The Arrow Trophy is a sailing competition between Independent Schools, raced as an annual weekend regatta, in one-design yachts crewed by former pupils.
The event takes place on the challenging waters of the Solent, aboard Sunsail’s fleet of F40 yachts. The yachts are collected from Port Solent (Portsmouth) on Friday, and sailed, or motored, over to Cowes Yacht Haven.
The race format is short fleet racing on Saturday, finishing up in Cowes late afternoon, followed by the Arrow Trophy Dinner at the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) incorporating the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.
The top four teams from the fleet races then go into a series of match races on Sunday to determine the overall winner, for the Arrow Trophy, whilst the remaining competitors fleet race to determine the winner of the Charterhouse Bowl. In total, there are five trophies to be won.
Most crews choose to sleep onboard the yacht, but there are rooms available at the various Cowes yacht clubs and B&Bs and links are supplied on the Race Schedule page.
Sunsail’s F40 fleet has been developed from the Beneteau First 40. Whilst Sunsail say these can be operated by an experienced crew of 8, we require a minimum of 9 crew (maximum of 12) and are allowing up to 3 declared ‘ringers’ who are not former pupils of the school they are sailing for. The spinnaker is 128 square metres of sail (dip pole system) and needs firm handling! Onboard sleeping accomodation is 8.