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Slot still available on return leg of Challenge Business' Transat this August

Wednesday February 20th 2002, Author: Lynsey Brotherton, Location: United Kingdom
Challenge Transat 2002 is a series of two races from Southampton to Boston and then Boston back, due to start on 25 August 2002. Six of the Challenge Business' 72ft yachts will participate with 18 people on each including a skipper and a mate. Ten of the crew will have a one-way ticket while the remaining six will compete in both legs.

The first leg is already fully booked, but the organisers, Challenge Business, say there are still 24 seats left for anyone inclined to take the most appealing downwind sprint home.

The race is open to anyone aged between 21 and 65 - although certain medical conditions will preclude some individuals. While skippers and mates have yet to be confirmed, Challenge Business have asserted that final crew lists and skippers should be confirmed by the end of July.

To take part costs £4950 one-way or £8950 return. Competitors only taking the one-way route are expected to get themselves home from Boston.

Challenge Business are very pleased with the amount of interest the race has already generated, and are confident that this interest has been spurred on by providing a race in keeping with the crew volunteers' needs and requirements. Managing Director Steven Walker commented: "As with all of our races the success of this is down to the fact that we listen to what Crew Volunteers tell us. In this case they wanted a scaled-down version of the Global Challenge and a race that would take less time and money yet fundamentally use the same ingredients as the Global Challenge, i.e. identical yachts, equally matched crews and a real challenge."

The race is also being run under the auspices of RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) adding extra weight to its appeal. Challenge Business has said that RORC have come on board primarily as an extension of the relationship they had with the Global Challenge. The crewmembers will benefit from RORC's involvement, which will allow them to race under the clubs racing criteria.

Each leg is expected to last approximately three weeks and crewmembers are expected to attend two training courses before embarking on their trip.

Challenge business move

Challenge Business is now in its new home and head offices in Ocean Village, Southampton.

Despite this the old office will remain in operation for Sir Chay Blyth and his secretary, while the Plymouth office will continue for the technical staff and finance team, while World Cruising Club will remain in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Challenge Business, Meridians House, 7 Ocean Way, Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3TJ

Tel: 023 8071 5300 Fax: 023 8023 7111

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