The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race 2014
The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race is a bi-annual event covering 1,700 nautical miles from False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena, starting on 27 December 2014.
First held in 1996, the Governor’s Cup is recognised as being different from other yacht races and is renowned for being on many sailors’ ‘bucket list’. While the accent is on fun and camaraderie, the 8 to 14 day pursuit across the South Atlantic takes competitors past Cape Point and to one of the most remote and extraordinary islands in the world, St Helena. Once on dry land, crews enjoy traditionally welcoming St Helena hospitality and enjoy the wonders of this remote and historic island.
With the only route off the island being by sea, many participants cruise onwards across the Atlantic but the majority of sailors and their yachts return to Cape Town onboard the last operating Royal Mail Ship, the RMS St Helena, offering a relaxing cruise home with plenty of post race parties!
The 2014 race will be the last of its kind, with the opening of an international airport on St Helena due for completion in early 2016 and the subsequent decommissioning of the RMS St Helena. Be sure not to miss the boat!