Round Britain Race
The race starts on 19th April 2003, Easter Saturday from the Solent and will take the yachts round the British isles in a clockwise direction. The yachts are due to return approximately two weeks and some 1800 nautical miles later. The event has been designed to take in the two bank holiday weekends around the prior to minimise the amount of time competitors have to take off work.
The race will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sir Chay Blyth's win of the two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race, which the executive chairman of Challenge Business won in 1978 with Rob James in the trimaran Great Britain IV.
"We're delighted to be announcing our brand new race and to have the involvement of the Daily Telegraph. Once again we've listened to feedback that we've had from previous crew volunteers," explains Sir Chay. "Many have been asking us about racing closer to home and taking part in, what is, a famous navigational challenge. The race will follow a notorious and dramatic coastline, renowned for its variable weather conditions, challenging navigation and exciting racing.
"The idea of being able to fit in such a challenge into the average person's annual leave worked well with the Challenge Transat 2002 which is due to set sail next month.
"We're finding that these type of events are extremely popular because there is a growing trend towards people fulfilling passions for challenge, adventure and accomplishment. The Round Britain Challenge offers all three and once again, there is no other race or event of its kind, which offers such a challenge to the complete novice or more experienced sailor alike.
"Not only will Crew Volunteers be able to see Britain from a slightly different perspective but racing head-to-head in such challenging conditions will also mean that unique bonds will inevitably be formed and friends gained for life."
For crew wishing to take part it costs £3,450. This includes two five day training weekends, plus 3-4 days of race training. Each crew gets branded clothing and an invitation to the leaving and prize giving parties.
Readers of the Daily Telegraph newspaper also have a chance to win a berth on board.