2013 Exciting times ahead

We are planning a ‘home’ based race program this year, to fulfil our quest for the longer distance races, we are hoping to take in four major races, the Fasnet, a Dutch race, simply called the 1000 Mile Race, Scarborough’s North Sea Race and another North Sea race. But the great thing is, with the exception of the Fastnet, all the races start and finish in the North Sea!

To qualify for the Fastnet, which we intend to do crewed, we need to get some distance in and to that end we hope to sail fully crewed around Bass rock and back,  which is in the Firth of Forth over the Easter period, a total of just over 300 miles. In addition we will do Scarborough Yacht Club’s North Sea Race to Ijmuiden, which collectively we hope RORC will accept as our qualification. Plan approved!

The first two handed race Emma and I will be doing is in May and is the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association’s North Sea race from Harwich to Scheveningen via a few offshore waypoints, in total around 180 nautical miles.

In June it’s the Dutch 1000 mile race, the second of our two handed races, described as the most challenging offshore race in  the uppermost North Sea. The first leg starts in Ijmuiden, heads north about 500 miles up the North Sea and finishes off in Bergen, Norway.

The second and third leg joins a famous Norwegian  race, starting in Bergan to Lerwick and back to Bergen. This will be the first time we have done the race and we are once again looking forward to meeting up with the Dutch competitors we have met in the Round Britain and Ireland Races.

July will once again see us fully crewed as we take part in Scarborough Yacht Club’s North Sea Race which finishes in Ijmuiden, a distance of just over 200 nautical miles,a race which always provides good opposition and a fair test of seamanship as you dodge the North Sea’s offshore oil and gas fields which are numerous and an increasing presence of wind farms!

And so to the BIG ONE in August and the chance to fulfil another ambition, to take part in the world famous Fastnet Race, The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s blue riband event, a biennial 608-nautical mile race, starting from Cowes, along the South coast, across the Celtic Sea, around the infamous Fastnet Rock, situated off the SW of Ireland and back to the finish line in Plymouth, leaving the Scilly Isles to port.