Welcome to the Solent Forts Race. Now in it's sixth year, the Solent Forts Race attracts a wide range of catamaran sailors from across the UK and beyond who come to compete in this challenging and unique long-distance race set in the Eastern Solent.
Hosted by the Hayling Ferry Sailing Club from their base in the dunes at the western tip of Hayling Island, a warm welcome awaits with good food, free camping and live music on the Saturday night.
The 2017 edition of this event was held at Hayling Ferry Sailing Club on Sunday 17th June with a practice race on the Saturday and the Club’s ‘Band-on-the-Beach’ summer party on Saturday evening. The weekend was sponsored by Harken and Wildwind.
Both days were hot and sunny with a sea breeze providing what one of the competitors described as ‘champagne sailing’ on Saturday.
The Solent Forts Race is a long-distance event for sports catamarans set in the Eastern Solent, with Hayling Island and Portsmouth to the north and the Isle of Wight to the west.
The race comprises a number of legs radiating out from a gate (like a star), allowing the course configuration and length to be adjusted according to the conditions prevailing on the day (see example course diagram below). The race gets its name from the Napoleonic Channel Forts that comprise two of the marks of the course.