Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 – the experience of a lifetime from only £2950!
The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the most iconic races in the world attracting many entrants from around the globe. This 650nm race is the highlight of the sailing calendar and is one of the most demanding offshore races. Crossing the Celtic Sea to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland, the race will finish in Cherbourg, France for the first time in its 95-year history.
Twice Round the World Skipper Danny Watson and his experienced team will guide the crew throughout the training and the race.
Participants will join CatZero on Thursday 5th August 2021 at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth for inductions, kitting up and boat familiarisation. A training sail will take place on Friday 6th August across to the Cowes Yacht Haven, Isle of Wight, ready for 6 days of action-packed racing, which commences on Sunday 8th August 2021.
The race starts just outside Cowes at the Royal Yacht Squadron start line. The fleet head west to Lands End, before heading over to the Fastnet Rock near the south-west corner of Ireland, before sailing back around the Isles of Scilly eventually finishing in Cherbourg, France (see map of course below). After celebrating the race finish, there is an opportunity to sail 90nm back to Portsmouth (allow an additional day). In the Fastnet 2019, CatZero finished 41st in the IRC1 Category and was the second Challenge 72 to cross the finish line.
Now is your chance to compete in this world famous race on our ocean-going Challenge 72 Yacht – CatZero! Limited to 12 places only.
The CatZero Fastnet 2021 package includes:-
• Training Weekend – date to be confirmed
• Race Weekend – North Sea Race 13th-17th May 2021
• All meals and refreshments on board
• All wet weather gear and safety equipment
• CatZero Polo Shirt
• Joining in Portsmouth – Finishing in Cherbourg
• Cost: £2,950.00
• Joining in Portsmouth – Finishing in Portsmouth
• Cost: £3,200.00
• Offshore Safety & Survival Course at the start of the Training Weekend. This is an advised element and not a pre-requisite for all entrants
• Cost: £125.00
Please click on the link below to the RORC website with more information about the Fastnet Race 2021.
To register your interest in the event, please email [email protected] for an application form along with a crew agreement which both give you a lot more details about the event. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Danny on 07920 553976 or email [email protected].
Round the Island Race
28-30 May 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC NEXT RACE IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 2021
Round the Island Race: Join us for a day’s training followed by an exciting Race around the Isle of Wight. £635 Donation Per Person. Price includes all wet weather clothing, safety equipment and meals/refreshments whilst on board. Places are limited to 12. Bookings are being taken now.
If you are interested please email [email protected]
Course information: http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=rir19&ui=rir5&style=std&override=§ion=race&page=course
Dutch Dash 23-27 September 2020
This is a four-day, 400-mile round-trip North Sea experience, from the Humber estuary to Amsterdam, skippered by Danny Watson. Departing from Grimsby, you will enjoy an action-packed sailing trip, with time to enjoy Amsterdam. The trip is unique to CatZero and we take all ages, from teenagers to their grandparents.
“The crew were fantastic and gave lots of time to us all, explaining all of the many questions we all had about sailing and just generally providing a really enjoyable experience on the yacht. I would definitely recommend this to anyone to try,” Gary Helder, from KCOM, who took part in the Dutch Dash.
A full four days away, boarding commences on the Tuesday evening ready to leave Grimsby on the high tide early Wednesday morning. Returning on the high tide on the Sunday afternoon. A donation of £500 per person which includes wet weather clothing, safety equipment, all meals and refreshments on board as well as the opportunity to complete your RYA Competent Crew qualification. Limited to 12 places. Contact [email protected] to register your interest.
Sail with us
The bedrock of CatZero has always been sailing. The unique opportunities we provide for our course participants is truly life-changing – and you can have that experience too. Our organisation offers a whole variety of individual and corporate packages for you to enjoy, while learning life-skills that will stay with you and your teams forever. All the money from our private and corporate sails is invested back into our programmes. You are helping to change people’s lives.
Corporate Team Building (Sea & Land)
Great teamwork is key to all success and CatZero offers a unique opportunity to challenge, motivate and bond teams – and you take part knowing that you are supporting the work of this vital and unique charity. Tailored to individual needs, we offer management team days, teamwork and leadership challenges, reward and incentive packages and corporate hospitality. CatZero also offers RYA approved VHF qualification courses and RYA approved First Aid courses.
“We are a communications company and as a team we have never communicated better than we did today,” an employee at the end of a day sail activity. For more details and to discuss your individual needs, contact us.
CatZero Taster Sails
The 4-hour taster events sail out of Hull or Grimsby and are extremely popular both for a leisure experience for individual groups, or for business team-building and corporate entertaining. With sails to suit the tide, people can select their time – it is great to see the sun rise or set over the Humber! For a £75 per person donation, this is a unique opportunity to sit back and relax or have a go at sailing yourself.
CatZero Day Sails
The day sails offer a challenge away from the work environment or simply having some fun with your friends! Our 12-hour sails offer an extensive tour of the Humber area as you will have never seen it before. Skippered by our very own Danny Watson, he will lead you on an exciting, memorable and truly unique journey – not only of the Humber, but out into the North Sea. Friendships will be secured, while others made as we team you up with like-minded adventurers for the trip of a lifetime. We ask for a minimum donation of £150, to include breakfast, lunch and dinner along with all the kit you need. And remember, all the money goes into helping our charity to transform the lives of local people.
2020 Dates for Taster and Day Sails will be announced shortly. Gift vouchers can be purchased in advance to make an ideal Christmas or Birthday gift. Contact us to register your interest and for further details email [email protected]
School sails and bespoke opportunities
CatZero offers great individual sails for schools, with highly competitive rates depending on the size of the party and the length of the trip. All clothing and food is included, and all staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS checks. There is a free teacher place for every sail, with no hidden costs.
Meanwhile we offer a variety of bespoke sailing opportunities for all groups or organisations. No request is too much and will try our best to accommodate requests for private charters, especially out of season when the yacht it not used for programmes. Join us on a sail and help us to make a lasting difference, contact us today.
Sailing and our programmes
Those who sail will appreciate all the skills that a person requires to successfully take part in such an adventure. On board, they need to be a team, working together and helping each other. They are also challenged and must overcome fear and trepidation – in short, the experience builds self-esteem and confidence, in an environment that takes them away from the peer pressure and confines of everyday life back at home.
Our programmes combine this experience – offering both short and long sails – alongside the true challenges our delegates are facing to overcome the obstacles that have so far prevented them from turning their lives around. They are certainly outside their comfort zone as they take part in everything – from being the galley chef, to the engineer and the navigator! Indeed, participants recall overcoming dreadful sea sickness, to cook full meals for their fellow crew members!
We use sailing to underpin the values that people learn on our programmes – we help them find ways to help themselves, and this new-found confidence is put into practice on our sails.
History of the Yacht
CatZero (formerly known as One Hull) is a 72-foot Challenge Round the World Racing Yacht. The vessel is insurance Category Zero, hence its name and means it can sail anywhere in the world in all conditions. We take this intrepid, adventurous attitude into our work with young people. Purchased using capital funds from NHS Hull, the yacht is primarily used with groups of young people and adults as a tool to build self-confidence, teamwork and co-operation. However, the CatZero yacht has now successfully been able to develop a number of exciting racing and other challenging adventures throughout the year.