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Start off western end of Plymouth Breakwater at 1200 (to be confirmed) Sunday 27th  May 2012

(1.5 hours after HW Devonport - neap tides)

  • Skippers’ briefing (plus guests) on board Black Velvet at ( place to be confirmed) at 1200 noon on Friday 25th May  2012
  • Skippers’ dinner (plus guests) in the  (place to  be confirmed) at  1900 on Thursday 24th May 2012
  • Supporter’s spectator vessel will be organised from QAB and will leave well before lunch on Sunday 27th May 2012. Time to be confirmed.
  • The finish is at Praia de Vitoria, Terceira across a line drawn between the lights on the north and south moles. Call Marina on VHF Channel 9. 

The Jester Azores Challenge is run on a ‘gentlemanly basis’ within the following guidelines:

  • for sailing vessels between 20 and 30 feet (including multi-hulls)
  • human power is the only acceptable alternative propulsion to that of the wind: rowing or clubhauling, for instance, are permissible
  • single-handed to Praia de Vitoria, Terceira
  • one way
  • stops allowed
  • no time limit
  • engines may be fitted but only used to charge batteries for equipment such as mobile telephones, steering and navigation systems.  The sole exceptions to this, within the spirit of the Jester Azores Challenge, would be the avoidance of an imminent ‘mayday’ situation; responding to a distress call from a fellow seafarer or when within the harbour limits of an intermediate port en route. If the use of an engine - or the acceptance of a powered tow from another vessel, whether a Jester Azores Challenger or not - becomes necessary to meet, for instance, a personal time limit or, simply, to avoid a frustrating calm, then the details should be declared on arrival to fellow Jester Azores Challengers.  By common agreement - and using the co-ordinator as an arbitrator if there is no common agreement - the arrival order may then be amended.
  • age of skipper to be over 18 years at the start
  • no fees
  • no inspections
  • no regulations: skippers will be entirely responsible for the equipment they take, based on their own experience
  • only hint of bureaucracy will be the signing of a form of indemnity accepting the skipper’s full duty of care for himself, his dependants and his fellow seafarers during his participation in the JAC 2012.
  • skippers should ensure that they have the correct visa (if required) for entry into the Azores and any likely mid-way stop 
  • entries will be accepted up to the day of the start (ie by the morning of 27th May 2012)


  • a 500 mile, non-stop voyage be made in the same vessel
  • at least third party insurance be obtained


                Not being a ‘race’ there is no official finishing order - there is of course a time of arrival - thus there are no prizes other than the personal satisfaction of having sailed fairly against peer vessels of a like construction, rig, size, skipper’s experience and so on; ie, a number of personal challenges within the whole.
John Margeson has kindly donated a Crown to be presented to the first skipper home who has, genuinely, built his own vessel.

Prospective participants in the Jester Azores Challenge 2012 should send their intentions to the co-ordinator, Ewen Southby-Tailyour:


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