Beat the airport

Entries are now open for the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from False Bay Yacht Club near Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena Island.

This 1,700 mile downwind race to one of the most extraordinary places on earth starts on 27th December 2014 and is the last time it will happen before the island – which can only be reached by sea – gets an airport.

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 visit the ‘Taking Part’ section of