Cowes Dinand-St Malo Race RORC

Cowes Dinand-St Malo Race RORC

7 days
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Cherbourg (FR)
Cherbourg (FR)
151 NM
All Inclusive (cook together)
€ 2.100,-

Race Highlights

  1. Historic Route: Traversing a century-old course from Cowes to St Malo, echoing the legacy of sailing traditions.
  2. Tactical Challenge: Mastering the intricate waters of the English Channel and skirting the Channel Islands.
  3. Diverse Fleet: Showcasing a spectrum of yachts, from time-honored classics to cutting-edge modern vessels.
  4. Competitive Spirit: A battleground of strategy and seamanship, with sailors pitted against the capricious sea.
  5. Channel Crossing: An exhilarating passage across one of the world’s busiest and most strategic waterways.
  6. Teamwork and Camaraderie: Forging unbreakable bonds among crew members, vital in the face of offshore racing trials.

How racing works

Max Guests: 6 — This allows for personalized attention and a hands-on experience, ensuring each participant gets the most out of their sailing adventure.
Crew: Experienced Skipper & First Mate — A Yachtmaster certified skipper guarantees both safety and expert navigation, which is crucial for handling the challenges of open-water sailing.
Accommodation — The yachts feature three double occupancy cabins, ensuring comfortable lodging for all guests.
Challenging Weather Conditions — Sailing in these regions often involves dealing with strong winds. Knowledge and skill in navigating these conditions are imperative for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Complex Currents — The waters around England are known for their significant and complex currents. Understanding tidal patterns and current navigation is essential for safe and efficient sailing.
Safety — It’s crucial for all on board to have a basic understanding of sailing to contribute to the safe operation of the yacht.
Enjoyment and Participation — A certain level of experience is key to fully engaging in and enjoying the adventure, as well as understanding the nuances of sailing.
Team Dynamics — Experience aids in integrating with the crew, understanding different roles, and contributing effectively to the team effort.

Race day to day

The Cowes-St Malo race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), is a celebrated and historic offshore sailing event. It’s a race that takes competitors from Cowes, through the English Channel, around the Channel Islands, and towards the finish line in St Malo, France. The race is known for its challenging conditions, tactical navigation, and a rich history that dates back over a century. With a course distance of around 151 nautical miles, it attracts a diverse fleet of yachts and offers a unique blend of competitive racing and the spirit of sailing adventure. This race is a highlight in the offshore racing calendar, combining the thrill of sailing with the charm of its historic route.

  • Morning: As we gather in Cherbourg, there’s an air of expectancy. Our trusty Beneteau First 40 waits, ready for the challenge.
  • Afternoon: Time spent on last preparations – a skipper knows the devil’s in the detail. We’ll run through the safety drills, always paramount at sea.
  • Evening: A hearty meal in Cherbourg and tales of the sea. It’s about setting the course not just on charts, but in our minds too.
  • Early Morning: The day dawns with promise. We cast off at first light, the channel awaits. This crossing, 12-16 hours to Cowes, is a sailor’s true test.
  • Day: We’ll harness the wind, riding the tides. Keep a sharp eye on the weather; the Channel is known for its tricks.
  • Evening: Nearing Cowes, the anticipation grows. This storied sailing town will greet us by nightfall, a welcome sight after a day at sea.
  • Morning: In Cowes, we’ll immerse ourselves in the race atmosphere, refining our strategy with the latest weather updates.
  • Afternoon: A chance to stretch our legs on solid ground. Cowes is steeped in sailing heritage, worth a wander.
  • Evening: Early to bed in Cowes. Tomorrow, we race.
  • Dawn: The race begins. A test of skill, endurance, and the will of the sea.
  • Day and Night: We battle the elements, working as one with our vessel. The race to St Malo is on.


  • Morning/Afternoon: Crossing the finish line, whatever our place, it’s a victory of spirit.
  • Evening: St Malo, a haven for sailors. Time to share stories and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
  • Day: Exploring the charms of St Malo. A well-earned rest, soaking in the local culture and cuisine.
  • Evening: The camaraderie of the sea continues ashore. We dine, we laugh, we live the sailor’s life.
  • Morning: Setting sail for Cherbourg, with the wind at our backs.
  • Evening: Our journey concludes where it began. Cherbourg’s lights welcome us home – another adventure etched into our sea-faring souls.


Cowes Dinand-St Malo Race RORC

English Channel

* Not included in the price is transportation to and from the Marina and all costs ashore, such as food and drinks

Trip includes

  • Cruising Performance Class (Sail wardrobe on board)
  • High safety standards (Lifejackets, Epirb, Radar, Liferaft)
  • All nights aboard (shared cabins)
  • All meals and drinks onboard (cook together)
  • Bed linen and Towels
  • Yacht consumables (Mooring fees, diesel fuel, gas, water)
  • Race entree fees
  • Memories of a lifetimeProfessional
  • Profesional Skipper / RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

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