Offshore racing

How and where to get involved with offshore racing in the UK

Offshore yacht racing has recently been likened as the marathon of the sailing world. As the name suggests, offshore yacht racing generally takes competitors offshore and away from land although major landmarks are frequently used as turning marks for the courses.

Offshore racing can vary quite considerably with some races lasting as little as 12 hours and longer races covering oceans taking weeks or months. The key ingredient in an offshore race is that it will, generally, include at least one night at sea.

It is this dynamic that gives Offshore Racing its appeal to many sailors. Being able to push the boat in a wide variety of conditions while cooking, cleaning and sleeping is a challenge and finding the right balance can be tricky.

Yacht Racing

Yachts competing in OSR Category 0-3 races are required to undergo an inspection of the keel and rudder within two years prior to the start of the race

Clubs and organisations that run offshore racing

There are many clubs and organisations that run offshore racing around the UK.

For more information on how to get involved. Why not try our find my nearest function or follow the links below to the different clubs and organisations.


If you are between 18 and 24 and looking to get involved in offshore racing then you should consider applying for the BKA.

Our training programme will help equip you with the skills needed for "big boat" racing and we run an offshore training weekend.

Pay for play offshore

If you are going to charter a yacht then you should make sure that it fully complies with the relevant requirements of the Offshore Special Regulations and any other safety requirements for the race you will be undertaking. Yachts which are chartered need to be coded by a Certifying Authority authorised by the MCA or alternatively, yachts which are not in regular commercial operation may apply to the RYA for a Racing Charter Licence.

There are a number of Recognised Training Centres who run racing campaigns or training events where prior experience is not essential. Check out 'find my nearest centre' for more information.

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Yachtmaster Offshore

Skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour

Marine Radio

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel

Sea survival

Training for recreational and racing skippers and crews who encounter rough weather and problems at sea

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