Is it ‘time’ for your 2013 Challenge? Could it be the Rolex Fastnet Race?
The 608 mile Rolex Fastnet Race takes place every other year and has the reputation of a gruelling, challenging race attracting worldwide entries, and is the highlight of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) calendar. Starting in Cowes, the race heads past Lands End, around the Fastnet Rock off South West Ireland before finishing in Plymouth.
Challenge Wales is an experienced racing vessel, with two round-the-world races under her belt having raced in the Global Challenge. At 72-ft she will be one of the larger vessels crossing the start line. She won’t be the only Challenge 72 yacht racing in the Rolex Fastnet Race and with up to seven of them vying for the best start position this could probably be the largest fleet of Challenge yachts racing together since the last round-the-world race they competed in.
Since competing in the Global Challenge races Challenge Wales has had a more sedate life as Wales’ sail training vessel but she has continued to be a competitive boat. In 2011 she beat the other Challenge 72’s and half the Clipper fleet in the Round the Island Race (RTIR). Of the 2,000 boats that registered to start the 2011 RTIR she finished 30th in her class. In 2012 she won Line honours in a youth race from London to the Olympic Village in Portland and a couple of months later picked up First in Class and Most Miles Sailed in a tactical race between Dublin and Liverpool in the Tall Ships Irish Sea Regatta.
It’s not just the boat that works hard in these races but down to the energy, sweat, hard work and commitment that those onboard have to put in from the start line to the finish line. Throw in a racing tactician and the Challenge Wales enjoyment factor and you have the perfect vessel to sail on for the Rolex Fastnet Race.
There is a strict entry criteria for yachts and crews wanting to take part in this race to ensure everyone is fully prepared and the Challenge Wales Fastnet Campaign will ensure you meet this. We will be racing in two RORC races prior to the Fastnet event, the Myth of Malham from Cowes to Eddystone Lighthouse (near Plymouth) and back to Cowes (May), and the Lyver Trophy, which races from Holyhead to Howth, Southern Ireland (July).
We’re starting to get excited about this. When the going gets tough, Challenge Wales gets going…are you going to join us too?
One of the other reasons we are getting excited about this is that the Rolex Fastnet Campaign is the 2013 Challenge Wales main fundraising event and money raised through people taking part on Challenge Wales will be helping to support young people in the UK wishing to sail train on the Challenge Wales yacht. If you are wanting to use this race yourself as your own sailing challenge then we’re the boat for you. You can also use Virgin Money Giving to help you raise funds.
12 berths are available on Challenge Wales. If you are looking for a challenge and hard work then request a Challenge Wales Role Fastnet Campaign pack by emailing the Challenge Wales office or giving us a call on 029 20 220 266.
See you at the Rolex Fastnet start line!