RORC Channel Race 2021

Dating back to 1928, the Channel Race is one of the oldest races organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

About this race

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.

  • 24 – 25 July 2021
  • Southampton (GB) – Southampton (GB)
  • Race Experience – 160 NM – 2 Days
  • € 990,00

Dating back to 1928, the Channel Race is one of the oldest races organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Nearly 95 years ago, the now legendary Channel Race was first known as The Junior Ocean Race. The RORC in association with the Royal Yacht Squadron, originally set this race up as a shorter alternative to the Fastnet Race. Today it functions as an intensive warm-up for that race. 

The moment the canons are fired from the Royal Yacht Squadron on July 24th, the international fleet of racing yachts will head towards the English Channel. The teams will follow a 250-mile triangular course around the Isle of Wight. Iconic landmarks like The Needles and the lighthouse at St Catherine’s Point will be passed during this intense race.

The final stretch on the eastern approach to the Solent often has a sting in its tail: from what side will we approach and pass No Man’s Land Fort? How will we tackle the treacherous sand banks at Ryde Sands? 

Expect a course that gives a variety of wind angles and fair tidal gates, so it should be a real test of the all-round ability of the crew and boats. The last edition of the RORC Channel Race in 2019, our co-captain Erik van Vuuren, outshone all his competitors by winning The Channel Race, using his tactical and technical skills to lead his team to victory. 

Do you have what it takes?

The RORC Channel Race 2021 counts as a qualifier event for the Fastnet Race 2021, where teams require minimum 300 NM of offshore races, including at least one night at sea. To master your role on board, we recommend to prepare with our Advanced Ocean Race training.
In addition to the qualifier mileage, and training, any offshore race requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you 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).

Departure & Return Location

For the RORC Channel Race 2021, crew will join the boat in Southampton (GB) for last minute and preparation of the boat before the race. The finish is also in Southampton (GB).

On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.

Price Includes

BOUdragon Yacht Charter

Accommodation on board

Meals at sea (self service)

Skipper / trainers


Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)

Mooring Fees

Insurance for the yacht


Price Excludes

Airfares or other means of transportation

Meals offboard

Transfers airport-marina-airport

Shore based accommodation

Wet gear

Personal insurance
Additional specialty training

Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training

What to Expect?


To optimise teamwork and operate as a team, we advise to prepare with our Advanced Ocean Race training by out toptrainers. To feel at ease during the trip, to be part of the crew and perform as one team Advanced Ocean Race training days are recommended.

High safety standards

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.

Competitive ocean racer

The full Ocean Race experience comes from pushing our limits and play with the elements on an ocean racer. 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 fully perform with the team, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean race training days prior to the start of RORC Channel Race 2021.
2021 schedules are shared.

Specialty training

Being offshore requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you need certifications or if they need updating. 2021 training schedules on the website.


June 24th preparation and start of RORC Channel Race 2021

Your next Ocean Race Experience?

Skippers / trainers

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:

Hans Bouscholte

A wel known well-known and former skipper of BrunelSunergy, also an entry in the 1997-98 race. He won 2 world champion titles, 4 european champion titles, 3 world record and 7 French champion titles.

Erik van Vuuren

One of the best all-round big boat sailors of the Netherlands. He won 2 world champion titles, 2 time winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, winner of the epic Admirals Cup, >25 times national champion, winner of the UK doublehanded national title, and teamcaptain of the 1st ever non-stop Atlantic kitesurf crossing.

The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’

The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the successful former Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’. Record-holder Silk was originally raced by Britain’s Lawrie Smith and started the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as the pre-race favourite, with odds of 7:2. The combination of Lawrie Smith as skipper and strong funding held good promise. A fast boat, with the skipper willing to take some chances, Silk Cut, claimed a new 24-hour monohull world record of 449.1 nm, averaging 18.71 knots on Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa to Fremantle, Western Australia.

However, Smith’s luck ran out, when, on Leg 5, from Auckland to Saõ Sebastião in Brazil, the wind gusted to 68 knots and, 2,000 nm from land, Silk Cut’s mast snapped at the second spreader and Smith headed for Ushuaia, the southernmost port in the world and retired from the leg. With a new mast, Silk Cut’s form improved with a win on Leg 6 from Saõ Sebastião to Ft Lauderdale, USA, beating Paul Cayard and EF Language, the eventual race winner, by 78 minutes. But, in a fleet made up of 10 Whitbread 60s, Silk Cut was only able to finish midway through the field, in fifth place overall.

Now called BOUdragon, Silk Cut has been completely renovated. BOUdragon is also the ocean racer to train young talent with the ambition to sail big racing yachts, and a springboard to races like the Ocean Race.

About BOUdragon

  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Launched 17 February 1997
  • LOA: 18m

Results Whitbread Round the World Race 1997-98

  • 24-hour monohull world record Leg 2 449.1 nm
  • Winner Leg 6
  • 5th place overall