Rolex Fastnet Race 2021 – the experience of a lifetime from only £2950! SOLD OUT!
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. This will be the 6th consecutive race that CatZero have participated in. 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).
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all training will now take place in British waters and the qualifying nautical miles for crew include sailing from Hull to the Isle of Wight to take part in the Round the Island Race.
The CatZero Fastnet 2021 package includes:-
Training Session One
11-13 June 2021 (Joining evening of Friday 11 June 2021).
Weekend on board CatZero (Hull Marina), for boat familiarisation and training on River Humber/North Sea.
Training Session Two
28 June-4 July 2021 (Joining on the evening of 28 June 2021)
Sailing from Hull to the South Coast, to then take part in the Round the Island Race 2021.
Fastnet Race 2021
6-13 August 2021
Join the CatZero yacht 16:00 on Friday 6 August 2021. Sail Training/Race Preparation to take place on Saturday 7 August 2021. Race starts 12:00 on Sunday 8th August 2021. Potentially finishing race on Friday 13 August in Cherbourg, France. There is an option to sail the vessel back to Portsmouth to arrive Sunday 15 August 2021 for a small additional cost.
• All meals and refreshments on board
• All wet weather gear and safety equipment
• CatZero Polo Shirt
• Joining in Portsmouth – Finishing in Cherbourg
• Cost for Joining in Portsmouth – Finishing in Cherbourg £2,950.00
• Cost for Joining in Portsmouth – Finishing in Portsmouth £3,200.00
Please click on the link below to the RORC website with more information about the Fastnet Race 2021.
Places are limited! For a place or further details please email [email protected] for an application form. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Danny on 07920 553976 or email [email protected].
Round the Island Race July 2021
For 2021 we are now using the Round the Island Race for Fastnet training. For further details, please see the information about the Fastnet Race 2021.
The Dutch Dash 9-13 September 2021 – Limited availability
This is a four-day, 400-mile round-trip North Sea experience, from the Humber estuary to Amsterdam, skippered by Danny Watson.
Departing from either Hull, you will enjoy an action-packed sailing adventure, with time to enjoy Amsterdam. This trip is unique to CatZero and we take all ages, from teenagers to their grandparents. The crew will board CatZero on the evening of Thursday 9 September 2021 at 18:00, ready for an action packed weekend adventure from Hull to Amsterdam and back, departing early Friday morning from Hull Marina and arriving in Ijmuiden on Saturday lunchtime, having sprinted across 200 miles of the North Sea.
It is then only a short trip into the beautiful and vibrant city of Amsterdam for the afternoon and an evening to remember. Following a hearty breakfast on the Sunday morning, the boat will prepare for departure in the afternoon and sail back to Hull, arriving back late evening on Monday 13 September 2021.
“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.
For the full four days away, we request a donation of £500, 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. All the profits go to our programmes.
This is limited to 12 places and you can contact [email protected] to book your place today.
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, 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. Each sail is limited to 12 places only. Please email [email protected] to ask when our next taster sail will take place.
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. Limited to 12 places only. For further information please email [email protected] .
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.