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  • Event date: 16/08/2020
  • Event end: 21/08/2020
  • When: JUL-SEP
  • Duration: 1 week

The Lonely Rock Race a classic 608-mile race is organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC) in association with The Royal Victoria Yacht Club. This biennial race will be held in a non-Fastnet-year and follows the original old Fastnet course.

The Lonely Rock Race starts from the vicinity of Ryde in the Eastern Solent. The course will leave the Isles of Scilly to Port, round the Fastnet Rock to Port, pass the Isles of Scilly once again to Port and finally finish in Plymouth Sound.

The name ‘Lonely Rock’ is a loose translation of the Gaelic name – ‘An Charraig Aonair’ for Fastnet Rock. The original course dates back to 1925, when two members of the RWYC famously made a bet on who could win a race around this notorious landmark, starting from Ryde and Finishing in the Port of Plymouth.

 

Lonely Rock Race
Difficulty Level:
Tough
Price:

3000 EUR

Training

There will be a minimum qualifying experience requirement of 300 nautical miles of offshore sailing on the boat before the race. Qualifying must be completed by a minimum of 50% of the crew. Therefore we will be providing a qualifying offshore cruise as training and for the boat familiarisation.

One of the options is to join on a delivery cruise from Vigo in Spain to Cowes on Isle of Wight which will take 4 days. Depending on-demand and preference we will pick a date.

Race Program

  • Sunday 16th August 2020: The Start of the Race 1100 British Summer Time (BST)
  • Tuesday 18 Aug 2020: QAB Race village opens in expectation of early finishers
  • Friday 21 Aug 2020: Prize Giving RWYC

Competitors will be temporary members of the RWYC, and you and your families and friends are invited to make full use of the RWYC bar and catering facilities during the race.

The Race Office will be open from 1000 to 1600 on Saturday 8th August to Saturday 15h August at Cowes and Sunday 16th August to Friday 21st August 2020 at the RWYC.

You must have offshore experience

The RWYC Lonely Rock Race is not a race for novices. Every crew member must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.

Safety and Life-Saving Equipment – lifejackets must be worn, and crew overboard beacons must be carried, at all times while on deck.

Qualifying Experience requirement

The minimum qualifying experience requirement is 300 nautical miles of offshore sailing on the boat entered into the Race within 18 months of the start of the Race. This may be completed in one race, two races one of which must be overnight, or a single offshore cruise of 300 miles measured between not more than 2 turning points. Qualifying must be completed by a minimum of 50% of the crew including the Person in Charge.

Offshore Personal Survival Training

At least 30% of the boat’s crew, including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

At least one member of the boat’s crew must have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

  • Travel

    Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and with its prominent position along the seafront and hovercraft and passenger ferry links it is little wonder it is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island”. How to get there

    Accommodation

    As a long-established seaside resort Ryde has a number of traditional hotels and guesthouses available to those looking for accommodation. There are also various holiday cottage options in Ryde for those looking for self-catering

    Explore the Isle of Wight

    Isle of Wight is worth exploring. Think of rolling hills and picturesque villages. You find stately homes but also medieval castles. Fish and chips by the sea, gorgeous local produce in oak-beamed pubs but also Michelin-starred restaurants. Check out the visit Isle of Wight website to see just how much the island has to offer.

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Program

Training

There will be a minimum qualifying experience requirement of 300 nautical miles of offshore sailing on the boat before the race. Qualifying must be completed by a minimum of 50% of the crew. Therefore we will be providing a qualifying offshore cruise as training and for the boat familiarisation.

One of the options is to join on a delivery cruise from Vigo in Spain to Cowes on Isle of Wight which will take 4 days. Depending on-demand and preference we will pick a date.

Race Program

  • Sunday 16th August 2020: The Start of the Race 1100 British Summer Time (BST)
  • Tuesday 18 Aug 2020: QAB Race village opens in expectation of early finishers
  • Friday 21 Aug 2020: Prize Giving RWYC

Competitors will be temporary members of the RWYC, and you and your families and friends are invited to make full use of the RWYC bar and catering facilities during the race.

The Race Office will be open from 1000 to 1600 on Saturday 8th August to Saturday 15h August at Cowes and Sunday 16th August to Friday 21st August 2020 at the RWYC.

Requirements

You must have offshore experience

The RWYC Lonely Rock Race is not a race for novices. Every crew member must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.

Safety and Life-Saving Equipment – lifejackets must be worn, and crew overboard beacons must be carried, at all times while on deck.

Qualifying Experience requirement

The minimum qualifying experience requirement is 300 nautical miles of offshore sailing on the boat entered into the Race within 18 months of the start of the Race. This may be completed in one race, two races one of which must be overnight, or a single offshore cruise of 300 miles measured between not more than 2 turning points. Qualifying must be completed by a minimum of 50% of the crew including the Person in Charge.

Offshore Personal Survival Training

At least 30% of the boat’s crew, including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

At least one member of the boat’s crew must have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

Tips
  • Travel

    Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and with its prominent position along the seafront and hovercraft and passenger ferry links it is little wonder it is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island”. How to get there

    Accommodation

    As a long-established seaside resort Ryde has a number of traditional hotels and guesthouses available to those looking for accommodation. There are also various holiday cottage options in Ryde for those looking for self-catering

    Explore the Isle of Wight

    Isle of Wight is worth exploring. Think of rolling hills and picturesque villages. You find stately homes but also medieval castles. Fish and chips by the sea, gorgeous local produce in oak-beamed pubs but also Michelin-starred restaurants. Check out the visit Isle of Wight website to see just how much the island has to offer.

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