From breathtaking regattas to challenging offshore races, the sailing world offers an array of thrilling experiences. In this blog post, the team of is to share with you some of the excitement of the most prestigious sailing events around the globe!


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (Australia)


Held annually on Boxing Day, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a true test of seamanship. Starting in Sydney Harbor, the race covers approximately 628 nautical miles, finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The unpredictable weather conditions of the Tasman Sea make this event both challenging and exhilarating, attracting sailors from around the world.


Multiple winner of the sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI. Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi


The America's Cup 


The America's Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious trophies in international sailing., dating back to 1851. It features high-tech catamarans and showcases cutting-edge sailing technology. The event rotates among different locations, providing a mix of sailing challenges and a high-profile spectacle -  the venue, rules, and format of the America's Cup are determined by the defender for each edition. The America's Cup is known for its emphasis on technological innovation and design. Teams invest heavily in research and development to gain a competitive edge, leading to the creation of cutting-edge sailing technologies.


Antigua Sailing Week (Antigua and Barbuda)


Antigua Sailing Week is one of the premier yacht racing events in the Caribbean - known for its warm waters and steady trade winds, it is a true Caribbean gem. This event attracts top racing yachts and cruisers alike, creating an unforgettable mix of competitive racing and laid-back Caribbean hospitality. The post-race parties and events further contribute to the festive atmosphere. The regatta typically takes place in late April or early May each year. Antigua Sailing Week features a range of racing classes, including monohulls, multihulls, and performance cruisers.



Vendée Globe


The Vendée Globe stands as one of the most grueling and prestigious events in the world of sailing, pushing both sailors and their vessels to the limits in a test of skill, endurance, and resilience. The Vendée Globe is a solo, non-stop, around-the-world yacht race, usually held every four years. Originating in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France, the Vendée Globe takes participants on a remarkable journey across the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean, rounding the three major capes - Good Hope, Leeuwin, and Horn. The race covers approximately 24,000 nautical miles and challenges sailors to navigate treacherous seas, unpredictable weather conditions, and the solitude of the open ocean.


Transpac Race


The Transpacific Yacht Race, often referred to as the Transpac is a biennial yacht race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The Transpac Race was first held in 1906, making it one of the oldest ocean races in the world. It covers approximately 2,225 nautical miles and attracts a diverse fleet, including both monohulls and multihulls. One of the most prestigious awards in the Transpac is the "Barn Door" trophy, which is awarded to the monohull yacht with the fastest elapsed time.



The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)


The ARC is an annual transatlantic rally for cruising yachts - it is one of the largest transoceanic sailing events, attracting a mix of cruising sailors. Starting in Gran Canaria, the ARC fleet embarks on a 2,700-nautical-mile crossing, navigating the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The ARC is not just a race; it's a celebration of the cruising lifestyle. Participants have the opportunity to share their seafaring tales, exchange knowledge, and forge lasting friendships during stopovers and social events along the route. The rally culminates in the welcoming atmosphere of Saint Lucia, where tired but triumphant sailors find themselves embraced by the warm Caribbean hospitality. For many sailors, the ARC represents a dream fulfilled, a chance to cross an ocean in the company of like-minded individuals.


Route du Rhum


The Route du Rhum is a solo transatlantic race that takes place every four years. It starts in Saint-Malo, France, and finishes in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. The racecourse covers approximately 3,542 nautical miles (6,560 kilometers). Sailors must navigate through various weather conditions, including the challenging Atlantic trade winds and potentially stormy passages. The race is held every four years, typically in November. The first edition took place in 1978, and it has since become one of the major events on the solo sailing calendar. 



Barcolana Regatta (Italy)


Trieste, Italy hosts one of the largest sailing regattas in the world - the Barcolana. What makes this event unique is its 'everybody races' philosophy, where professional sailors, amateurs, and families all share the same starting line. The Gulf of Trieste provides a stunning backdrop for this spectacular event, drawing thousands of participants and spectators. Barcolana is recognized for having the largest single-start sailing race in the world. Hundreds, and sometimes over a thousand, sailing boats of various sizes and classes participate in the regatta.


Golden Globe Race


The Golden Globe Race is a solo, non-stop, around-the-world race that celebrates the spirit of the original Golden Globe Race held in 1968. The race starts and finishes in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. Participants in the Golden Globe Race sail under "retro" rules, using vessels and equipment similar to those available in 1968. This means no modern technology, GPS, or satellite communication is allowed. Navigational tools are limited to those available during the original race. The 1968 Golden Globe Race and its modern counterpart have inspired numerous books and films, highlighting the extraordinary stories of the sailors who undertake this epic journey.


Cape2Rio Yacht Race


The Cape2Rio is a biennial yacht race from Cape Town, South Africa, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is one of the longest ocean races in the southern hemisphere and attracts a diverse fleet of sailors. The race starts in Cape Town, South Africa, offering sailors the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop as they embark on their transatlantic journey. The finish line is set against the backdrop of the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known for its iconic landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue.



The Ocean Race (Global)


Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race, now the Ocean Race is the pinnacle of offshore racing. Covering around 45,000 nautical miles and spanning several continents, this race pushes sailors to their limits. The race occurs every three years and involves a series of challenging legs, making it one of the most demanding and prestigious events in the sailing world.


Rolex Middle Sea Race (Malta)


The Rolex Middle Sea Race typically starts and finishes in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. The racecourse covers a challenging route around the island of Sicily, Italy, and through the straits of Messina. The Middle Sea Race is known for its demanding and picturesque course. The racecourse takes participants through various challenges, including navigating the straits of Messina, dealing with different wind and sea conditions, and circumnavigating the active volcano of Stromboli. The event has gained a reputation for its competitive nature and challenging conditions, making it a highlight on the offshore sailing calendar. The Middle Sea Race has a rich history, dating back to its inaugural edition in 1968. Over the years, it has grown in stature and has become a challenging and celebrated race in the global sailing community.



Bosphorus Cup (Turkey)


The Bosphorus Cup takes place in the stunning city of Istanbul, which is uniquely situated between Europe and Asia. The annual regatta welcomes a diverse range of participants, including professional sailors, amateur enthusiasts, and sailing teams. The competition typically involves races along the iconic Bosphorus Strait, offering participants and spectators breathtaking views of Istanbul's skyline, historic landmarks, and the unique experience of sailing between two continents.



Spetses Classic Yacht Race (Greece)


The biggest Classic Yacht Regatta in Greece with the participation of 70 classic and traditional boats and hundreds of visitors is establishing itself as not just the most popular regatta in Greece, but as one of the most important regattas in the Mediterranean. It is an annual ceremony of sailing and the art of wood shipbuilding. The astonishing races of the classic boats, the schooners, and the lateens allow spectators to watch unique competitions and beautiful classic boats coming from every corner of Greece and abroad.


So, dear skippers and sailing enthusiasts, hoist your sails, feel the wind in your hair, and set a course for these incredible sailing events around the globe. Your next great nautical adventure awaits!