Race Training

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017

Fastnet Race: 6th August-12th August

Looking for the ultimate offshore racing challenge? The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most famous events on the international offshore racing calendar. In 2017 the 47th edition of this biennial 603-nautical mile classic will see the entry of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s J109, Jedi. Further information below video…

Introducing Jedi, our new J109 and the plans for the 2017 Fastnet….

Jedi is our fully race prepared J109 and while she’s fast, she’s also incredibly easy to sail and hugely manageable by any crew. On board will be two professionals and 6 crew, all operating in a two watch system, including Team INSS.ie Race Skipper Kenneth Rumball who guided our Reflex 38 LYNX to a 10th place, 4th in class and winner of the Sailing School’s Trophy in the 2016 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race. Even though this is a race, everyone aboard is still guaranteed to learn a huge amount from our professional sailors and have the experience of a lifetime in this world famous event!

We take the craic after the race as seriously as the aim of winning also.  A great night is guaranteed when we arrive back at the end of the race. No prior experience is necessary for this trip but we can guarantee there will be plenty of experience gained.

Our Training…

 Weekends Training

  • Weekend 1: 1st and 2nd April
  • Weekend 2: 8th and 9th April

Coastal Day Practise Race:

  • Saturday 22nd April: Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow

Weekend Practise Offshore Races

  • Saturday 13th May: Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire (sailing to Holyhead on Friday 12th)
  • Saturday 27th May: Dun Laoghaire to TBA by ISORA

Coastal Day Practise Race:

  • Saturday 3rd June: HYC Lambay Race - Race from Howth - Lambay - Dublin Port as part of the Liffey Festival

Long Multi-Day Offshore Practise Race – Dun Laoghaire to Dingle

  • Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th June

Final Offshore Practise Race

  • Friday 30th June: Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire (sailing to Holyhead on Thursday 29th June)

Final Race Training: Dun Laoghaire Volvo Regatta

  • Thursday 6th, Friday 7th July: RDYC Offshore Championship
  • Saturday 8th July: ISORA/RAYC 'Lighthouse Race'
  • Sunday 9th July: RDYC Offshore Championship

Training prior to the Fastnet consisted of the co-ordination of working together on a racing boat, particular attention was paid to manoeuvers such as jib and spinnaker peels, tacking, gybing and reefing. The next part of the training consisted of four races in the Irish Sea Offshore Racing calendar.  These races were used for the boat and crew to build up some valuable experience racing together.

Finally, for training we will compete as a full crew in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, again gaining valuable offshore miles in preparation for the Fastnet Race.

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