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We have now had our qualification proposal agreed by RORC – see below.


Dear Freddie,

Thank you for your email and I apologise for the delay in replying.

As your proposal to compete in the Cowes – Dinard – St Malo Race and the return to Cowes is in keeping with the spirit of the experience qualification requirements and because of the experience of the crew, your proposal to qualify for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 is accepted. I have amended your entry accordingly.

Should there need to be any changes of the crew or the schedule, please keep me informed so an alternative method of qualifying can be agreed.



James Bremridge
Deputy Racing Manager

Royal Ocean Racing Club
20 St James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NN
Tel: +44 (0)207 518 3131
Fax: +44 (0)207 493 5252

From: Freddie Hall []
Sent: 18 February 2015 11:25
To: RORC Race Team
Subject: GBR44 Infanta – Fastnet Qualification Criteria

Dear Sirs / Nick / Becci,

I am writing with our proposal to meet the Fastnet qualification requirements for GBR44 Infanta. On the understanding that we need to ensure that our collective experience is ‘recent’ enough, we intend compete in the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race – dip the finish line and return to Cowes in racing fashion (no engine use etc).

Infanta proposes to sail the Fastnet with the same crew as that which competed in the 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race – some of whom are CAT3. John Thorn (ex-RYA Head Coach / Artemis Offshore Academy Manager / Dongfeng VOR Team Coach) will again be in charge and principal navigator. Our crew has done a lot of offshore racing together– having been fellow crewmembers since the ‘90s on a succession of boats: Firestorm (Prima 38), Closing Time (Prima 38), Sanguma (Ker 31), Formidable 3 (Lutra 56), Fidessa Fastwave (TP52), Skipjack/Paragon (Ker 11.3), Gill Cobra Race Team (King 40) and now, Infanta (Rhodes Yawl). We have raced Infanta (my father’s boat) together now since the beginning of 2013 in events such as Les Voiles de St Tropez, Middle Sea etc…

Infanta has a large number of pressing engagements surrounding the RYS Bicentenary Celebrations and BCYC Regatta in Cowes, so should you deem it unnecessary for us to turn out and do the Cowes Dinard we would be pleased to know.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Best regards

Freddie Hall


Important Dates and Entry Information

Event Date (2015) Competitor Info
Registration Opens Mon 12 Jan
12:00 hrs UTC
From this date you can log into your REMUS account and add your boat to the Registration List for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015.After Sunday 18th Jan, all registered boats will be sorted and places offered on a first come, first served basis, with RORC members receiving priority over non-members. Boats registering after this date will allocated places on a first come, first served basis regardless of membership.
50% fee Within 10 days of entry Once you have been allocated a place in the race, the RORC Race Team will inform you and officially enter the boat. From that date of entry, 50% of the entry fee must be paid within 10 days. This part of the entry fee is non-refundable.
Proposal As soon as possible after entry You must email the Race Team detailing your plan to meet the qualification requirement.
Qualification As per proposal You must email the Race Team once you have completed qualification as per your proposal.
Closing Date Thu 23 July Make sure you have paid the full Race Entry Fee by the Closing Date so as not to incur the Late Payment Charge.By this date send in your completed OSR Checklist, completed to Category 2.
Rating Deadline Thu 6 Aug Your yacht must hold a valid rating/class certificate by this deadline. After this date any changes are in exceptional circumstances only and at the discretion of the RORC.
Race Check-in Sat 8 – Sat 15 Aug At the RORC Office, The Disrespect, Cowes, Isle of Wight. Sailing Instructions are available only after completing registration.
Skippers Briefing Sat 15 Aug, 1600 This will be held in the RORC Clubhouse, Cowes.
Start Sun 16 Aug, 1200 Start times and starting groups will be detailed in the Sailing Instructions.

Summary of significant changes for 2015

Closing Date

In addition to settling the balance of the entry fee, by Thursday 23rd July 2015 we also require that you hand in to the Race Office, by email, post or otherwise, your OSR Checklist completed to Category 2. If you have already filled out an OSR Checklist to Category 3 (as you would have had to for most of the preceeding RORC Offshore Races) then please ensure that by this date you have sent us the additional information to meet Category 3.

