The Capitals Race

A race like no other!

Born out of the award winning Sail4Macmillan Cruise, which has raised over £23k for Macmillan Cancer Support, this is an amazing opportunity to join a race around the union.

Unlike ocean races the crew, guided by their professional skipper, will have full involvement in sailing their Sigma 38. They will see the ever-changing coastline, the stunning Cape Wrath, the beautiful west coast of Ireland, the challenging Irish Sea, dolphins of the Bristol Channel and the Seven Sisters.

The Capitals Race departs St Katharine Docks and Tower Bridge on the 26th of June 2021 at 15:00 at £2,250 per person per leg, for a week of exhilarating sailing coupled with round the cans and social events at each destination, this really is an opportunity like no other.

 Special arrangements during the Covid 19 Pandemic.        

Premier Sailing takes the safety of staff and customers extremely seriously. If you have symptoms, must isolate because of contact with an infected person or have tested positive,  you can rebook for another race or get a refund. Similarly, if the regulations require the event to be postponed or cancelled bookings will be transferred to a new date or a refund provided.

If you want to find out more about The Capitals Race Programme, request your customer pack here.

 

LEG 1 | London to Edinburgh

Crews and their families will have access to the boats from 15:00 on the 25th of June. In the evening there will be a dinner overlooking the dock to celebrate the start of the first stage.

In the morning there will be a time for the teams to prepare the boats. At 15:00 Tower Bridge will open to let the boats pass under. After the statutory 30 minutes in the Pool of London, the bridge will reopen and the three yachts will process under the bridge and set off for Queenborough in Kent.

The following morning each team will cross the official start line, marked by the world-renowned Southend Pier.

After an exhilarating sail along the scenic East Anglian and Northumbrian coastlines, the boats will be fighting for every nautical mile as they draw nearer to Scotland’s beautiful capital city- Edinburgh.

  LEG 2 | Edinburgh to Belfast

The second stage will see each team leave the Firth of Forth on the 5th of July and make headway north around the top of Scotland, passing the prepossessing Cape Wrath, before finally turning south towards Ireland.

The west coast of Scotland provides splendid sailing and matchless scenery. The inshore winds can prove turbulent, rapidly turning from squalls to gusts as a result of the lochs, mountains and myriad islands offshore. This two-sided coin of both challenging sailing conditions and beautiful panoramas provides an unforgettable experience for the adventurous.

With the Firth of Clyde behind them, each boat will cross the North Channel to find home in the capital of Northern Ireland – Belfast.

  LEG 3 | Belfast to Cardiff

Departing on the 17th of July the boats will follow the North Channel up over the top of Ireland and around to face the great Atlantic Ocean.

From here on in, this stage of the race will be characterised by the formidable nature of the Atlantic swell – a great opportunity for those wishing to experience sailing at the threshold of the second greatest ocean in the world.

Once the teams have passed Galway to port, and have rounded the most southern point of Ireland, they will proceed to run towards the Bristol Channel and Cardiff – the capital of Wales.

  LEG 4 | Cardiff to London

Departing Cardiff on the 31st of July the three teams leave behind the Bristol Channel and race towards Lands End. After rounding this last extremity of the UK, the route will take the boats along the most active length of UK coastline.

It is a time-honoured saying that no two days in the English Channel are the same due to the mixture of ever-changing winds and tides. To port, crews will glimpse both the varying coastal topography and a series of great coastal cities and naval ports. The teams may run through the Solent or round the Isle of Wight, maximising the tide and racing for the finish.  In London the boats will arrive in St Katharine Docks to a fanfare and an evening of celebrations.

 

No previous sailing experience is required, as our fully-qualified RYA instructors will skipper each part of the voyage. In addition every participant will have three weekends of training prior to the event.

The Capitals Race is split into four legs and customers can do as many legs as they wish. However, there is an amount of compulsory training needed for every participant. This training is made up of three weekends and includes the water activities such as using spinnakers, sea survival (10-man life raft) at the Underwater Film Studio and Safety training.  The compulsory training is included in the prices listed.

