2020 Members' BIG Prize Draw

The CA’s big draw prize for 2020 offers a chance for members to win a transatlantic sailing trip worth £2250 with First Class Sailing.


Opening on 1 March and exclusive to CA members, the winning entry will be drawn at the Southampton Boat Show in September (closing date to be confirmed) when one lucky person will win the opportunity to sail the Atlantic with our discount training partners, First Class Sailing (FCS).

The prize up for grabs is a 35-night sail from Antigua to Portsmouth, departing 17 Feb 2021 for one person. FCS has also offered 10% off for a second person booking. The value is £2,250, and the prize includes insurance, safety gear, all food/drinks on board plus a training weekend in the Solent beforehand.

A spokesman at FCS says, “You will likely be pushed on this trip but the sense of satisfaction when you get to the UK will be huge! You can expect to get around 3500+ miles in your log book.”



The yacht was built to sail around the world and indeed has achieved this twice in the BT Global Challenge yacht race. She is a very safe and solid yacht, spacious and comfy and well suited to sailing in the Atlantic. She meets all MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) safety Coding requirements.

There will be a professional skipper and mate aboard who will ensure your safety and give as much instruction as needed so that you the crew all come together to sail the boat as a team. You will take an active role in helping sail and run the boat. The accommodation is arranged towards the stern of the boat in areas of two and five comfy bunks. There is good refrigeration on board and a water maker so plenty of showers will be available.

From Antigua you will head north to get away from the easterly trade winds and into the more favourable westerlies. Whilst not guaranteed it is possible you will have a brief stop in the Azores. You are scheduled to reach Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth on 24th March where you will depart.

The winner will need to cover their own flight costs and any food/drink whilst ashore. The draw is open to any CA member aged between 21 and 75 years (those aged 65 to 75 may need to pay an additional insurance premium).

CA members can enter at any CA-run event, or by emailing a picture of their burgee being flown anywhere in the world to: office@theca.org.uk before September 2020. Members recommending new members will also be automatically entered into the draw.

Don’t forget that FCS also offers a discount to members on their courses. Login and visit the Discounts page on our website for more information.

5 February 2020