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Entries for 2018 Now Open.

The 15th UK Firefighters Sailing Challenge 2018 entry system is now open. The dates for next year remain as initially advertised , Monday 7th May to Thursday 10th 2018.(Monday is May Day Bank Holiday) For those of you new to the event, The Challenge is three days of Yacht racing which is open to all UK Firefighters and personnel, serving or retired and also all other emergency services. Sponsors are also eligible to enter a team, competing for their own trophy.
Teams charter their yachts from Sunsail at Port Solent, Hampshire. Prices remain as the last several years with the cost from Monday 1900hrs to Thursday 1700hrs , £1190, an additional training day can be taken on the Monday for £250. The yachts are the Beneteau F40 and crew with up to 10. Sleeping accommodation on board is for a crew of 8 so any additional crew will need to find accommodation ashore. To charter your yacht, Sunsail require a minimum of Day Skipper and will need to see a CV of experience for the skipper and 1st mate. Contact should be made with Terry Hunt at Sunsail , terry hunt@sunsail.com  or telephone 02392 222221 to reserve your yacht. Skippers can be hired from Sunsail.
Once you have reserved your yacht, you will need to enter the event with the UKFSC. For a team of 8 the cost again is £800, an additional £60 per person for teams entering with more than 8. A deposit of £300 is required to enter with final payment of team entry being made by the 1st March. For a team of 8, with yacht charter, team entry and additional training day is approximately £250 per person.
We require that a team of 8 , 6 are to be associated to your service, with 9 or 10 then 7/8 should be associated.
To enter your team with UKFSC go to the website ukfsc.org.uk    and follow the links and entry procedure.
Meals are provided at the opening night in Port Solent following the skippers brief, with introductions of sponsors and skippers, breakfast rolls will also be included at Port Solent prior to racing on Tuesday. The first race will be scheduled to start at 1030hrs followed by 3 further races weather and wind permitting. Yachts will berth at Cowes Yacht Haven on Tuesday night with the after racing social drinks on the quayside planned with music provided by one of our FRS bands. Wednesday racing will begin at 1000hrs with a minimum of 4 races, weather dependent. We return to Cowes Yacht Haven Wednesday for the Gala Dinner and prize giving from the first two days of racing, followed by an after dinner speaker.
Thursday will be the  Handicapped Passage race back to Portsmouth.  Yachts starting according to their finishing positions over the first two days. Prize giving for the passage race will be in the Yacht Club at Port Solent.
Those at last years event will know that it was the last year for MJ Quinn as our main event sponsor. The committee are working tirelessly to secure new sponsors for 2018 and so some of the freebies that have been present at the last few years may not be at the 2018 event. But we are hopefull of new sponsors coming on board .
As a reminder, the Sunsail Yachts sleep 8 but can be crewed with up to 10. The two additional crew will need accommodation for the nights ashore, (see website for recommended accommodation). The UK Firefighters Sailing Challenge is open to all members of the blue light services, including retired, retained, and support staff. We do ask that with a crew of 8 that 6 are linked to the service and a crew of 10 that 7 are linked. This does not apply to Sponsors boats.
Skippers packs will be sent out after full payment is made with a detailed itinerary and additional information.
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please mail. info@ukfsc.org.uk . please keep an eye on the website ukfsc.org.uk  or our Facebook page.
We look forward to receiving your entry for the 2018 Challenge!!!
UKFSC Committee

Posted October 23, 2017 in: Uncategorized by Pip Dwyer