RORC Myth of Malham Offshore Race

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RORC Myth of Malham Offshore Race

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This exciting race event normally takes place over the last bank holiday in May and in Fastnet years* the weekend is one of the qualifying legs - but anyone can join us just for this weekend and it is a fabulous way to chill out from a hectic life - peace on the water and a lot of competition thrown in for good measure. 

What the Girls had to say

"This is a great  competitive race ideal for experienced sailors & new to offshores alike. Tha race starts on a Saturday so you get a good days practise on the water before starting the night watch which is really good especially if you are a beginner". 

Starts: 7.30pm Friday in Cowes Shepards Wharf Marina Offices.  Race normally starts Saturday morning 

Finishes: Sometime on Monday we hope! Back into Cowes


About The Event

This 230-mile race around the Eddystone lighthouse is a test of endurance and concentration and is extremely tactical, especially with regards to the strong tides that flow along the south west coast of England. Usually, a tough beat to the famous Eddystone Lighthouse is rewarded with a downwind return leg back to the Solent.

Meet on the Friday evening for dinner with your crew and train early Saturday morning ready for the race . Race length is dependant on wind conditions...should be around 2 days!

The trophy and race are named after the yacht ‘Myth of Malham’ which was a 37’ sloop built in 1947 by Hugh McClean & Co at Greenock. Myth of Malham won the 1947 and 1949 Fastnet Races and in 1957 was part of the winning team for the first Admiral’s Cup.

For many boats that are competing in the RORC Fastnet Race (*NEXT ONE 2017) - join us now!) the RORC Myth of Malham is an important qualifier. Not only does the race cover 230nm of the 300nm needed to qualify for the RORC Fastnet, but it follows the same course as the Fastnet as far as the Eddystone Lighthouse. If you are considering a Fastnet in the future – this is a great race to try out that desire!

If you would like to join us but would like to get some more experience or brush up on some racing skills before coming along, have a look at our race training page.  We have a range of yacht race training dates available.

If you are unsure if this race is right for you contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

About Cowes

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shore side to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.


Sample Itinery

Day 1 - Arrival

We meet at 7.30PM in our office in Cowes at Shepards Wharf Marina. We put our bags below decks and do a quick boat safety briefing then head off to the pub for tea and a chat! Get to your your fellow crew over a glass of wine in the pub - not too many mind- we are racing tomorrow!

Day 2 -

Bacon Sarnies for breakfasts followed by a full offshore safety briefing. Then we head out ensuring all are able to help & contribute to the sailing of the yacht in particular the required sail trim and watch system for the next 2 days. Maybe anchoring too if the wind is light

Day 3 -

Racing until you finish which is probably day 4! We have to accept that now we are in the hands of the weather gods so we will go as fast as possible and hopefully back in time for work :)


Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • All food on board
  • Accommodation on board
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and any evening meals when not on board
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Clothing*
  • Sleeping bags/pillow

*Wet weather gear is available for hire in advance, so please let us know if you require any on your booking form

Why choose Girls for Sail?


·         You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Skippers


·         We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence


·         We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 


·         There's no such thing as a 'silly' question


·         No shouting onboard


·         We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book

Click on the link above to view dates and book your place - or call or email us in the office if you any questions or would prefer to pay over the phone!

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