Challenge yachts enter Fastnet

Complete fleet of 67s and 72s to race in this Rolex-sponsored classic next year

Tuesday September 10th 2002, Author: Rachel Anning, Location: United Kingdom
Challenge Business today announced that for the first time in sailing history, the world famous Global Challenge Race yachts will be competing in the 2003 Rolex Fastnet Race

Offering a comprehensive training programme as part of the package makes participation in this prestigious event available to a much wider audience of would-be adventurers. "We offer a number of excellent training schemes at Challenge Business," explains Simon Walker, Challenge Business' managing
director, "and with our fleet of yachts it seemed ideal to join the two together and enter the Fastnet Race."

Challenge Business has been working with the RORC every step of the way as safety and training are essential requisites for the Fastnet Race.

"We will be exceeding the minimum requirements in a comprehensive training programme which must be completed by all of the crew who sign up with Challenge Business", continues Walker "In this way crew will be able to take part in an event they may well have been excluded from in the past because of their lack of experience or sailing miles".

Crew will complete four training weekends, starting and finishing in Southampton. The first two training weekends will take place on a Global Challenge yacht with the third being shore-based to concentrate on the theoretical aspects including sea survival and first aid.

The fourth and final sailing training weekend will be a qualifying offshore RORC race which will see the crews covering at least 300 miles and putting the last minute race training into practice before the big event.

"The Fastnet is one of the most challenging offshore races in the sailing calendar so there are going to be some testing conditions out there for the crews," explains Walker

The 2003 Rolex Fastnet Race will start from Cowes on the 10th August, round the Fastnet Rock in the Irish Sea before finishing in Plymouth. A Challenge prize-giving in Plymouth and an optional sailing sprint back to Southampton are all included.

Challenge Business will be entering both 67' and 72' Global Challenge yachts in the 5-7 day event, which promises to be a truly exhilarating, intensive and competitive event for all those taking part.

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