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First 45 Race Charter


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Sailplane II A First 45 being launched following an extensive refit at Universal Shipyard in the UK.

During the refit she has benefited from a reworked sail inventory making use of her triple spreader racing rig and carbon spinnaker pole including a ‘Fat head’ mainsail with twin backstays, masthead symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnaker configuration and a code 0. Re-faired keel and rudder ensure slippery progress.

Her easy cockpit layout with twin Carbon Wheels make moving around easy whether carving around a race course or simply at anchor for lunch.
Although the First 45 is already a proven performer, she is easy to sail and is a safe, stable vessel, highly suitable for corporate teamwork. Normally would provide a suitable skipper and mate depending on the charterers’ experience.


Please scroll down to read about the races in detail.



The Giraglia Rolex Cup, which comprises of one of the most renowned offshore race series in the Mediterranean. The week-long event commences with a race from San Remo, Italy to Saint-Tropez, France. The historic port of Saint-Tropez then plays hosts to three days of inshore racing before the start of the main event; a 243 nautical mile offshore race.

Following their departure from Saint-Tropez, the fleet head through the idyllic Iles d’Hyères and across the open sea before the symbolic rounding of the Giraglia, a rocky islet off northern Corsica, before racing to the finish in Genoa, Italy.

Races are organized by Yacht Club Italiano under the aegis of the Federazione Italiana Vela, the Fédération Française de Voile in collaboration with: Société Nautique de St. Tropez, City of Saint Tropez, Yacht Club de France, Yacht Club Sanremo, Union Nationale pour la Course au Large.



The history of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE is the chronicle of competition sailing of the highest level in Spain and the Mediterranean. More than thirty editions support a sports event that has tried, from its very beginning, to improve day by day, growing into one of the most prestigious European regattas.

Its origins go back to 1982, when the Asociación Nacional de Cruceros (National Cruisers Association) and the Real Club Náutico de Palma organized the first edition of the regatta in the facilities of the latter, an event which was opened to all classes with compensated time. More than fifty boats attended, also attracted by the Campeonato Internacional del Mediterráneo, in which the two first editions of the RCNP’s regatta were included.



Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is an amazing rendezvous of yachts. First run over 35 years ago as La Nioulargue, the regatta gathers together the most extraordinary collection of yachts, from the ultra modern to the most beautiful traditional yachts including the amazing J Class.

A host of racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all over the globe to do battle in the bay of Saint-Tropez. This is a fabulous event, based out of the Old Port of St Tropez. The Old Port is a vibrant but traditional and beautiful setting for the activities which take place every evening around the harbour. Behind the Old Port, there are a maze of back streets hiding some excellent boutique restaurants, café bars and shops. The outdoor Race Village system organised around the new look bar and its terrace and the official Voiles Kappa clothing stand. This area, specially fitted out for the duration of Les Voiles, is open every day.



The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet and The Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968.

The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. Equally, the race is blessed with unsurpassed scenery with its course, taking competitors close to a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Famous competitors have included Eric Tabarly, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Francis Chichester (fresh from his round the world adventure).

High profile boats from the world’s top designers take part, most in pursuit of line honours and the record – competing yachts include the Slovenian Maxi Esimit Europa II and the extreme Maxi 72’s, Cookson 50’s such as Cippa lipp and Cantankerous; and pocket rockets such as XP-act and Artie. In 2014 a contrasting race saw extremely light winds replaced by storm force conditions.

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