams to pass the Needles with you. Its challenges include negotiating infamous headlands and tidal gates such as St Albans Head, Portland Bill, The Lizard and Land’s End, and facing prevailing south-westerlies and gales in the Celtic towards the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. Once around the Rock, it’s back south wards, round the Scilly Isles then south east across the English Channel towards Cherbourg. Thus adding an extra 100 miles to a lengthy 700 nautical mile race and the challenge how best to tackle one of Europe most powerful tidal gates between Alderney and Cape de la Hague.
Veterans know, the Rolex Fastnet Race remains the least predictable and arguably still the toughest race. It certainly will put all of the teams’ skills to the test. You have to be prepared as a team for anything, as this race will generally throw it all at you. Due to its demanding reputation, there is strict entry criteria for Rolex Fastnet Race.
In the year prior to the race the yacht and majority of crew must have completed 300 miles in offshore racing, as a team. With this in mind, training days are included.
Training days are a choice of regular training days, offshore experiences and the following pre-qualifying races: North Sea Regatta offshore race (May 11th, 2021), North Sea Race (May 14th, 2021), and Channel Race (July 24th, 2021).
In addition to the qualifier mileage, any offshore race requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you need certifications or if they need updating.
Consider at least:
For the Fastnet, crew will join the boat in Southampton area for last minute training and preparation of the boat before the race.
The finish is in Cherbourg, France.
On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.
Race Entry Fee
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
Personal locating beacon
Airfares or other means of transportation
Shore based accommodation
Additional safety 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’.
2021 schedules are shared; reserve 10 days on Training-qualification Races and training days. The 2 days prior to the start of Rolex Fastnet Race are mandatory.
Option 1 – Training-qualification Race
Tue 11th May 2021- North Sea Regatta
Scheveningen (NL) – Harwich (GB)
The North Sea Regatta ‘Vuurschepen’ Offshore Race is a 130nm race crossing the North Sea from Scheveningen to Harwich. Counts as 2 training days.
Option 2 – Training-qualification Race
Tue 14th May 2021- RORC North Sea Race
Harwich (GB) – Scheveningen (NL)
The RORC North Sea Race is a 180nm offshore race crossing the North Sea from Harwich to Scheveningen. Counts as 2 training days.
Option 3 – Training-qualification Race
Friday 24th July 2021- Cowes – Dinard-St Malo Race
A 110-160 mile race around the Isle of Wight and marks in the Solent. Counts as 2 training days.
Training Days – mandatory
6th / 7th August 2021- Mandatory 2 training and preparation days
Rolex Fastnet Race
8th August 2021
The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most famous ocean yacht races in the world. 700 mile race from Southampton (GB) to Cherbourg (F) via the Irish Fastnet Rock will put all of the teams’ skills to the test.
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: