Volvo 60 Challenger
Volvo 60 Challenger is a modified Whitbread 60 Round the World Race boat (later known as Volvo 60’s). She was initially intended to compete in the 1997 edition of the race. When funding issues put paid to America’s Challenge campaign in Cape Town the boat returned to California. She went into long-term storage. Only occasionally venturing out onto the race course for the Newport – Ensenada Race and a couple of Transpac’s. During this time, however, a lot of interesting modifications were made to adapt the already sleek Alan Andrews design towards short handed racing. The result is a blistering fast W60 with all the manners of an Open 60.
Her unique history has rendered Challenger the lowest mileage Volvo 60 in the world with possibly the most up to date technical set up of any vessel in her class. She is in excellent condition inside and out and able to easily show her best even to an inexperienced crew who can quickly and easily get the hang of roller furling headsails, split backstay system, and asymmetric bowsprit run spinnakers.
If you want to sample the best this class of boats had to offer this is the boat that can allow anyone the chance to emulate the best speeds a Volvo crew could hope to see.
What to Expect
- The skipper of Challenger gives you the opportunity to sail on a 60ft, 25kt+ capable, pro race boat in some of the world’s most prestigious regattas or on one of a number of ‘bucket list’ ocean crossing voyages.
- You become an active member of our crew- not a passenger. You will assist with helming, sail trimming and all the normal duties of a crew member whilst having the opportunity to learn about weather routing, navigation, race tactics & short-handed sailing techniques from a highly experienced skipper and mate.
- We provide the boat, a highly skilled professional crew, full safety training and total support throughout the voyage. So you have a great time whilst making either a HR objective or personal dream a reality.
- Your skipper and mate are going to be there for your entire experience with us and will help you through every aspect of the adventure. From learning about all the safety equipment present onboard right through to what to wear and what to pack- we can help you navigate the whole process. Find out more
Before starting your event you will complete a two-day training event provided by the skipper and mate running the boat you are sailing on. This trip will equip you the information you require to be safe onboard the vessel in all circumstances and the insights that will make your experience come to life. the first day of training covers safety and the second-day deckwork. The online guide details further what your training will cover. Learn more
All the skippers have already sailed around the world so they have a broad range of experiences to draw on and share with you. Whether it is tips on what to wear, how to stay clean & fresh or how to set up your bunk so it is comfy as possible. the skipper and mates will be there to guide you through the process. They don’t want you to merely ‘survive’ the experience, they want you to really live it! The online guide gives you the inside track on what to expect during your event. Learn more
They often say, ‘ you are what you eat’ but in offshore sailing we could also add, ‘ you are what you wear’. Getting this one important element of your packing wrong before an event can lead to a really miserable experience on board the boat – whether it be from too much heat or excessive cold. Our online guide gives you a hand choosing which clothing to pack and which to leave at home. Learn more
Learning how to deal with the weather on board a boat at sea requires a good degree of common sense and the insight of a professional who has already been through the same conditions. whether it is the burning heat of the Equator or the frigid winter cold of our home waters in Atlantic Canada the professional crews will help you adapt as much as possible. Our online guide gives you a run down how to deal with both extremes. Learn more
|• 8 minimum charter crew compliment for competitive racing|
• If Whole Boat charter crew is less than 8 then we reserve the right to add Single Berth bookings
• Two days Preparation and Training
• Entry Fee
• Berthing Costs
• Food / Drinks on board when racing
• On board accommodation from start of training if available
|• On board berths 12, including charter crew – available on a first come, first served basis
• Engine Fuel
• Tank Water
• Crew Shirts
• All Safety Gear
• Hull cleaned and yacht race ready
• Discounts: Whole Boat charter will receive a discount on the Single Berth charter rate
|• Class: Modified Volvo 60|
• Length: 64’ /19,47m
• Beam: 17’ 1“/5,21m
• Draught: 12’7”/3.2m
• Weight: 13000 kilos
• Ballast Tanks: 660 gal./2500 ltr
|• Mast Height Over Deck: 90’ 6”/27m
• Main Sail Area: 1292sf/120m²
• Jib: 883sf/82²5,25m
• Reaching Genoa: 1292sf/120m²
• Gennaker: 3229sf/300m²
Challenger Refit 2015/16
Challenger is being given an extensive refit to ensure she is at her best. She arrived into Nova Scotia in September 2015 after her delivery round from California and immediately went to the boat yard where she had her hull repaired and a new coat of antifoul applied. They had a tent erected over the boat and began repainting the entire deck. This included repainting the bow of the boat into her Spartan fleet colour of orange. They took the time to swap out or overhaul all those elements onboard that take a lot of punishment in voyaging and racing and start to show cosmetic and mechanical wear over time. They have replaced the pushpits and pulpits, cockpit bags, bunk bottoms, interior storage pockets, and nav seat cushions. In 2016 a full new complement of Spinlock Life jackets for the 2016 season was brought onboard, new liferafts and a lot of new rope and deck hardware. New sails were a new Code 0, A2, A3 and Mainsail. That leaves only our J2 and J4 which are not brand new and they only have 6000Nm on them.