Rating Deadline

All yachts must hold a valid rating/class certificate by end of day, Thursday 6th August 2015. Only non IRC yachts must submit a copy of their class certificate to the RORC. After the deadline any rating changes are in expectional circumstances only and at the discretion of the RORC.


All entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race must be entered via REMUS and all crew lists must be received via RCMS. Please see the guide for their use here. In exceptional circumstances and at the RORC’s discretion, entries or crew lists may be accepted by alternative means.

Boat equipment – Cat 2 MOB Alarm

One of the main amendments in the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations is that from January 2012 boats racing in Category 2 races should be equipped with an EPFS (Electronic Position-Fixing System) capable of recording a man overboard position within 10 seconds and monitoring that position.

FAQ: How do I meet the requirement in OSR 4.28.3 for a man overboard alarm immediately accessible to a helmsman?

Boat equipment – possible amendments

There may be further amendments to ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2015 which will be published by the ISAF in due course and made available on the RORC website; this document will then be updated.

Summary of other requirements

Below is a list of other requirements that have not changed since 2013 but will have to be considered:

Crew Qualification

The basic requirements of the crew to qualify have not changed from 2013. A brief description follows; further information can be found in theComplete Guide:

  • Minimum experience requirement of 300 miles of offshore racing completed by 50% of the crew (but not less than 2), including the Person in Charge, and within 12 months preceeding the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race
  • At least 30% of the boat’s crew (but not less than 2), including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations since 1 January 2010
  • Minimum of 1 member of the boat’s crew must hold a in-date First Aid Certificate completed within the last five years. Please note that some first aid certificates only have a validity of three years.


Please note that training certificates must be completed to Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations since 1 January 2010. More information on training can be found in the Complete Guide.

Boat Suitablity

The basic requirements of the boat’s suitability have not changed from 2013, although there is a new exemption from Monohull maximum length for yachts entered into the Transatltantic Race 2015. A brief description follows and further information can be found in the Complete Guide:

Monohull Multihull
  • must have an IRC Rating of 0.850 or greater
  • For non-IRC rated boats alternative criteria may be used, e.g. IMOCA 60, Class40
  • Visit for more information on IRC Rating
  • must have a MOCRA Rating of 1.100 or greater
  • For non-MOCRA rated boats alternative criteria may be used
  • Visit for more information on MOCRA Rating
  • Minimum length: determined by minimum speed rating – see above
  • Maximum length: 30.5m (100ft) LH (LOA)*
  • Minimum length is 9.15m (30ft) LH (LOA)**
  • Maximum length: 21.5m (70ft) LH (LOA)**
* Yachts over the maximum length (30.5m (100ft) LH (LOA)) may enter the Rolex Fastnet Race if they have entered the Transatlantic Race 2015.** The Committee may make an exception to the minimum or maximum lengths on application.
Hull Construction See Complete Guide if in doubt
  • STIX minimum 32
  • AVS minimum 130-0.002*m (m is the boat’s minimum sailing weight)
  • SSS minimum 28 (if STIX/AVS not present and not required)
  • Boats in accepted One-Design Classes and holding valid Rating/Class certificates do not require STIX or SSS.
Boat Equipment
  • In accordance with Category 2 of the ISAF Special Regulations including RORC Prescriptions

Help and Support

We understand that going through the entry procedures and meeting all requirements can seem a daunting task. However, undertaking a challenge such as the Rolex Fastnet Race requires a great deal of preparation – which takes some time and effort. With this in mind be sure to regularly check the Live Entry Status screen and try to work through all the items in good time. The earlier you invite your crew, the earlier you can see who has and who hasn’t got Offshore Survival Training or First Aid. The earlier you send in your ISAF Offshore Special Regulations Checklist, the earlier you will receive feedback and advice should it be required. The earlier you think about your qualification, the more opportunity there is to meet the requirements – should you not manage to compete in one of your qualification races, for example.

We are here to help you

We are always just on the other end of the phone or an email away if you have any questions. You can discuss with us the possibility of scheduling an inspection of your boat, you could talk through any queries on requirements regarding particulars of your boat, qualification plans or if you need help choosing the right training courses or boat equipment. And, of course, regarding any other topics that we have forgotten to explain in detail here.

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