Team Challenge Racing is a youth offshore sailing team, which aims to provide 10 Male and 10 Female sailors between the ages of 17 and 25 with the chance to compete as part of a high performance team. The campaign allows sailors to excel in the world of offshore sailing and helps to create a strong foundation from which they can launch a professional sailing career. TCR aims to have a lasting impact within the sailing world, and hopes to inspire the future generation of offshore sailors. This squad of like-minded, passionate sailors have been given the opportunity to compete in a multitude of offshore events.
The Team Challenge Racing concept was founded by Skipper/ Director Charlie Ellis, who formulated the plan after racing as the bowman on Project Racing Team’s Volvo Open 70. After experiencing life in a high performance campaign and a Rolex Fastnet Race, he was inspired. Charlie wanted to create a team, to offer young and passionate sailors a similar opportunity to the one that he had been given. With some of the help of some of the greatest business and sailing minds, Team Challenge Racing slowly became a reality.
The team has gone from strength to strength; in October 2016 they were awarded the RORC Oldland/ Watts Aquadanca trophy (Sigma 38 with the most points in the Offshore Series). This marked a huge milestone for the team and showcased their potential. With the main focus of their 2017/19 sailing calendar being the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, the youth team has a lot to prove and achieve along their ambitious and exciting journey.
Team Challenge Racing is currently campaigning their Sigma 38 in partnership with the British Offshore Sailing School, they are supported by a unique team of sponsors and support staff (including Dee Caffari as their Sailing Director). The team will undergo an extensive training program, in order to prepare them for the rigours of offshore sailing.
With the future of this enthusiastic team looking bright, they have ambitions to compete upon an international circuit, in events including the RORC Transatlantic Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.