Entries open for Governor's Cup Yacht Race

Entries are now open for the truly unique Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from False Bay Yacht Club near the historic Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena Island – one of the world’s best kept secrets. This exhilarating 1,700 nautical mile downwind race to one of the most extraordinary places on earth starts on 27th December 2014 and is the last time it will take place in its current format, making it a once in a lifetime race!
 
Every two years since 1996, intrepid sailors looking for a one-of-a-kind racing experience, have taken part in the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, which after an 8 – 14 day handicap chase across the South Atlantic, culminates in an activity-filled stay on St Helena – an island currently only accessible by private yacht or on one of the last operating Royal Mail Ships, the RMS St Helena. Following their stay on St Helena, supporters, family and crews enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Cape Town onboard the RMS St Helena offering an abundance of fun-filled activities and post race parties.
 
2014 sees the last time the race will take place in this format with the opening of a new airport on St Helena due in February 2016 and the subsequent decommission of the RMS St Helena – so don’t miss the boat and make sure you enter today. Entrants typically range from fast racing boats with experienced crews to cruising boats manned by small families, offering an experience for everyone.
 
To find out more and to download an entry form for the 2014 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, visit the ‘Taking Part’ section of governorscup2014.com. The closing date for entries to the race is 31st October 2014.
 
St Helena is a volcanic island in the south Atlantic, 1,800 miles from South America and 1,200 miles from South Africa. The island has over 500 years of rich history, with its most famous inhabitant being Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled to the island in 1815 and remained there until his death in 1821. Much of the island’s history, from military forts to underwater shipwrecks, ancient churches and historic buildings, remain intact for visitors to explore.
 
Today, the island’s history adds to its beauty as a sub-tropical island with a unique bio-diversity. Only 10.5 miles long and 6.5 miles wide, its landscape ranges from vegetation to sub-tropical desert, and is home to many natural wonders unique to the island, from its rugged coastline and seas teemed with tropical fish to night skies offering unrivalled views of the stars and the famous 600 foot high Jacob’s Ladder offering panoramic views. No visit to St Helena is complete without a visit to see the world’s oldest land animal, Jonathan, a rare Seychelles Giant tortoise estimated to be over 175 years old.
 
For further details on St Helena Island, visit sthelenatourism.com.

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