Doublehanded race to Spain
With just six months to the 18 June start of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s BNY Mellon Biscay Challenge double-handed yacht race from the Solent to northern Spain, interest is growing in the 540-mile chase through the Bay of Biscay.
Already 20 potential skippers have expressed an interest in the 540 miles race and Hon Race Director Roger Townsend is confident of converting those to confirmed entries and today throws down the challenge to attract still more would be competitors.
“It is one of the most challenging and tactical races around,” said Townsend. “I cannot promise what the weather will be – last time there was very little wind – but what I can assure competitors is of a well organised race with great hospitality at both ends. Competitors need not have had previous racing experience, but we do need to be assured that both boats and crews are properly prepared and equipped to cross the Bay of Biscay.
Entries are open to monohulls and multihulls of 25-50ft to take the challenge from the Solent to the enchanting sailing town of Hondarribia in the heart of Basque country which stands on the south bank of the river Bidasoa, a natural frontier between France and Spain.
The race is organised by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club and backed by the leading investment house BNY Mellon, part of the Bank of New York, is the evolution of a long standing biennial double handed non-stop yacht race from the UK to northern Spain. For the Biscay Challenge the club is working with Club Nautico Hondarribia - Hondarribiako Itsaskari Baita, the energetic sailing club of Hondarribia to handle organisation at the Spanish destination
“We hope skippers will think seriously about joining us on the Biscay Challenge,” said Townsend. “The race will take about four days and the round trip need only take two weeks - or Hondarribia could become the launch pad for a cruise along the Basque coast.”