If you want to find out more about The Capitals Race Programme, request your customer pack here.   

 

Prices include three weekends of compulsory training.
Due date£ Amount*
Three weekends trainingStarting from March 6th to May 2ndIncluded
Price for one leg1st May 2021£3,595
Price for two legs7th May 2021£2,925 per leg
Price for three legs15th May 2021£2,695 per leg
Price for whole race23rd May 2021£2,587 per leg

*10% Deposit required on booking



 

Terms and conditions for booking of courses and sailing activities:

Special arrangements during the Covid 19 Pandemic.        

Premier Sailing takes the safety of staff and customers extremely seriously. If you have symptoms, must isolate because of contact with an infected person or have tested positive,  you can rebook for another race or get a refund. Similarly, if the regulations require the event to be postponed or cancelled bookings will be transferred to a new date or a refund provided.

The Contract

This contract is made between Premier Sailing Limited (the Company) registered in England, and any person(s) (the Client) booking with Premier Sailing Limited to take part in any event, charter, training course or management training event (the programme). All bookings are subject to these terms and conditions and it is agreed between the Client and the Company that any contracts will be construed in accordance with English Law.

Bookings can be made in writing on the booking form and sent to Premier Sailing Ltd, Fambridge Yacht Haven, North Fambridge, Essex CM3 6LU.  Bookings can be made by telephone (01621 744902), submitted via email ([email protected]) or via the Company’s website (www.premiersailing.co.uk).  In order to reserve a place, bookings must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the programme fee.  The Client who signed the booking form shall be liable for all those to whom the booking form applies and in respect of whom the Client was sent an invoice. Information given by the Client via booking forms or online or via a deposit forms the basis of a contract and the Client will be accepting the booking conditions for themselves and members of their party.

Balance of payment

On receipt of the booking form the Company will send the Client confirmation of booking. Full payment less any prepaid deposit must reach the Company no later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the programme, as decided by the Company.  Should a booking be made less than 6 weeks prior to the advertised programme then full payment will be required at the time of booking.

Cancellation

Cancellation by the Client must be in writing and is effective upon receipt by the Company.  In the event of cancellation by the Client the following charges shall apply:

More than 6 weeks:    loss of deposit only
6 – 4 weeks:                50% of programme cost
Less than 4 weeks:      100% of programme cost

The Company will not normally cancel less than 6 weeks prior to the start of the programme except for unusual or unforeseen circumstances beyond its control.  In the event of cancellation, the Client will be given the choice of an alternative programme where possible. If the Client does not wish to choose an alternative programme then a full refund will be given.  In the unlikely event that changes to the advertised programme occur the Company reserves the right to make such changes as required.

No liability is accepted by the Company for any costs or expenses incurred by the Client in the event of changes to the programme or cancellation by the Company.

The client’s obligations

  • Details supplied on the booking form must be accurate.
  • The Client is advised to take out a personal travel insurance package that covers cancellation, injury and medical expenses. The policy should include cover for sailing including offshore passages for the length of the programme. The Company can recommend an insurance broker but the Client reserves the right to choose their own.
  • The Client agrees to abide by the normal operating and safety procedures as laid down by the company in its Standard Operating Procedures.

Visas and travel

If all or part of the programme is overseas Clients will need a passport and may need a visa to enter the country where the course takes place.  Clients will need to make their own visa arrangements in good time to attend the programme.  Clients are responsible for travel arrangements to and from the embarkation and disembarkation points.

Authority

The Client agrees to accept the authority, decisions and instructions of the Company’s Skippers, employees, agents and representatives during the programme.  At all times the decision of the Skipper is final on all matters.  Should the Client interfere with the well being of the Skipper or other Clients during the programme through difficult or disruptive behaviour, the Skipper has full authority to dismiss the Agitator(s) from the programme or vessel.  In such event there will be no recourse to any refund. The Skipper has full authority to decide when to sail, with regard to weather conditions and the well being of the crew and vessel, or to return to port after the commencement of a passage.  A decision to terminate a passage due to defects to the yacht or the state of the crew may be made at any time and the Skipper’s decision will be final.

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