Chris Stanmore-Major is an extremely experienced sailor and sail training instructor. As of 2018, he has sailed approximately 300,000Nm (more than the distance to the moon) in yachts ranging from 45′ – 150′. This mileage includes two races around the world – once as the skipper of ‘Qingdao’ the Chinese entry in the 2009/10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and once solo in 2010/11 in the Velux 5 Oceans Race sailing ‘Spartan’ an IMOCA Open 60
Successfully finishing the V5O made Chris only the 182nd person ever to complete a solo sailing circumnavigation of the world, which when we consider 4500 people have summited Everest and 450 have been into space makes for entry into a very select sailing club.
Known better as CSM in the press, Chris got his first experience of life afloat when at the age of 18 he became a volunteer for the Hong Kong Outward Bound School on board the school’s 144ft Brigantine Sail Training Vessel ‘Ji Fung’. Since then Chris has been an officer in the British Royal Naval Reserve, has returned to Outward Bound as a Senior Instructor and Head of Sailing, has skippered 120′ multi-million dollar super yachts in the Med, USA and HK and has successfully completed the most difficult task possible in sail training – preparing a team of 21 amateur sailors to handle a 68′ racing yacht as part of the Clipper Yacht Race. Chris lead his team around the world venturing deep into the Southern Ocean between Africa and Australia and later sailed out across the high latitudes of the North Pacific through a hurricane mid-ocean without incident. Qingdao took 5 podium places and both vessel and crew home returned safe and sound 9 months later in 7th place overall.
Past Projects skipper Challenger
2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans
Skipper – ‘Spartan’
The ‘Velux 5 Oceans’ formally known as the ‘BOC Around Alone ‘ is the oldest solo around the world race having had its first edition in 1982. The 2010-11 edition was competed for by a small fleet of Open 60’s representing, America, Poland, Canada, Belgium and Great Britain. CSM piloted Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Open 60 ‘Grey Power’ renamed and branded as ‘Spartan’ for this race.
Although new to solo sailing and only having a very small budget CSM managed to not only complete the race but steadily improve throughout it racking up 4th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd and then 2nd in the five separate legs. He also achieved the longest day’s run for that edition of the race. Whilst rounding Cape Horn fought back up the fleet (having dropped 500Nm behind after damaging his mainsail) to finish just off 2nd place in the closest finishing margin in solo racing history- 40 secs after 6500Nm!
2009-10 Clipper Race Skipper – ‘Qingdao’
Ten identical boats each with one professional skipper and 20 crew represent ten nations in a 40,000Nm circumnavigation of the planet.
CSM skippered the Chinese entry ‘Qingdao’ which won 5 podium positions and finished 7th overall in the 2009-10 edition. Qingdao’s race included a 6hr distance record in the Southern Ocean, an unforgettable 3rd place going into their home port in China after the ferocious beat up the South China Sea and a remarkable passage through a hurricane in the North Pacific.
CSM Offshore sailor
Some fun moments from the Clipper Race, Velux 5 Oceans Race and a rafting trip in New Zealand
Regatta’s Volvo 60 Challenger
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