DATE: Saturday 3rd August
COURSE: Cowes – Fastnet Rock – Bishop Rock - Plymouth
DISTANCE (nm): 605
Started in 1925 when seven yachts set sail from Ryde to the Fastnet Rock to arrive in Plymouth, the infamous post-race dinner heralded the foundation of the Ocean Racing Club. Today the Rolex Fastnet Race is the most popular of the world’s classic 600 mile offshore races, attracting a diverse, international fleet of IRC yachts and grand prix classes such as the IMOCA 60s, Class40s and the MOCRA-rated multihulls.
DATE: Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September (Inshore)
DISTANCE (nm): N/A
This event returns to Cowes in 2019 and with most of the top double-handed teams already entered, it looks sure to be a hard-fought tussle for the top prize.
DATE: Wednesday 16th October
COURSE: Victoria (HK) – Nha Trang
DISTANCE (nm): 673
Organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
First run in 1996, then biennially since 2004, this year will mark the eighth edition of this, the longest Category 1 offshore race in Asia. A challenging, predominantly downwind and fast passage to Nha Trang, on the southeastern coast of Vietnam, the race has once again been recognised as a qualifying race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
DATE: Saturday 19th October
COURSE: Valletta, Strait of Messina, Stromboli, Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Valletta.
DISTANCE (nm): 608
Organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has one of the most spectacular courses of all the classic offshore races.
DATE: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th July
DISTANCE (nm): N/A
The RORC Telegraph Bowl will see the gathering of the XOD fleets from Cowes, Hamble, Itchenor, Lymington, Parkstone and Yarmouth for two days of extremely close racing, 106 years after they first raced as a class, the XOD, at 21ft, is one of the smaller keelboats to sail in the Solent, but was designed to specifically cope with these waters’ short, steep chop.
DATE: Friday 6th September
COURSE: Cowes – Cherbourg
DISTANCE (nm): 80
The Cherbourg Race is the last of the UK-based races of the RORC Season’s Points Championship and is very often the decider for the class winners. The race can be won and lost in the escape from the Solent, in the strong tides on the approach to Cherbourg and finally on the last mile along the inside of the breakwater of the Grande Rade.
DATE: Saturday 27th July
COURSE: Cowes – Solent finish, around marks
DISTANCE (nm): 24-36 hours
Often forgotten is that the Channel Race is one of the Club’s oldest events, designed by the Ocean Racing Club (as it was then) in 1928 to be the second ‘ocean race’ after the Fastnet.
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DATE: Saturday 5th May
COURSE: Cowes – Le Havre via marks
DISTANCE (nm): 110-160
The first offshore race of the domestic season is a cross-Channel dash to Le Havre. Depending on the weather conditions, the race may include various marks along the way.