Round Britain crews prepare

Challenge Business event to start on 19 April

Wednesday January 22nd 2003, Author: Rachel Anning, Location: United Kingdom
Crew Volunteers who are taking part in the Round Britain Challenge, in association with the Daily Telegraph, are busy training and preparing for the inaugural race and, with just a few weeks to go, have been given the news that the race is to be run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

"The Round Britain Challenge is another first of its kind event," comments Simon Walker, managing director for Challenge Business, "and we are continuing to build on our existing relationship with the RORC following last year's highly successful Challenge Transat and our previous Global Challenges.

"We are delighted Crew Volunteers who take part in the race will satisfy the racing criteria required for eligibility to apply for membership of the RORC. This will enable them to benefit both from the incredible experience of the race and to use the event as a springboard for their future sailing plans."

The Round Britain Challenge sets sail on Saturday April 19th for a non-stop circumnavigation of Britain and Ireland. When the race was announced last July, the berths on all five yachts were sold within six weeks. This meant that race organisers, Challenge Business had to release another three yachts to cope with the demand. The organisers have come up with another winning formula; a unique race around the spectacular sailing grounds of Britain and Ireland, equally matched crews in identical yachts, full training plus the feasibility to train and race in the event during an individual's annual leave and now also qualifying CVs for membership.

"A great number of previous Challenge Business Crew Volunteers have become members of the RORC and I'm delighted this opportunity is now open to participants of the Round Britain Challenge.

"There has been a great deal of interest in the race from the very start. Skippers and mates are currently being paired, the yachts are being prepared and the Crew Volunteers are gearing up for what promises to be one of Challenge Business' most popular events."

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