Sail a Volvo Open 70 - win a crew place

by Fearless Projects in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Sail a Volvo Open 70 - win a crew place
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by Fearless Projects in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Your chance to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in an Volvo Open 70 and live your dreams.

For every £10, you will receive an entry to win a crew place, worth £3995 on this iconic voyage. 

The ARC is a ‘must do’ for many sailors, and attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year to sail 2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.

The fleet will start their Atlantic adventure on Sunday 24 November sailing directly to Saint Lucia, spending 18-21 days at sea on the classic trade wind route. The ARC offers competitive racing, and a spectacular welcome in Rodney Bay.

The prize includes:

  • Skipper
  • Mate
  • Navigator
  • 2 Deck Hands
  • On board training
  • Berth on boat
  • Team polo 
  • All marina and berthing fees
  • Food onboard while training and racing
  • Lifejacket and foulies 
  • Race entry fees

Life on board

This is not a cruise - it's a true taste of life onboard an ocean racing yacht. Conditions are cramped, the 'galley' is a kettle and the heads are definitely an experience... especially when you are pitched over up wind. But you'll be a key member of our team and get involved in every aspect of the race. Our professional crew will be on hand 24/7 to guide you and push you to the edge of your comfort zone. You'll build confidence (and lots of miles for your log book), learn new skills and achieve things you never thought would be possible. Better yet, the camaraderie is second to none and you'll walk away with friends for life. 

The details

You'll join the boat in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on 20 November 2019 and after a couple of days training and enjoying the festivities, we set sail on 24 November. The 2700 NM across the Atlantic will take 2-3 weeks and we expect to arrive in Rodney Bay, St Lucia in mid-December. If you win and these dates don't work for you, we'll get you on to one of our many other exciting sailing trip experiences to the same prize value.

What is required of you

  • Pledge your entry for your chance to win. You can enter as many times as you like - every £10 gets you a chance at winning. The more entries you pledge, the more likely you are to win.
  • You need to be available for the race dates and able to get yourself to and from the start and finish ports of Las Palmas and Rodney Bay.
  • You need to have a valid passport, any visas required to travel in and adequate travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
  • You need to be over 18 yrs of age at the start of the trip.
  • The race involves sailing across an ocean and not near immediate medical help, so you should have a reasonable degree of fitness, the ability to move around the boat safely and not have any medical conditions that require active treatment or are likely to be exacerbated during the expedition.
  • You don't have to have any sailing experience, but we do guarantee that after a trip like this, you'll be hooked!
  • A can-do attitude and a stash of banter are a definite bonus.

Don’t want to risk not winning?

If you love the sound of joining us for the experience of a lifetime, but don’t want to take the risk of not winning, then we have paid places available. You can see the full details and sign up on our website.

About the team

We are here to teach, train and race the boat whilst you have the opportunity to get as involved as you like. 

Lance Shepherd, Skipper

Lance comes from an outstanding sailing background. He started sailing in the scouts (too many years ago to count), joined the Marines, worked on the Lytham lifeboats and then moved to the Solent teaching for Sunsail and UKSA. In 2017/18 he skippered the Clipper Round the World Race on the Liverpool boat, circumnavigating with a team of amateur sailors.

Lance is the driving force behind Fearless Projects, developing the mantra of allowing the crew to learn and develop in all areas of the race.

Claire Fulton, Project Director

Claire grew up sailing on the west coast of Scotland. She circumnavigated around the world on the Clipper Round the World Race and reigniting her love of sailing. Having worked in events and hospitality for over 20 years, Claire is excited to combine both these worlds.

Fearless Projects was born from a love for sailing and the ambition to make it a sport that is accessible to everyone, from all walks of life. Watching people grow, develop and thrive on the experience is our passion. After an illustrious racing career, the boat was being unused. We bought her and have enjoyed bringing her back to racing fitness and watching her power through the waves again, as she was designed to do, has been almost as exciting as watching the joy of the people that sail on her. 


Originally known as Telefonica Black or Black Jack, she competed in the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race. 

Builder: Southern Ocean
Hull Designer: Farr Yacht Design
Model: Volvo Open 70
Year Built: 2008
LOA: 21.50m / 70.54ft
Beam: 5.70m / 18.70ft
Draft: 4.50m / 14.76ft
Displacement: 14,000kg / 30,865lbs
Engine: Volvo D2 (75hp) Diesel

How will the money be spent

Running a racing boat isn’t cheap. Something we know only too well after re-fitting Kraken and keeping her maintained throughout the recent racing season. The costs add up quickly when you consider things like food, fuel, berthing fees, insurance, communications equipment and safety equipment - all of which have to be serviced regularly to meet the strict standards required by the governing agencies that we adhere to. By doing this project, we hope to remove the cost barrier and opening this opportunity out to everyone. 

This is an all or nothing campaign so in order for anyone to win the chance to join the adventure we need to meet the full funding target of £3995. If we raise more than the minimum, then any extra money will be put towards offering an apprentice crew place, to play our part in keeping the sport available to all.


When will the draw take place?

Wednesday 2 October 2019

What happens if I win?

You will be notified by email and then have a busy hour or six telling all your friends! We will send you more details about the adventure and ask you to confirm that you are able to participate, that you can get to and from the race start and end points, and that you have the correct travel documentation, then it will be all about getting ready for an amazing adventure!

What is included in the expedition?

All meals and accommodation on board, marina fees, fuel, skipper and crew, sailing waterproofs, lifejackets and safety equipment.

What isn’t included?

Travel to and from the race start/finish ports and personal travel insurance

What if I can’t make the dates for the ARC?

We can chat about our other adventures and find a spot that suits you.

What happens if you don’t reach your target?

This is an all or nothing campaign so if we don’t reach our target of £3995 there won't be a draw and no one will get to win this amazing opportunity. You can help make sure that doesn’t happen by getting your entry in and spreading the word far and wide. In this case, we will use any money raised to fund an apprentice crew position.

What happens if you exceed your target?

Any extra money raised will be put towards supporting crew places for aspiring ocean racers.

Do I need to be an expert sailor?

No, the expert crew on board will take care of the boat and show you everything that you need to know as well as helping to build your sailing skills. The race will take us approx 18-21 days, sailing through the day and night. During this time you will be working in a shift or 'watch' system to keep the boat sailing 24hrs per day. Leaving sight of land is a special experience and completing an ocean crossing brings a sense of achievement like no other. Whilst you don't need any sailing experience to take part in the expedition, you should have a sense of adventure and a desire to be a part of the team.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 punt

You're in with a chance for your life to get exciting!

£20 or more

£20 double it!

Twice the chance to live your dreams

£50 or more

£50 - I'm feeling lucky

The bigger you go, the luckier you get... 5 chances to be in to win.

£100 or more

£100 - I can almost feel the spray on my face!

"I crossed the Atlantic for £100" bragging rights included.

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