Open to ocean going yachts, the exciting opportunity of racing the globe in the Corinthian spirit of the first Whitbread is at last available to all, whether racing for yourself, your club or your country.
Developed by Sir Chay BLYTH, executive chairman of Challenge Business, and based on the early Whitbread Round the World Race years, when entries were comprised predominantly of yachts seen regularly racing in a country's home waters and crewed by enthusiastic club sailors, the Corinthian Challenge is designed to attract international owners of yachts, who have dreamt of racing around the world, tackling the highs, lows and challenges of the world's oceans.
Few opportunities exist for non-professional sailors to race around the world and most are for grand prix designs, requiring grand prix budgets or with the emphasis on the extreme, such as single handed. The Corinthian Challenge offers the opportunity to take a production or semi-production racing yacht, capable of facing the extremes of weather and waves, crewed with experienced amateurs and set off around the globe, pitting oneself against similarly designed yachts and similarly skilled sailors.
Starting in the UK in September 2006, the course will comprise 8 legs, heading south to the Canaries and South Africa, before turning east for Australia, New Zealand, finally heading north to South America, the Caribbean and a final dash home East across the Atlantic. Racing for the pride of winning, the Corinthian Challenge is aimed at racing yachts within a TCC rating band of 1.140 and 1.450, with a minimum length overall of 58ft (17.66m). Yachts will be scored using the internationally accepted IRC handicapping system, ensuring a wide range of existing and new yachts are eligible to compete, using a fair and level rating handicap.
Following the launch of the concept last year, the early response from the yachting community indicates that the Race has been well received and well timed. No other race offers non-professional sailors the opportunity to race around the world on their own yacht.
Further details are available on the event website at the address below.