Norway Colin Archer Memorial

10 days
7 JULY 2024 - 17 JULY 2024
500 NM
All Inclusive (cook together)
€ 2.500,-

Trip Highlights

An Unforgettable Event
The Colin Archer Memorial Race is not just a sailing competition; it is a unique event that will enrich your life. From the splendid ceremony at the start to the excitement of the finish, each mile you sail will become a part of your own sailing story. The memories you create during this race will stay with you forever.

Offshore racing,  is a thrilling and challenging form of sailing where competitors navigate and race across vast expanses of open water, far from the shelter of the coast. It is a test of skill, endurance, teamwork, and seamanship, as sailors face unpredictable weather conditions, rough seas, and the vastness of the open ocean.

How This works

An adventure voyage takes maximum 6 Guests and 2 Crew.
A very experienced skipper (Yachtmaster) and a first mate. Our yachts have double occupancy cabins, with double beds.

Friendship and Collaboration at Sea
The Colin Archer Memorial Race is not just about competition; it is a celebration of camaraderie and teamwork. You will make new friends and strengthen existing bonds as you face the challenges of the ocean together. The shared passion for sailing connects all participants in a unique bond, creating lasting memories.

Larvik Finish
Larvik has a deep-rooted maritime history, and sailing here means immersing yourself in the traditions and culture that have been shaped by the sea. The town’s historical connections to shipbuilding and maritime trade are evident in its museums and heritage sites, such as the Colin Archer House and Larvik Maritime Museum. The legacy of renowned shipbuilder Colin Archer, known for his sturdy rescue vessels, is celebrated in Larvik, and his influence is still felt throughout the sailing community.

Trip day to day

Offshore racing offers a unique and unparalleled experience for sailors. The thrill of facing the elements, the camaraderie of the crew, and the sense of accomplishment upon completing such a demanding journey create lasting memories and forge bonds that can endure a lifetime. Whether sailing for victory or personal achievement, offshore racing is an extraordinary adventure that pushes sailors to their limits and connects them with the raw power and beauty of the open ocean.

Step on board, leave your worries behind, and embrace the challenge on the waves during The Colin Archer Memorial Race 450nm. Push your limits, explore new horizons, and embark on an unforgettable adventure that will fill your sailing heart with joy and pride.

Following is an example of how this adventure-trip might unfold:

Depart from Amsterdam, sail through the North Sea Canal to reach the IJmuiden Sea Locks. Navigate into the North Sea to Sail along the Dutch Coastline, passing the beautiful Wadden Islands. Use this as an opportunity for training, including sail changes and maneuvers.

In the Morning we start to complete the journey to Lauwersoog.
On arrival we rest and make final preparations for the Colin Archer Memorial Race. Attend the race briefing, meet other participants.

Late Afternoon: Start the Colin Archer Memorial Race.
Navigate the challenging narrow channels between the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea.
Focus on precision sailing and strategic decision-making. Exit the Wadden Sea, turn starboard towards the first hindrance. Cross the TSS in the German Bight, a critical and demanding part of the race. And here we begin the long-distance run, managing fatigue and maintaining high performance.

Day 4 to 6 we are racing long distance (450 nm). Optimal watch system, always ensuring that we maintain our maximum speed with this wind strength and angle. A beautiful game.

Adjusting strategies according to weather and sea conditions and we Approach the finish line at Larvik, maintaining focus and teamwork.

On days 8 to 10, we will take time to rest and celebrate, perhaps even exploring the coast a bit more before everyone heads home. This period will be a perfect conclusion to our adventure, allowing us to soak in the last moments of our journey in Larvik. After the intensity of the race and the shared experiences with fellow sailors, these final days offer a chance to relax, reflect on our achievements, and enjoy the local surroundings. It’s an opportunity to bask in the afterglow of our adventure, filled with joy and pride, before returning to our daily lives.

  1. Offshore races typically cover long distances, ranging from hundreds to thousands of nautical miles. Races can last from several days to weeks, depending on the course and weather conditions.

  2. Challenging Conditions: Sailors must navigate through various weather patterns, including calm winds, strong gales, storms, and everything in between. The sea state can change rapidly, challenging the crew’s ability to adapt and make strategic decisions.

  3. Teamwork: Offshore racing requires a well-coordinated crew that works together seamlessly. Roles and responsibilities are divided among the crew members, including helmsman, trimmers, navigators, and watchkeepers. Effective communication and trust are crucial for success.

  4. Navigation Skills: Accurate navigation is essential for safe and efficient racing. Navigators use a combination of traditional techniques, electronic charts, GPS, weather forecasts, and routing software to plot the optimal course.

  5. Equipment and Safety: Offshore racing boats are designed and equipped to withstand the harsh conditions of the open ocean. Safety is paramount, and crews must be prepared for emergencies, such as medical situations, man-overboard incidents, and equipment failures.

  6. Sleep Management: Crews typically adopt a watch system to maintain a continuous presence on deck while allowing members to rest. Proper sleep management is critical to ensure crew members remain alert and focused throughout the race


Norway Colin Archer Memorial

North Sea
Start and End Dates 7 JULY 2024 - 17 JULY 2024
Start and Endpoint
Boat Beneteau First 45
Duration 10 days
Spot Availb. 8
Solo Spots yes
Level Novice
Cost € 2.500,-

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

Trip includes

  • All nights aboard (shared cabins)
  • All meals and drinks onboard (Cook Together)
  • Bed linen and Towels
  • Cruising Performance Class (Sail wardrobe on board)
  • High safety standards (Lifejackets, Epirb, Radar, Liferaft)
  • Yacht consumables (Mooring fees, diesel fuel, gas, water)
  • Memories of a lifetime
  • Professional Skipper / Instructor

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