Entries for 2020 Now Open.

The 17th UK Firefighters Sailing Challenge 2020 entry system is now open. The dates for next year remain as initially advertised , Monday 11th May to Thursday 14th 2020. 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 or Fairview Yachting Hamble.
Sunsail prices are from Monday 1900hrs to Thursday 1700hrs , £1342, an additional training day can be taken on the Monday for £275. 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.
Fairview yachts are Oceanis 37, crewing and sleeping 8. Prices are from Monday 11th 09:00 – Friday 15th 12:00 £1576.
Entry fee is £880 for a crew of 8 with extra crew charged at £70 each.
In both cases, yachts and entry is booked with us via the entry form on the website  and, in a change, this year we will  taking the yacht booking fee and the entry fee.
Entry system will open on Thursday 19th September at the Emergency Services Show NEC Birmingham.
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    and follow the links and entry procedure.
Meals are provided at the opening night in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard  following the skippers brief, with introductions of sponsors and skippers. The first race will be scheduled to start at 1000hrs 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. . please keep an eye on the website  or our Facebook page.
We look forward to receiving your entry for the 2018 Challenge!!!
UKFSC Committee

Posted October 23, 2017 in: Race Updates by Pip Dwyer