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2023 Offshore Racing Programme

Sunsail Weekend Racing Events for 2023

Organised by Sunsail Events in Port Solent, racing takes place in the Eastern Solent on the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend concerned. We meet up on the Friday evening at Port Solent and enjoy a meal out together, then on Saturday night, we stay over in Cowes and sample some of the delights it has to offer. We have recently heard from Sunsail/Prometheus that the 2023 charter rates will remain the same as 2022: this is great news in these difficult times, and this means we will be able to offer a weekend of Sunsail racing for around £230 per head, which still represents tremendous value for money. Mark Bowers is organising our boat entries in 2023, so please get in touch with him to book your place and ask any questions you may have. Here is the Sunsail racing programme:-

Round Dates Places Available Places Booked
1 March 25/26 0 Fully booked
2 April 15/16 0 Fully booked
4 July 15/16 0 Fully booked
5 October 14/15 0 Fulbooked - MB, GJ, TD, JSD, PN, SOJ, SO, JB
Final November 4/5 0 Fully booked - MB, GJ, EH, HJ, JSD, NW, NB, JS

We have qualified for the final and the dates have been confirmed by Sunsail / Prometheus (see above). If you have sailed with the crew during the year, your booking request will be given priority.

Round The Island Race 2023

The RTIR is organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes and is one of those races all sailors must do, at least once. The atmosphere both in Cowes and at the start line is fantastic. And when you look back towards Cowes and see 500+ boats behind you, it is an amazing sight you will never forget.

Nina Wilson is organising our entry in 2023, so please get in touch with her to ask any questions you may have.

We are planning to enter a single Sunfast 41: here is an outline of the programme:-

Day Date Programme
Thursday Evening June 29th Join the boat at Port Solent and meet up with your fellow crew-mates from about 7pm.
Friday June 30th Practice Day !!! - On Friday morning we will sail down the Solent, practising our boat handling skills, check out the starting area and arrive at Cowes Yacht Haven in the afternoon.
Saturday July 1st Race Day !! - An early get-up for an early race start. The actual race starts and finishes outside Cowes Harbour, so it will be very busy with over 1000 participating boats. It will be a full day's race, and on returning back to Cowes in the evening you'll be feeling triumphant and shattered !! Enjoy the festivities !!!
Sunday July 2nd On Sunday morning, after a lazy get-up and breakfast, we will have a leisurely sail back to Port Solent, arriving back at base by 4.30pm latest.


Based on a crew of 8 per boat, the approximate cost per person will be £660. The cost includes race entry, two nights berthing at Cowes, dinner onboard on Thursday evening, all breakfasts, lunches and snacks over the weekend, fuel, wet weather gear and lifejackets, and an insurance damage liability limitation waiver cost of £400 per boat (to be confirmed). This insurance waiver would reduce the crew's maximum liability from £3,500 currently to around £1,500, in the event of a claim.

A deposit of £100 is required to reserve your place and the remaining balance will be due 12 weeks before the event, on Friday 14th April. The deposit is refundable if you cancel prior to 14th April, but once the balance is paid, the whole amount is not refundable and if you cancel, you will forfeit the whole amount.

RTIR Bookings Status

Boat Skipper Places Available Places Booked
1 Nina 0 Fully booked

Island Sailing Club RTIR Website

Island Sailing Club Webcam

2023 JOG Race Programme

We have secured the bareboat charter of Emily of Cowes for the 25-27th August 2023 Cowes-St. Peter Port JOG offshore race. The summary programme is as follows:-

  • Meet up at Deacon's Marina, Hamble on Emily of Cowes at 1200 hrs Friday 25/08/23.
  • 1400 Slip moorings Hamble and cruise to Cowes
  • JOG race starts from Egypt Point at 1900 hrs for Class 1.
  • 90 nm race via Casquets arriving at St Peter Port, Guernsey on Saturday morning.
  • Saturday afternoon and evening in St. Peter Port.
  • Depart St. Peter Port early Sunday morning (approx. 0200) to get the tide through the Alderney Race / Ortac Channel, arriving back at Hamble by approximately 2000 hrs on Sunday.
  • Depart for home..

The boat has a full crew of 9 comprising a mix of 2021 Fastnet vets, 2023 C2R debs and of course Shustoke Offshore regulars !!

Emily of Cowes - 2023 Race Programme

Richard Oswald is running an interesting scratch-crew JOG offshore race programme, at rates which represent excellent value, including a 30% reduction for students. The main races are as follows:-

  • 13-14th May Cowes-Weymouth
  • 9-11th June Cowes-Alderney
  • 7-10th July. Cowes-St Malo
  • 29-30th September Cowes-Cherbourg
  • 19th November. Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

For more details, check out the website Emily of Cowes

If you are interested, contact Richard directly Richard Oswald, or mobile, +44 7990875563.

Fastnet 2023 / RORC Racing / JOG Racing

For all other enquiries including the Fastnet, RORC racing and JOG racing, please email Geoff Johns - Take care all.

For details about our policy on risk and insurance, please consult Offshore Section - Risk and Insurance.

Last updated 15:28 on 12 November 2023

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