Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 – the experience of a lifetime!
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. The race runs across the Celtic Sea to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland, and in 2021 the race finished 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 7th consecutive race that CatZero have participated in. Participants will join the CatZero yacht at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth for inductions, kitting up and boat familiarisation. A training sail will take place prior to the race across to the Cowes Yacht Haven, Isle of Wight, ready for 6 days of action-packed racing.
Last year, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all training took place in British waters and the qualifying nautical miles for crew included sailing from Hull to the Isle of Wight to take part in the Round the Island Race.
The CatZero Fastnet 2023 package will include two weekends of training prior to the race, including 300 miles of offshore racing, before culminating in the Fastnet Race 2023, July 22nd.
• All meals and refreshments on board
• All wet weather gear and safety equipment
• CatZero Polo Shirt
• Cost £3,200.00
We may also offer an RYA Sea Survival Training Course which is not compulsory for an additional £175 per person.
Please click on the link below to the RORC website with more information about the Fastnet Race.
Places are limited! To register your interest 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].
The Fastnet race 2023 will be taking place on Saturday the 22nd of July 2023. Stay tuned for more information!
Email [email protected] to register your interest.
Round the Island Race Saturday 25 June 2022 £635
The annual Round the Island Race is a one day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the World.Competitors come from all over the UK, Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50nm round the Isle of Wight. Starting at the famous Royal Yacht Squadran line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to the Needles, round St Catherine’s point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.
You will join the CatZero yacht either in Southampton or Portsmouth (tbc) early on the morning of Friday 24 June 2022. Following familiarisation of the boat, we will set sail for a training day, finishing in Cowes, Isle of Wight around 16:30. After breakfast the next morning, we will then take part in the Round the Island Race, arriving later in the day back at Cowes for a celebratory meal, leading on to the festivities in the Race Village.
On the Sunday morning, after breakfast, we will sail back across to Southampton/Portsmouth arriving late afternoon, when you will be able to disembark and start your journey home.
All wet weather clothing, safety kit, meals and refreshments whilst on board the yacht are provided. There are only 12 places available on this sail. Please book early to avoid disappointment as these places will go!
The Dutch Dash
This is a four-day, 400-mile round-trip North Sea experience, from the Humber estuary to Scheveningen, skippered by Danny Watson.
Departing from Hull on the 23rd of September 2022, you will enjoy an action-packed sailing adventure, with time to enjoy Scheveningen before returning to Hull in the evening of Monday the 26th. This trip is unique to CatZero and we take all ages, from teenagers to their grandparents. Please contact us by emailing [email protected] if you are interested in this sail.
“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.
The Dutch Dash 2022 is now full, but please do email if you are interested and we can put you on our reserve list.
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.