START DATE: 21/08/2020

END DATE: 29/08/2020

Voyage code: CF 566

Vessel: Challenger Yachts

Nights: 8

Age: 16 to 25

Start Port: Portsmouth

End Port: Portsmouth

Voyage Grade: 3

Bursary: Up to £240– Apply for a Bursary

Passport: Yes

DofE: Yes

Brochure Price: £799


Voyage Highlights

  • Work towards RYA Start Yachting and RYA Competent Crew qualification
  • Learn fundamental aspects of sailing
  • Experience man over board practice
  • Have the opportunity to be recommended to come back as a volunteer
  • Build sailing knowledge, make friends and have fun!

Join an iconic Challenger on an iconic voyage as you follow the route of the famous Fastnet race on this 8 night adventure voyage.

This is more than just a Fastnet re-enactment; you’ll be sailing the course and then returning back to the Solent completing a 700 nm passage, including rounding the famous Fastnet Rock.

Your voyage will begin with meet and greet followed by a safety briefing before heading out onto the water to start your training. You will spend the first night in Cowes before heading out to start the passage to the Fastnet Rock.

You will be involved with all aspects of sailing the yacht from steering and setting the sails to cooking and cleaning. You will get to experience really exciting 24 hour offshore sailing, participating in a watch system and get a real taste for what it is like to do an ocean crossing.

After sailing around the rock, you will head into Kinsale overnight to explore. Once the crew have rested, you’ll head back out make for Land’s End. If the winds are fair there should be time to stop on your way back in Falmouth, Plymouth or Dartmouth, all of which have rich maritime histories.

This is a great opportunity to sail offshore in a watch system on a Challenger and experience the thrill of rounding the famous Fastnet Rock!

During this voyage you will have the opportunity to complete your RYA Start Yachting and RYA Competent Crew qualification as well as the residential section of your Gold DofE.

Whilst every effort will be made to deliver the above voyage content sometimes, due to weather and crew’s ability, the content may need to change. Please see below for our full Conditions of Booking.


Passport – Where passport required is indicated, the voyage will start and/or finish abroad or a UK based voyage will aim to visit abroad.

DofE – All of our voyages of 4 nights or more qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential section. Please let our Reservations Team know before sailing if you want to use to use the voyage for the residential section.