RORC Offshore Racing

(1 customer review)


Individual places are available for RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) offshore yacht races. Ideal if you can’t commit to a whole season or perhaps just want to try out offshore racing to see what it’s about. These weekend adventures are both challenging and rewarding. All necessary training is provided and there’s no specific pre-requisite qualification for this campaign, however, we do recommend having done at least the Competent Crew course or have similar experience.


RORC Racing Schedule:

  • Cervantes Trophy: 4th – 6th May 2019
  • Myth of Malham: 24th – 26th May 2019
  • De Guingand Bowl: 7th – 9th June 2019
  • Morgan Cup: 21st – 23rd June 2019
  • Cowes-Dinard-St Malo: 12th – 15th July 2019
  • Channel Race: 27th – 28th July 2019
  • Cherbourg Race: 6th – 8th September 2019

RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) is the premier offshore racing authority organising many iconic races around the globe. Bi-annually, RORC runs the Rolex Fastnet, one of the worlds’ most iconic races. This race makes up one race of the season with many others combining to create a season championship. Each race follows a different course, each unique in its set of challenges. Polka Sailing has been extremely competitive over the last few seasons, placing highly amongst the Sailing School boats and coming 3rd in that class in 2017 Fastnet. Our meticulously well maintained Beneteau is fully race-prepared and looking for enthusiastic crew to help better her previous results. In 2019 we will be entering all UK based RORC races alongside running our Fastnet campaign. This is the ideal opportunity to get involved with offshore racing without having to commit huge amounts of time. All available races are listed above, just select the ones you’d like to be part of. If you’re looking to actively contribute to a competitive team, we’d love you to welcome you aboard. Get in Touch if you have any questions or want to talk more about the races, format etc.

We sail from Hamble Yacht Services. Our adventures start here! Hamble Yacht Services offers easy access from the M27, has plenty of parking and nearby access to the bars and restaurants of Hamble.

There’s plenty of free parking on site.

Polka – GBR912R

Polka is a meticulously maintained Beneteau First 34.7, fully race prepared. She has a carbon mast and rod rigging and flies an asymmetric spinnaker from a retractable carbon bowsprit.
We carry a full race sail inventory including:

  • Carbon Membrane Main Sail
  • Membrane Jibs (No. 1 & No. 3)
  • Heavy Weather Jib
  • Storm Jib
  • TrySail
  • Code 0 Asymmetric
  • A2 Asymmetric
  • A4 Asymmetric

Polka is MCA coded and compliant with ISAF category 1 offshore racing. She carries all the latest safety equipment, above and beyond the requirements of both bodies. All crew whilst onboard have a Spinlock Pro-sensor lifejacket allocated for their use. (The Skippers rules when to wear them will be applied at all times).


Product Enquiry

  • What's included?

    • Accommodation on board the yacht, including meals, drinks and snacks (meals and drinks ashore are not included)
    • Lifejacket and safety harness
    • All race entry fees
    • All yacht expenses (berthing & fuel)
    • Professionally qualified, insured  Skipper
    • Polka Sailing Team Polo shirt

  • What do I need to bring?

    Obviously a lot depends on the time of year, however whatever the season, it is always cooler at sea. It's also an outdoor, water sport so getting wet is part of the fun!

    What you'll need:

    • Enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved!
      Wet weather gear – An outer, waterproof layer, with a hood*
    • Several warm layers
    • Sailing gloves (not just for warmth, for handling ropes)
    • Waterproof, non-marking boots
    • Non-marking shoes or trainers
    • Sunhat (or cap)
    • Suncream
    • Sunglasses – polarised are best as they got glare
    • Sleeping bag
    • Quick drying towel

    * We can lend waterproofs if required, please let us know at time of booking

    Marine Superstore has good pricing & normally a good ‘Sail Rail‘. We can also secure a discount on full price Musto clothing. Get in touch to find out more.

  • Is there anywhere to park my car?

    There's free parking on site where the boat's moored at Hamble Yacht Services. For directions, click here. You'll get details of how to get access in the joining instructions which are emailed to you just prior to your booking start date.

    Note: We do not take any responsibility for the security of your vehicle or possessions in your vehicle whilst parked on site.

  • 1 review for RORC Offshore Racing

    1. Mike.talbot

      As a relative latecomer to sailing I wanted to improve my skills in challenging conditions and have the benefit of an experienced skipper to guide me through it. Having completed the 3 races, Cervantes trophy, Myth of Malham and the de Guingand bowl I made the right choice with Polka sailing. The knowledge and experience which Marcus shares with the crew is invaluable and also his ability to monitor the crew to ensure they are operating within their limits is exceptional. I have grown in confidence and experienced weather and sea conditions that I would not have if left to carry on cruising! I am really looking forward to the Morgan Cup next and then the Fastnet itself. Sign up for 2021 you won’t regret it.

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