What is the BT Global Challenge?
The BT Global Challenge is a unique race that takes place every four years that sees 12 teams compete for the coveted Princess Royal Trophy on a westabout route around the world, against the spin of the earth. The route covers 32000 miles and is split into 7 legs of varying durations. It starts in Southampton, visits Boston, Buenos Aires, Wellington, Sydney, Capet Town, La Rochelle and finishes back in Southampton. It’s the ultimate challenge in amateur sailing.
Each team is made up of 17 diverse amateurs from across the globe who pay for the privilege, and led by 1 professional sailor on identical 72-foot steel ocean racing yachts. Each team is balanced by male to female ration, age spread, weight and experience. However, it is a known fact that 70% of the people who apply have never sailed before. Each yacht is sponsored which not only allows the company naming rights but also 2 places per leg for chosen employees or stakeholders to take part.
They call it the World’s Toughest Yacht Race… And you can see why!