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Old Cheltonians!  Hoist your colours for 2017!

OC Sailing is in its third year.  Currently, interest is being developed by competing in the annual Arrow Trophy Regatta.  If you have an interest in offshore sailing and at least a little experience you should consider joining the OC crew (maximum 12) for this popular weekend of racing.

The Arrow Trophy Regatta is normally held on the first weekend in October.  The 2017 Regatta will be held on 14th/15th October.  We normally have a training day on the preceding Friday so you can join the crew on Thursday evening or early Friday morning in Port Solent, and we hand back the boat at Port Solent on Sunday.

For 2017 the personal contribution of £245, or £195 for those under the age of 25 on the first day of the regatta, covers 3 days charter, entry fee, on board food, fuel, berth fees, the Regatta dinner in the RORC. It does not cover your travel, accomodation ashore (if preferred) and one supper ashore on Friday night in Cowes. 

For more information: Google “Arrow Trophy.org.uk” and contact Alastair McRoberts (NH 09) at alastair.mcrobert@me.com or Toby Francis (NH 09) at tfrancis1001@gmail.com or contact the OCs office initially.

The Arrow Trophy is an open sailing competition between former pupils of independent schools, raced as an annual weekend regatta, in one-design yachts.  The race format is a series of short fleet races on Saturday, finishing up in Cowes in the late afternoon, followed by the Arrow Trophy Dinner at the Royal Ocean Racing Club.  The top four teams from the fleet races then go into a series of match races on Sunday to determine the overall winner, whilst the remaining competitors fleet race to determine the winner of the Charterhouse Bowl.  In total, there are five trophies to be won.

The event takes place annually in October on the Solent, aboard Sunsail’s fleet of F40 yachts based in Port Solent.  These yachts have been developed from the Beneteau First 40.  Whilst Sunsail say these can be operated by an experienced crew of 8, the Arrow Trophy committee require a minimum of 9 crew (maximum of 12).  The Committee allow up to 3 declared ‘Ringers’, who are not former pupils of the school they are sailing for, in case there is a need to provide additional experience to handle the yachts safely.  The spinnaker is 128 square metres of sail and needs firm handling.  Onboard sleeping accommodation is 8.  Most crews choose to sleep onboard the yacht, but there are rooms available at the various Cowes yacht clubs and B&Bs locally.

The Arrow Trophy Yacht Racing Association charters 25 boats and over 20 schools are represented.  Some schools enter 2 crews.