The race is fast approaching and the team have been busy making sure everything is in place to make this the best and biggest year yet! Here are the latest updates for the upcoming race:
MailASail Training Session
Saturday 27th April
Title sponsors MailASail are offering a complimentary training session ‘Email & Weather via Satellite Phone’ ahead of this year’s AZAB at their headquarters in London.
Learn how to get weather and email via your satellite phone, including a complete equipment workshop. Please bring your own gear for testing and set-up – we will have spares available to buy on the day. A complimentary lunch will be provided by MailASail, and spaces are limited – full event details can be found on the Facebook event.
Please note: we understand that the location will not suit all crews but please don’t worry, as we are also planning a couple of events in Falmouth during the week before the race departs. Details to be confirmed by the race organisers.
The MailASail AZAB Social Programme is now live on the website – you can find out more about what’s going on during the run-up to the 1st June, including pre-event pub gatherings.
Tickets now available
Tickets for the Pre-race BBQ and the Pre-race Dinner are now available via the website. All participating boats are entitled to 2 complimentary tickets. If you’d like to get extra tickets, please see information below and on the website. It’s the perfect opportunity to socialise – or size up the competition – before the race commences!
Pre-race BBQ at The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club – Weds 29th May – £15
Pre-race Dinner at The Falmouth Hotel – Thursday 30th May – £30
We have negotiated a deal at Port Pendennis Marina that starts on 25th May until race start day 1st June. You should book direct with the Marina, telling them that you are an AZAB Boat: 01326 211211 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deal is 3 nights stay for the cost of 2. With over 40 boats berthing here, you will be rafted up but it will create a great on-water centre for the event. Electric is available for an additional charge if you need it.
In the week before the event, the use of the yacht club launch will be available along with some other members’ boats to get you to and from the marina to the club.
For those of you who have not visited Falmouth before there is a very wide range of marine facilities available – a good resource to find out more is the Cornwall Marine Network website.
Each boat will have a nominated volunteer to help you out with any issues that you may have during the run up to the race. They will be in touch nearer the time.
Longer Term Berthing
If you wish to arrive in Falmouth some time before the race start then a good cost-effective option may be to use a mooring. Falmouth Haven should be able help you – please contact them direct and tell them you are an AZAB boat:
Welcoming our new sponsor – Atlantic Brewery and Distillery
We are delighted to welcome the official beer of this year’s race, and it couldn’t be more appropriate: Azores Pale Ale.
Moreish and refreshing, the Azores Pale Ale is delicious, hoppy sunshine in a pint glass. Combining both English and US hops, it’s a beautifully balanced ale with grassy and grapefruit notes.
Atlantic Brewery & Distillery have been quietly making some of the finest drinks in the county for the last 14 years, from their certified organic farm near Newquay. Look out for Azores being served at the RCYC and in Falmouth during race month and, of course, at the club BBQ.
Want to know more? Check out the important dates for your diary and more on the website.