General Race Questions & Answers

SAS Yachtmaster Offshore. If the boat is foreign flagged though, please discuss with race committee.

This is first and foremost a yacht race sand Sailing event. You would need to complete the course fully under sail to comply.

Contact the RCYC Sailing office ( would guide you further. It is not complicated, but a requirement in order to enter.

Contact the RCYC sailing office ( who would keep you details and share it with perspective parties.

Every situation is different. But the norm is crew would contribute towards onboard cost (Food, Diesel etc…) and towards delivery costs. We would recommend discussing and agreeing with the skipper upfront.

Yes, in all likeliness boats will be required to anchor. It is part of the safety requirement to have adequate anchoring equipment and is noted in the NOR. Boats that do not comply where needed will face disqualification and a ban, notwithstanding that there will be limited moorings which will be allocated.

We will likely try and engage St Helena Yacht Services which in the past, for a nominal fee per boat agreed to check boats daily on moorings and will be responsible for the loading.

In short we don’t know. We are still in talks with the shippers, but final details will only be available around mid 2024.

IN order of entry.

Once form and PAYMENT have been received. No exceptions.

The entry fee in NON refundable.

This window will open up around six months from the start, ideally you can do it simultaneously with your LGSC. You will be advised in Race newsletters.

For shipping and for that matter, the same as for measuring length for a marina. Your boat is measured from the foremost part (in your case front of bowsprit) the aft most part. So yes, bowsprit would be part of the measurement. If you don’t add it in and your boat is longer, you won’t be loaded as you will displace more space in the packing then declared and therefore planned for in the deck plan of the ship.

Firstly to note, the Race Chairman is a big proponent to Short Handed Offshore Sailing. The Cape to St Helena is traditionally a Corinthian event, one of the goals is to introduce more people to the island (and our obligation to St Helena Tourism) and to offshore sailing. There are talks that the South Star Race might resume and that would fill the requirement as a pure Shorthanded event for South Africans late in 2021.  Therefore, the minimum crew number for this event has been set at Three.

No, it needs to be a Transponder. Ie. To see and be seen. This is not only an important safety requirement but it is also more important to be seen then it is to see. So having a receiver is of very little safety value. It is the ability for others to see you especially should there be a Search and Rescue operation or simply by shipping in poor visibility. Please ensure you comply. There will be no concessions.

If your yacht used an estimated weight as some yachts that are not RCYC based have done, this would need to be corrected and an official ORC/TEXEL weighing (or measurement) would need to be done in order to ensure your ORC/TEXEL certificate is correct. This can be done at RCYC. You would need to arrange this with RCYC and the ORC/TEXEL measurer. ORC/TEXEL certificates with estimated weights will not be accepted

The “Red Duster” or the St Helena Flag on the starboard spreader.

There will be weekly direct flights to Cape Town.

We are in talks with the airline to ensure flights are available for all sailors and where possible a “race special”

Very doable, in fact some entrants chose this option as it is a very enjoyable passage if done correctly (Not to mention saving on shipping costs and flights), if you contact Race office, we will put you in touch with experienced people who would be happy to advise you.

No problem, the Race Committee is there to help and make it as user friendly as possible, if you would like, we can pair you up with an experienced sailor who would be able to give you advise as and when you need it, in your build up.

Yes, as long as you comply to all the requirements.

Yes, that is progress, you would still need to comply with the other regulations, eg. Be able to prove that you can at all times have the ability to motor for 8 consecutive hours at 5 knots, so this power would need to be in addition to what the boat normally uses etc.




Ideally carrying British pounds is best.

Very few, do not count on this and ensure you have sufficient cash.

Ha haha, this is an authentic remote island, some things you will have to forego.

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