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  Sunday 6 August 2017 – The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race is about to start. Skipper Ricky CHalmers reports on how the crew of Challenger 3 are getting on with their last minute preparations. Storm Sails are Rigged Last minute preparations are being done on and below deck for the Fastnet 2017 race which starts Read more

The Wind is the Myth of Malham

Crew of Challenger 3 on deck during Myth of Malham   The training continues, the tactics and race are planned, the crew ready for anything and last weekend in the Myth of Malham everything was thrown at FCS crew on Challenger 3, everything apart from the wind. The ‘Myth’ is part of the qualifying process Read more

Close Finish for FCS Crew in Cervantes Trophy Race

Preparing for the Rolex Fastnet in August, the First Class Sailing crew will enter three races and last weekend they competed in the opener – the Cervantes Trophy Race. Below is skipper Ricky Chalmers’ report of how the action unfurled and how the FCS crew fared on their first real test. Crew Bonding And Jockeying Read more

FCS Fastnet Team Prepares for Cervantes Trophy Race

With their Sea Survival and ISAF courses under their belts just before Easter, the First Class Sailing crew held their first training weekend aboard Challenger 3 in preparation for the Cervantes Trophy Race.   This race to Le Harve is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Société des Régates and Read more

Next Year is a Fastnet Year

2017 marks the next Fastnet Race – an offshore yacht race which takes place every other year off the South Coast. Kicking off from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and terminating at Plymouth, Fastnet is a particularly challenging race, testing the boat and the crew, inshore and offshore skills and speed potential. Once in Read more

Skippers Log: The final sprint of the 2015 Fastnet Race

Approaching the Fastnet Rock Here is the tale of Challenger 2’s final leg and how they held onto their lead over Challenger 3 and 4 in the 2015 Fastnet Race from skipper Ricky Chalmers. We won the race to be the first of the losers. But first there is a long hard fought battle to Read more

Skipper’s Log: Rounding The Fastnet Rock in 2015

Ricky Chalmers (in the red jacket) the Skipper of the Challenger 2 Following yesterday’s exciting blog “Skipper’s Log: To The Fastnet Rock in 2015” here is Ricky Chalmers’ account of how they rounded the Fastnet Rock and tried to seal second place in their race with the other Challenger yachts. All part and parcel of Read more

Skipper’s Log: To The Fastnet Rock in 2015

Here is a very exciting blog from Challenger 2 skipper Ricky Chalmers, who is guiding the First Class Sailing crew to the Fastnet Rock and back. As you will see it was quick a hairy start at Cowes and then a high degree of seamanship to find wind and battle the tides. All part and Read more

Superyachts Taking Part in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

Known for its fame and size, the Fastnet Race is probably the largest of its type. In fact, it is so popular, that in 2013 the 340 positions were filled 24 minutes after opening. Organisers have raised the number of places in 2015 to 350 due to increased demand, meaning more boats are to take Read more

Fastnet 2015 Update – The Team Onboard

It won’t be long before we’re sailing out of the Solent and racing towards the Fastnet Rock but before the First Class Sailing team reaches that point a lot of team building and preparation has to take place. We’ve already had the all important Sea Survival course, not that anyone is planning to need it, Read more