Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the race Category?

The Race is  Category 2 under the current World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations. Both the skipper and  boat must meet Cat 2 safety standards unless written dispensation is requested and granted by the Race Committee. A Cat 2 safety checklist must be completed as part of the entry process.


Race Category 2 - Monohulls     Monohull Checklist


Race Category 2 - Multihulls      Multihull Checklist


Are AIS and PLB required?

Yes, both AIS Class B turned on and transmitting throughout the race and a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) are required. It is strongly recommended that the PLB is worn at all times while on deck.

Please note there is a new regulation for 2018.....World Sailing OSR Cat 2 Reg 4.22.1 b) An AIS personal crew overboard beacon for each crew member.

What type of boat can race?

Any monohull with a current IRC certificate or multihull with a current MOCRA certificate and meeting current Cat 2 World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations, unless express dispensation is given by the Race Committee.

Other boats conforming with their Class Regulations e.g. Mini 650, Class 40, IMOCA 60 will be considered if there is enough interest

What are minimum stability requirements?

World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Cat 2 defines required minimum stability requirements which must be met unless express dispensation is granted by the Race Committee.

Will there be Class splits?





What experience does the Skipper need?

Each skipper will need to have substantial short handed offshore experience, including solo days and nights at sea. At least some of this solo experience should be in the boat they intend to race. Their sailing CV must be submitted to the race organisers before being allowed to race.

When will SI's be published?

Is there a Risk Assessment for the Race?

Yes. We take consideration of the risk involved in this race seriously and we strongly advise you to read and understand our Safety Issue Race Assessment before you enter this race.

CLICK HERE to download the 2018 Risk Assessment document.

Why don't you have a double handed class for the less experienced?

We did discuss having a double-handed class early on, and we have no doubt that would attract a lot of entries. However, we decided not to go down this route and to keep it as a solo event for the following reasons:

  • We are the SOLO Offshore Racing Club
  • RORC, The Royal Ocean Racing Club, already run a double-handed class in the RORC Fastnet Race, and we have no desire to compete with their fantastic world reknowned race. Many SORC skippers are also members of RORC. RORC do not officially condone solo racing, so by offering a solo only event, and in alternate years to their event, we are not competing with them.
  • We are a relatively small, volunteer run, not for profit Club and, quite simply, we would struggle with resources if the event got huge, which it would if we allowed double-handed entries.