Solent Forts Race

Welcome to the Solent Forts Race. Now in it's seventh 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.

This year the Solents Forts Race is to be the first race of the Allen Endurance Series, a new series of three long distance races designed to challenge sailors and their equipment. Not only are there great prizes on offer for series winners, but also SailRacer are providing all boats with trackers with live results and positions relayed back to the clubhouse and available on their website. As part of the series, the Solent Forts Race is this year proud to be sponsored by Allen and SailRacer.

Thanks all for a great weekend! Full results and links to the GPS track are available on the SFR 2018 race page.

Next year's Solent Forts Race will take place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th June 2019. Put it in your diaries now!

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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.

Race format

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.


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