Round Britain rescheduled

Challenge Business bumps this autumn's repeat race back to 2004

Wednesday July 30th 2003, Author: Rachel Anning, Location: United Kingdom
The Challenge Business have delayed the second running for their Round Britain Challenge until next year. This follows the first running of the Round Britain Challenge this easter. The second race this year was scheduled after the Challenge Business claim they were deluged for a repeat event, but the move to 2004 is aimed to help those who cannot get the time off this year when they have already used much of their 2003 leave allocation on other holidays.

The Race is now scheduled to start from the Solent on 31 July 2004 and will be raced in the Challenge 67ft Class Race fleet. The yachts are expected to take a little under two weeks to complete the 1,850 mile course.

For the first time, Challenge Business is considering inviting owners of its former 67ft Challenge Fleet to enter yachts in the event alongside their own yachts. They include the Ministry of Defence, which bought four of Challenge Business 67 footers over the past two years.

The ‘level playing field’ ethos would be maintained by the strict application of the 67ft Class Rules and pre and post event scrutineering. The crews would similarly be regulated with a maximum of two professional yachtsmen (ISaF Groups 3 and 2)* on each yacht.

Challenge Business is still registering Crew Volunteers to compete in the race. A berth costs £3750, which includes full training, sailing suit, branding clothing, race insurance and invitations to functions.

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