December 10, 2010
…….to boldy go where only 299 other boats will be going in August 2011!
The Fastnet Race is one of the best known offshore races and one with a fearsome reputaion. Organised by RORC, the race has a strict limit of 300 boats – our first step is to get our entry registered just as soon as RORC let us in January.
After that our team will develop their skills aboard Prime Evil throughout the campaign. This blog is here to help friends, family and anybody else who interested follow our adventures.
The team philosophy is to "give crew the chance to develop their skills throughout he campaign, racing as hard as we can without breaking the crew or boat – and all wanting a beer together when we reach Plymouth.
Our plans for the campaign are :-
15th January – Crew Get Together at the Boatshow, our first chance to get to know each other, grab a beer and talk sailing.
19-20th March – Sea Survival and Heavy Weather Training – getting to grips with what to do should things take a turn for the worst, this is one of the most important bits of training we will do.
22-25th April – Race Training session – we will be sailing together as a team for the first time, getting plenty of practice sail changing, using kites and crossing the Channel.
30th April – 2nd May – Cervantes Trophy – our first qualifier from Cowes to Le Havre. We also plan to take part in the race back to Cowes weather permitting.
17-20th June – Morgan Cup – racing around marks from Cowes to Cherbourg
8-12th July – Cowes to St Malo Race – our final qualiier before the main event. We are hoping for a decent run ashore in St Malo – tt would be rude not to wouldn’t it?
13-21st August – The Fastnet – the culmination of our training, the race starts on the 14th then 608 miles later we finish in Plymouth.
Keep a sharp look out for us on the water, and if you spot us, do come and say “Hi”