RORC Racing

The Royal Ocean Racing Club was founded in 1925 in Plymouth after the first Fastnet Race to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined.


The RORC is recognised as the premier organiser of racing for the UK domestic racing season as well as offshore yachts, including the internationally famous Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Commodores' Cup.

The RORC Offshore Race Series is unique to the UK. No other country in the world has an offshore sailing series as comprehensive, as challenging or as competitive as this one which is why so many race-teams from the UK, Europe and beyond come to the UK to compete. Some come to participate in every single race of the series with their eye on the big prizes awarded for the best cumulative points score, others will just choose to enter those individual races which they feel will be the most rewarding and exciting for them, their boat and their crew.

The RORC offshore series kicks off at the end of February in Antigua with the RORC Caribbean 600 race (a 600 mile sleigh-ride around the beautiful islands of the Caribbean) before heading back to the cooler climes of the UK for the remainder of the series of races, all of which are sailed in UK and European waters.

Offshore sailing can be immensely rewarding but it is not for the faint-hearted. There are race teams which revel in the camaraderie and tight-knit teamwork which this unique sort of sailing requires whereas others would prefer not to race in the dark or offshore at all. Either way, one could argue that the serious sailor should certainly try at least one offshore race in a sailing lifetime.

Island Charters is perfectly positioned to help you achieve your offshore ambitions: all of the Island Charters boats are specified to an incredibly high standard and are equipped with first class safety equipment to ensure qualification to RORC’s understandably stringent standards. Island Charters can advise which of the series of races will most suit you and your crew and can even provide a professional skipper as and when required. You are welcome to join Island Charters for just a single race in the series if you wish, just so you and your crew can get an idea as to whether this is the sort of racing you would like to pursue, or you can charter a boat for the whole series if you have your sights set on the big points prizes. 

All our yachts comply with RORC inshore and offshore regulations and come complete with the RORC regulation inventory and all come with current IRC certificates, as well as a good inventory of racing sails and are fully race prepared including a pre race dive clean. Whether you are planning a RORC offshore race,  from campaigns such as the Fastnet to the Round Ireland Race we can cater for your needs all the way –  we can also plan all aspects of your entry, from paperwork, berthing, race training to dive cleaning. Yachts are  available bareboat or skippered.  

RORC Race Schedule:

Cervantes Trophy Race Saturday 3 May Cowes - Le Havre
Myth of Malham Race Saturday 24 May Cowes - Round Eddystone
North Sea Race Friday 30 May Harwich - Scheveningen
De Guingand Bowl Race Saturday 7 June Cowes - Round Marks
Morgan Cup Race Friday 27 June Cowes - Dartmouth via marks
Cowes - Dinard - St Malo Friday 11 July Cowes - Dinard/St Malo
Channel Race Saturday 26 July Cowes - Round Marks - Solent finish
Cherbourg Race Friday 5 September Cowes - Cherbourg

Call the team at Island Charters to find out all you need to know about offshore sailing and yacht charters.

Yachts suitable for RORC Races

J109

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J122

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Beneteau 40.7

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Grand Soleil 43

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