The race, the largest of its kind in the world, sees around 1,200 yachts race from Cowes around the Isle of Wight and back again - about 50 nautical miles (93 km).
None of the CCF cadets selected to take part in the event have sailing experience, but all have shiploads of enthusiasm.
To prepare for the gruelling race, the crew have been doing theory lesson on sailing twice a week, and this week (March 28-April 1) they are living and sleeping aboard a 44ft yacht and sailing around the Solent. By the end of the week, all will achieve RYA Competent Crew award.
Being run by Commodore Yachting, the crew are learning: knowledge of general sailing terminology and the parts of a boat, including her rigging and sails; sail handling and setting the sails; ropework and knots; fire precautions and emergency actions; personal safety equipment; man overboard actions; emergency equipment; meteorology; seasickness; helmsmanship; general duties; manners and customs; rules of the road; tender use and rowing.
At the end of the course, the aim is for the team to be handy and capable members of a crew.
Thank you to the RAF Charitable Trust, Ulysses Trust and Connaught Trust, which have given very generous donations to help fund this exercise.