Don McIntyre announced another retro sailing race. This time, the 50th anniversary of the Whitbread Round the World Race will be recreated using retro rules. Similar to the successful 2018 Golden Globe Race that just concluded, this event will follow a similar idea.
Following the old clipper ship routes around the world, the four leg, 27000 mile race will replicate the first Whitbread fully crewed global challenge in 1973.
Entries are limited to ‘approved’ fibreglass production yachts designed prior to 1988, from 47ft (14.32m) to 66ft (20.11m) LOA segregated into two groups:
ADVENTURE 47 to 56ft (14.32-17.06m) & SAYULA 56-66ft (17.07-20.11m) classes. In addition, original entries from the first three Whitbread Races (1973/4, 1977/8 and 1981/2) together with ‘Class surveyed’ production sail training yachts up to 68ft (20.73m) make up a third FLYER Class.
Rules and approved boats are here:
Currently, the Nautor Swan production yachts that fall within the age/length parameters are currently approved. Expect similar well-proven production yachts to be submitted for approval in the coming years. The fleet is limited to a maximum of 30 yachts and the Race will be sailed under the International Collision Regulations.
Nautor Swan 48 ADVENTURE CLASS (59-NORTH Pic)
As a retro race, new technologies are banned. Navigation will be by sextant and paper charts.
BANNED items include:
Satphone -Private Use (only to Race Control)
Ham Radio transmissions
Carbonfibre or other high tech materials used in sails, rigging, spars etc,
Spinnaker socks, Code 0 furling
No more than 11 sails (sloop) or 13 sails ketch (Time Penalty for extra replacement sails)
iPhone, iPad and computers (but all sealed onboard for crew use in ports only)
Digital music (cassette tapes only)
This will be another wonderful race for those teams that start organizing now!
Organized by Don McIntyre: