Around 60 yachts from 10 different countries will compete at the 10th International Azores & Back Race (AZAB). The race is organized by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth and Club Naval in Ponta Delgada, Azores.
The event sponsored by Red Ensign will leave Falmouth, in Cornwall UK, on June 4, 2011. The race from Falmouth to Ponta Delgada will cover a total course distance of 2,400 nautical miles.
After a brief stopover to re-provision, and with the option of a crew change, the return leg leaves the Azores on 21 June.
The Azores & Back yacht race began in 1975 and is held every four years. The race is open to yachts with a length overall from 9m to 18.5m, over a course of just less than 2500 miles of ocean, approximately 1220 miles on each leg.
Open to single and double handed crews and held over a 45 day period, the yachts usually takes seven to ten days to complete each leg allowing a week or so to relax and restock for the return passage.