Around & Back Challenge

Saturday 26th September 2026

“This event is for the adventurer, for the sailor who aspires to the ultimate challenge… short-handed, nonstop, around the world via the three great capes. An event with clear guidelines, an event to facilitate your dream in, quite possibly, the boat you already own!”  Guy Waites

Race Details

Dates

Note of intent to qualify for discounted entry fees — NOW OPEN

1 January 2024 – Qualifying passage period starts

26 January 2026 – Discounted entry fee period ends

26 April 2026 – Net entry fee ends

26 june 2026 – Qualifying passage period ends

1 August 2026 – Submit IRC Certificates

26 August 2026 – Last date for 10% premium entry fee payment – Entry Closed

19 September 2026 – Boats Berthed in Plymouth

26 September 2026 – Race Start 1200hrs BST

Contacts

Race Director
Administration

Social Media

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Entry & Payment

Race Documents

Race documents will be posted here in due course and when published

“Project ABC”

The Royal Western Yacht Club was the very first club to introduce short handed and fully crewed offshore and oceanic racing. The corinthian approach to revive the Whitbread Round the World Race several years ago has since been a successful event as with the first solo Golden Globe Race (GGR) being such a well represented format at the corinthian level.

We see an opening.

The RWYC have developed the Around and Back Challenge to appeal to the adventurer who wishes to complete a circumnavigation in their own boat, rating on IRC or non-rated, with the only main restriction being the boat must be between 35-60ft. The entry can be solo or double handed, and will align with the OSR Cat 0 regulations.

It is our intention to help as many sailors with the required experience to achieve their dream at a reasonable level of investment with the confidence of knowing that one of the worlds most experienced oceanic yacht clubs is with them in their quest to concor their ‘Everest’.

Next Event Begins In…

Bronze

Invitation for 2 to the Commodores Reception to meet the skippers at RWYC Plymouth

Banner / flag in race village (supplied by the company)

Listed on the event website and Facebook page

Social media coverage on event Facebook page

£2,000

Silver

Invitation for 2 to the Commodores Reception to meet the skippers at RWYC Plymouth

Banner / flag in race village (supplied by the company)

Listed on the event website and Facebook page

Social media coverage on event Facebook page

Invitation for 2 to go afloat to watch the start in Plymouth Sound from a spectator vessel

£3,000

Gold

Invitation for 2 to the Commodores Reception to meet the skippers at RWYC Plymouth

Banner / flag in race village (supplied by the company)

Listed on the event website and Facebook page

Social media coverage on event Facebook page

Invitation for 2 to go afloat to watch the start in Plymouth Sound from a spectator vessel

Invitation for 2 to attend the Half Crown Club party at the National Marine Aquarium – Reef

Invitation for 2 to attend the Awards ceremony

£4,000

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