From Cape Town To St Helena, One Yacht Race You Won’t Want To Miss

Governor's Cup Yacht Race

Entries are now open for the “once-in-a-lifetime” Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from Simon’s Town in Cape Town to St Helena Island in the south Atlantic Ocean. This year’s exhilarating 1 700 nautical mile race is the last time it will take place in its current format.

Every two years since 1996, sailors looking for a special experience have taken part in the Governor’s Cup to one of the world’s best kept secrets. Sailors chase across the Atlantic in an eight – 14 day race to the island that is only accessible by private yacht or one of the last operating Royal Mail Ships (RMS).

Governor's Cup Yacht Race
Image courtesy of Trevor Wilkins

Following their stay on the Island, supporters, family and crew enjoy a relaxing cruise back to South Africa onboard the RMS St Helena.

This year will be the last opportunity for the race to take place in this format as the island will open a new airport in February 2016, resulting in the decommission of the RMS St Helena.

Governor's Cup Yacht Race
Image courtesy of Trevor Wilkins

Entrants typically range from fast racing boats with experienced crews, to cruising boats manned by small families.

Governor's Cup Yacht Race
Image courtesy of Trevor Wilkins

For more information and to download an entry form, please visit

The closing date for entries to the race is 31 October 2014.

Featured image courtesy of Ed Thorpe

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