Muckle Flugga. The most northerly headland of The British Isles. Latitude 60° 51'N
Starting in Cowes on 12th August, the 1,800 mile biannual SevenStar Round Britain & Ireland Race in undoubtedly one of the toughest offshore races in the The World. Think of it as 3 Fastnet or Sydney - Hobart Races back-to-back.
Not only is it long, taking between 12 and 18 days, depending on the weather, but the course takes you through some of the least sailed waters of Northern Europe, more normally the home of deep sea fishing vessels and oil-rig support craft. The Bishop Rock, Mizen Head, St Kilda, Muckle Flugga, Rattray Head, North Foreland, Dungeness & Beachy Head are just some of the major headlands you'll pass.
You can expect strong winds, big seas, periods of calm, whales and dolphins, thousands of sea-birds, elation and fatigue.
You need to be 100% confident that you're up for it and we need to know that you're not coming as a passenger or likely to become a liability to yourself or your crewmates.
So we've organised a training day and a programme of 4 shorter offshore races starting in May. This will equip you with the know-how and experience necessary to make the Round Britain & Ireland Race an enjoyable, one-in-a-lifetime experience.
UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY HIGHLY-EXPERIENCED YOU MUST COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 2 OUT OF THE 4 RACES MARKED * BELOW BEFORE SHIPPING AS CREW FOR THE ROUND BRITAIN & IRELAND (+ see previous experience & physical fitness below)
|Friday 25th May||Training Day in the Solent|
|Saturday 26th - Monday 28th May||
RORC Myth of Malham Race*
Cowes to The Eddystone Rock (off Plymouth) and back to Cowes. 265 miles
|Friday 22nd June - Sunday 24th June||
RORC Morgan Cup Race*
Cowes to Dartmouth. 120-150 miles
Cruise back. 120 miles
|Friday 13th July to Monday 16th July||
RORC St Malo Race*
Cowes to St Malo. 151 miles.
Cruise back. 151 miles
|Saturday 28th July - Sunday 29th July||
RORC Channel Race*
Cowes, round sundry marks in The Channel and back to Cowes
|Saturday 11th August||
Boat preparation including loading stores and race briefing in Cowes
|Sunday 12th August||
2010 SevenStar Round Britain & Ireland Race
1,800 miles 12-18 days
Your Duties Onboard Scarlet Oyster
We expect all crew members to take part in every aspect of crewing Scarlet Oyster including: setting, taking down and packing sails (including spinnakers), reefing, all maneuvers, sail-trimming, keeping a lookout, steering, cooking and daily cleaning (including the heads!).
You will be assigned to a watch. According to the conditions and operational needs of the boat you might be on watch for, for example, 4 hours and then off watch for fours hours. However, all personal care, cooking, cleaning etc. is performed in your off watch, so you can't expect more than about 6-8 hours sleep in 24. There will also be times when all hands are required on deck for certain maneuvers.
Whist responsibility for race strategy and navigation will fall to the skipper and mate, they will involve all crew in their decision making process. Please remember though, that a racing yacht is not run as a democracy and the skipper's word is final.
Ideally you will have already competed in a major offshore race such as The Fastnet or Sydney Hobart. If not you must have undertaken at least one significant offshore passage under sail, taking an active part in crewing the boat, including standing night watches. You will need to know your susceptibility to sea-sickness and whether you can cope with it without the option of being put ashore. Your suitability will be assessed during the training weekend and precursor races and, if we have any concerns, we will discuss them with you afterwards with the option to remove you from the crew for the Round Britain & Ireland, in which case you will be refunded pro-rata.
You must be reasonably fit and exhibit sufficient stamina to perform your duties onboard for up to 18 days, standing watch in all weathers and sometimes enjoying very little sleep. Age is not necessarily a factor, although we cannot accept crew members under 18, however if you suffer from diabetes, a heart-condition or high-blood pressure we reserve the right to request that you undertake a medical and to refuse your booking. Of course you will be provide with a lifejacket but you should be able to swim.
What's Not Included:
You will be provided with a full list before your first race.
Please note that keeping weight to the minimum is crucial to performance and, with 12 crew, space is at a premium. So you will only be permitted to bring the very minimum of personal gear onboard. Expect to live in the same clothes for days on end.