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Offshore Challenge

The CORA Offshore Challenge was initiated in 2006 to allow CORA sailors to demonstrate their expertise in offshore ocean racing. The series consists of 6-7 long distance offshore races, including overnight races, that will test the seamanship of the competitors.


Offshore Challenge races include:

Spring and Fall Ocean races starting in the Charleston Harbor, out into the ocean and return (15-41 NM course depending on conditions)

Overnight race from Charleston Harbor to Georgetown, SC (Indigo Cup)

Two, 2-day races from Charleston Harbor to Rockville (Day 1) and return race next day (Sherriff's and Alice Cups)

Overnight race from Charleston Harbor to Savannah, GA

Every other year, the Offshore Challenge Series will include the Gulfstreamer Race from Daytona, Florida to Charleston, SC.  The next year for this race will be 2018.

Bravo class (spinnaker PHRF above 132) can participate in "Sprint" races in leiu of the overnight races. These races will start with the other fleets and sail one of the ocean courses finishing back at the start line. This will allow participating Bravo fleet boats to qualify for the Challenge Series.

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 Why sail in the Offshore Challenge?

These longer races are a great way to improve your general sailing skills as well as giving you an additional incentive and guidance to prepare your boat systems for cruising beyond the jetty.

What to expect

A little bit of everything – most ocean races include a mix of upwind and downwind sailing. There is also usually at least one point in the race where you and the rest of the fleet are wondering if the wind will ever blow again.  From time to time you will also have more wind than you know what to do with. Whatever the conditions, every race is a lot of fun and there are levels of competition for everyone.

Safety Requirements for Offshore

Several of our Offshore Challenge Series races stipulate Category 3 safety requirments.  “Category 3 - Races across open water, most of which is relatively protected or close to shorelines.”  - HERE are the Offshore Special Safety Regulations updated for 2017.  It is the Skipper's responsibility to equip their boat according to these requirements in order to compete in the races that stipulate Category 3.  Failure to do so is grounds for disqualification.

About the Pursuit Start

Some of the races use a Pursuit Start method. Instead of correcting the finish times based on each boat's rating, the starts are staggered with the slower boats starting first so that in theory all the boats will finish at the same time. In a pursuit race, first to finish actually wins. It also makes it easier to plan post race activities because everyone arrives at the destination at closer to the same time.


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