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A guide for entrants - With previous Fastnet Experience

For those who are seasoned Rolex Fastnet Race Competitors, we have assembled a list of the main changes to the 2015 edition of the race. We assume that you are checking this with the intention of competing in the same boat and with a similar crew as in 2015 - so we are skipping through all the boat and crew eligibility here. But whether a "Veteran" of the race or not, you are - of course - still subject to all the criteria. Have a look at the "Complete Guide" if in doubt.

Important Dates and Entry Information

EventDate (2017)Competitor Info
Registration Opens Mon 09 Jan
12:00 hrs UTC

From this date you can log into your REMUS account and add your boat to the Registration List for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017.

After Sunday 15th Jan, all registered boats will be sorted and places offered on a first come, first served basis, with RORC members receiving priority over non-members. Boats registering after this date will allocated places on a first come, first served basis regardless of membership.

50% fee Within 10 days of entry Once you have been allocated a place in the race, the RORC Race Team will inform you and officially enter the boat. From that date of entry, 50% of the entry fee must be paid within 10 days. This part of the entry fee is non-refundable.
Proposal As soon as possible after entry You must email the Race Team detailing your plan to meet the qualification requirement.
Qualification As per proposal You must email the Race Team once you have completed qualification as per your proposal.
Closing Date Thu 20 July

Make sure you have paid the full Race Entry Fee by the Closing Date so as not to incur the Late Payment Charge.

By this date send in your completed OSR Checklist, completed to Category 2.

Rating Deadline Thu 27 July Your yacht must hold a valid rating/class certificate by this deadline. After this date any changes are in exceptional circumstances only and at the discretion of the RORC.
Race Check-in Sat 29 July - Sat 05 Aug At the RORC Office, The Disrespect, Cowes, Isle of Wight. Sailing Instructions are available only after completing registration.
Skippers Briefing Sat 05 Aug, 1700 This will be held in the RORC Clubhouse, Cowes.
Start Sun 6 Aug, 1100 Start times and starting groups will be detailed in the Sailing Instructions.

Summary of significant changes for 2017

Closing Date

In addition to settling the balance of the entry fee, by Thursday 20th July 2017 we also require that you hand in to the Race Office, by email, post or otherwise, your OSR Checklist completed to Category 2. If you have already filled out an OSR Checklist to Category 3 (as you would have had to for most of the preceeding RORC Offshore Races) then please ensure that by this date you have sent us the additional information to meet Category 2.

Rating Deadline

All yachts must hold a valid rating/class certificate by end of day, Thursday 27th July 2017. Only non IRC yachts must submit a copy of their class certificate to the RORC (Certificates are still required to be carried aboard the boat). After the deadline any rating changes are in expectional circumstances only and at the discretion of the RORC.

REMUS and RCMS

All entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race must be entered via REMUS and all crew lists must be received via RCMS. Please see the guide for their use here. In exceptional circumstances and at the RORC's discretion, entries or crew lists may be accepted by alternative means.

Boat equipment - Cat 2 MOB Alarm

One of the main amendments in the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations is that from January 2012 boats racing in Category 2 races should be equipped with an EPFS (Electronic Position-Fixing System) capable of recording a man overboard position within 10 seconds and monitoring that position.

FAQ: How do I meet the requirement in OSR 4.28.3 for a man overboard alarm immediately accessible to a helmsman?

Combined Lifejacket and Harness & Spares (OSR 5.01 & 5.02)

RORC requires all crew to have a combined Lifejacket and Harness. See RORC Prescritions. The regulations also require a boat to carry a spare combination Lifejacket and Harness and a spare gas cylinder and, if appropriate, a spare activation head for each type of lifejacket carried aboard.

Boat equipment - possible amendments

There may be further amendments to ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2017 which will be published by the ISAF in due course and made available on the RORC website; this document will then be updated.

Entry Fees 2017

Entry Fees 2017 - shown in £ Sterling

To follow shortly....

Summary of other requirements

Below is a list of other requirements that have not changed since 2013 but will have to be considered:

Crew Qualification

The basic requirements of the crew to qualify have not changed from 2013. A brief description follows; further information can be found in the Complete Guide:

  • Minimum experience requirement of 300 miles of offshore racing completed by 50% of the crew (but not less than 2), including the Person in Charge, and within 12 months preceeding the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race
  • At least 30% of the boat's crew (but not less than 2), including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations since 1 January 2010

  • Minimum of 1 member of the boat's crew must hold a in-date First Aid Certificate completed within the last five years. Please note that some first aid certificates only have a validity of three years.

Training

Please note that training certificates must be completed to Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations since 1 January 2010. More information on training can be found in the Complete Guide.

Boat Suitablity

The basic requirements of the boat's suitability have not changed from 2013, although there is a new exemption from Monohull maximum length for yachts entered into the Transatltantic Race 2015. A brief description follows and further information can be found in the Complete Guide:

 MonohullMultihull
Speed
  • must have an IRC Rating of 0.850 or greater
  • For non-IRC rated boats alternative criteria may be used, e.g. IMOCA 60, Class40
  • Visit www.ircrating.org for more information on IRC Rating
  • must have a MOCRA Rating of 1.100 or greater
  • For non-MOCRA rated boats alternative criteria may be used
  • Visit www.mocra-sailing.org.uk for more information on MOCRA Rating
Length
  • Minimum length: determined by minimum speed rating - see above
  • Maximum length: 30.5m (100ft) LH (LOA)*
  • Minimum length is 9.15m (30ft) LH (LOA)**
  • Maximum length: 21.5m (70ft) LH (LOA)**

* Suitable cruiser/racing yachts over the maximum length (30.5m (100ft) LH (LOA)) may enter the Rolex Fastnet Race by application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

** The Committee may make an exception to the minimum or maximum lengths on application.

Hull Construction See Complete Guide if in doubt
Stability
  • STIX minimum 32
  • AVS minimum 130-0.002*m (m is the boat's minimum sailing weight)
  • SSS minimum 28 (if STIX/AVS not present and not required)
  • Boats in accepted One-Design Classes and holding valid Rating/Class certificates do not require STIX or SSS.
 
Boat Equipment
  • In accordance with Category 2 of the ISAF Special Regulations including RORC Prescriptions

Help and Support

We understand that going through the entry procedures and meeting all requirements can seem a daunting task. However, undertaking a challenge such as the Rolex Fastnet Race requires a great deal of preparation - which takes some time and effort. With this in mind be sure to regularly check the Live Entry Status screen and try to work through all the items in good time. The earlier you invite your crew, the earlier you can see who has and who hasn't got Offshore Survival Training or First Aid. The earlier you send in your ISAF Offshore Special Regulations Checklist, the earlier you will receive feedback and advice should it be required. The earlier you think about your qualification, the more opportunity there is to meet the requirements - should you not manage to compete in one of your qualification races, for example.

We are here to help you

We are always just on the other end of the phone or an email away if you have any questions. You can discuss with us the possibility of scheduling an inspection of your boat, you could talk through any queries on requirements regarding particulars of your boat, qualification plans or if you need help choosing the right training courses or boat equipment. And, of course, regarding any other topics that we have forgotten to explain in detail here.

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