Competitors Guide

Interested in entering the MailASail AZAB 2019?  Here’s what you need to know…

The Basics

The AZAB is open to single or two-handed crews and is a race from Falmouth Harbour, in the UK, to the town of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, part of the Azores Islands in the mid-atlantic.  Depending on their crossing time, competitors generally have a few days to enjoy the town before racing back to Falmouth.

The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, and boats will be rated using the IRC handicap.  There will be four monohull classes, split on handicap.

In the 2019 race, for the first time for many years, eligibility has been widened to include multihulls.

Schedule

The race will start from Falmouth at 1200 BST on Saturday on 1 June 2019. Classes will start in the order at the times given in sailing instructions.

The return leg from Ponta Delgada will start at 1350 local time on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

Entry has been open since 1st April 2017 and could be made for the standard fee until 31st January 2019. A grace period for delayed payments has been granted for the whole of February as a number of problems have been encountered by some entrants. (a late entry fee will be payable from the beginning of March).  The cut off date for late entries is 1st May 2019.

You must have completed your 300 mile qualifying passage before 1st May 2019.

How to Enter

Competitors can enter on this website.  Simply click the ‘Enter the MailASail AZAB 2019’ button in the top menu to start the entry process.

This will set up your website competitor account, which will enable you to enter further race entry information via your race profile page.  Simply log into the site, click ‘edit profile’ and complete all of the relevant fields concerning skipper information, crew information (if applicable) and boat details.

We appreciate that you may not have all of the relevant information at the time of entry, but as much as possible should be completed as soon as possible. You can edit and update your online entry form at any time as items change or you have new details available. Don’t leave it until the last minute!  The relevant fields must be completed by the timetable laid out in the notice of race, and you will receive reminder emails to ensure you remember to do this.

Please note that some of the fields entered in your online profile will be used to build a competitor profile, which can be viewed by general public on our ‘competitor profiles’ page, which will be published in the build up to the race.

You may converse with other competitors via the Facebook ‘closed group’ and the race committee may use this to send general messages. Messages with news and information will also be sent by email.

Online Payment

For any new registrations from 31st January the full entry fee of £960 will be taken upon registration via GoCardless Direct Debit for UK Entrants.  For non-UK entrants, payment must be made by BACS.(Charges and exchange rates are to your account)

Late entries can be made until 1st May 2019, but from 1st March must pay the entry full amount at the time of registration, plus an additional £240 late entry fee.

Is my boat eligible?

The regatta is open to boats that:

a)  are seaworthy Monohull or Multihull boats with hull length between 8.23m and 18.5m inclusive

b)  are sailed either single-handed or two-handed

c) have a current IRC rating or MOCRA Certificate

d) comply with OSR Category 1 requirements

Boats must carry a satellite telephone communication system which allows two-way voice communication with the organising committee throughout the race.

Qualifications

All competitors must complete a non-stop qualifying passage, under sail alone, of not less than 300nm in the boat in which they will complete the race.  The passage must be done alone if single-handed, or with your crew if double-handed.

If it is intended that the boat be sailed single-handed in one leg and two-handed in the other leg then two separate qualifying passages are required, one single handed and one two-handed.

Useful Links / Downloads

> Notice of Race, Amendments and other Important Documents
> Useful article: what to consider before you part with your entrance fee!
> Go to SafeTrx Log-in or Register Here 

The MCA have adopted the RYA SafeTrx App based safety system: the database is fully accessible by the Coast Guard. The details are on the MCA website.  The NoR has been amended to require registration on the RYA SafeTrx database.

[The app can be downloaded free for both iOS and Android if you wish, but should not be activated for the AZAB as it may send a message when mobile coverage is lost!]

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RYA membership is not required. All entrants, whether or not UK residents  are able to register on-line and do not need the App.