Global Yacht Racing have taken part in some fantastic challenges over the last couple or years, In 2006 it was the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, a 1600 mile race around the British Isles, in 2007 it was the Epic Rolex Middle Sea Race which saw some of the wildest weather that part of the Med has ever seen. They have also competed in four Rolex Sydney to Hobart races with amateur crews. So they are definitely up for the next big sailing challenge which RORC have recently unveiled, the Madeira Race 2008.
This 2600 nautical mile race is going to start and finish in Cowes and race down to the Island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. The race is split into two legs; outbound and return, and crew changes are allowed. The race from Cowes to Madeira is due to start on the 11th of August and the race back from Madeira will leave on the 26th of August.
The tough racecourse will take racers west through the English Channel, past the Channel Islands and the French coast and out into the notorious Bay of Biscay then into the Atlantic Ocean heading south down the Spanish and Portuguese coast, and continuing south down the African coast to the Portuguese Island of Madeira.
It is bound to be a tough event given the different regions and seas that the crew will sail, the Bay of Biscay crossing is not for the fainthearted and the passage could take up to ten days of Atlantic sailing as the crews race south after clearing Ushant.
Global Yacht Racing will run two campaigns for the event, the first will be the full campaign with training and qualifying RORC races and the full race to Madeira and back. The second campaign will involve the full training package and RORC qualifying races but just one leg either to or from Madeira.
Race package & programme
· 4 days intensive race training: 2nd to 5th June 2008
· Rorc Qualifying race 1 Morgan Cup: 6th to 8th June
· Offshore qualifying Passage: 20th to 23rd June
· RORC qualifying race 2 Channel Race: 26th 27th July
· Madeira Race leg 1: Departs 11TH August ETA 20th August
· Madeira Race leg 2: Departs Madeira approx 22nd August Finish 31st August
If you think that this challenge is for you then contact the team on +44 (0)845 634 1452 or email info(at)globalyachtracing.com for more info. Check out www.globalyachtracing.com for details of all the exciting offshore racing that they offer.