The final registration and right to participate in the rally will be delivered by the organiser once all of the registration formalities and security checks have been finalised.
A registration form is available on the website www.atlanticbackcruising.com or on request.
A pre-registration form can be downloaded from the website or sent on request. This allows all future participants to receive regularly all information as it becomes available.
The form and all attached documents must be returned by post or scanned and sent by email to the organiser with the payment. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The registration fee is €1800 (One thousand eight hundred euros including tax).
If you cancel more than one month before departure : refund 100%
If you cancel less than one month before departure : refund 100% less 200 €
This includes all of the services described in this document, including the satellite positioning tag.
Entries and payments must be finalised as soon as possible. Any entries between 1st March 2018 and 30th April 2018 will be subject to special request and the price will be increased by 10%.
Only vessels (sailing or motor) with a minimum deck length of 8.00 m for sailing boats, and 14m for motor boats are allowed to participate.
The organiser reserves the right, without having to provide justification, to refuse a boat from taking part in the rally: if they deem the condition of the boat and/or of its equipment to be unsuitable, if the crew’s competence is in doubt, or if there is any other reason considered by the organiser to prevent it from participating safely in the rally.
In the event of the organiser refusing a boat participation in the rally the entire amount paid to the organiser will be reimbursed to the participant.
The skippers on board and/or owners must ensure that their boat and its safety equipment is in line with the administrative requirements of their national supervising authority. As a minimum requirement the security equipment listed in the “Equipment” section must be present on board.
Crew of minimum two adults on board (minimum age of 18 on 30th April 2018)
A CV of the skipper and first mate on board must be given to the organiser a minimum of 2 months before the rally’s departure.
Crew changes are possible at the Azores.
A copy of each crew member’s passport must be given to the organiser before departure.
A list of the crew including age and profession must be given to the organisation before departure from Guadeloupe and before departure from Horta.
The skippers on board are solely responsible for their crew.
Skippers who accept paying crew members on board must ensure that they are entitled to do so under their legislation.
Before departure each skipper on board must provide an insurance certificate showing their boat to be covered for damages of a minimum of €1.5 million.
Before departure each crew member of each boat must sign a document acknowledging that their participation in the rally is under their own responsibility and that they release the responsibility of the organiser from any problem which may arise. Each new crew member joining the rally at the Azores must sign this document.
Each skipper on board must ensure that their boat possesses the statutory equipment of their national authority.
The organiser stipulates a minimum of the following equipment on board:
Offshore life raft must be attached to the deck or to another easily accessible location.
Raft must be sufficient for the number of people on board.
A plan of the storage of safety equipment must be clearly and visibly displayed in the boat.
All boats must have enough life jackets, harnesses and safety lines for all persons on board.
Individual identification equipment (flash light, individual beacon – ASN and/or PLB recommended)
System for anchoring harnesses in the cockpit
Battery powered tri-colour lights on board
Tri-colour hand-held emergency lights with one set of spare batteries.
3 red hand-held lights
3 orange flares
6 parachute rockets
Minimum 2 certified and fully serviced fire extinguishers
One EPIRB beacon (distress beacon)
A satellite telephone
A computer connected to the satellite telephone for sending and receiving files
A set of bungs (recommended: a bung attached to each valve)
A fire blanket close to the gas stove
An emergency tiller
Book of light and fog signals for areas to be covered.
Maritime Almanac for areas to be covered.
Atlantic marine charts
Marine charts of arrival area
A storm jib
Flashlights and auxiliary batteries
A system to close and secure the hatch
Guard rails (in the case of boats without guard rails an alternative security arrangement must be implemented)
System for retrieving a man over board
A DSC VHF radio
An emergency radio
Engine maintenance equipment and spare parts (diesel filter and belt minimum)
All valves working normally (2 minimum will be checked by the organiser at random)
A waterproof survival bag stored close to the [hatch?] comprising:
– Additional flares (recommended)
– A waterproof VHF and spare battery
– An emergency satellite phone (recommended)
– A waterproof GPS (recommended)
– A survival blanket
– Water and food reserves (Recommended)
6. Ship’s manifest request.
The organiser will inform maritime authorities concerned of the event.
The list of boats with photo, crew list, MMSI number, EPIRB Hex number will be made available to CROSS (MRCC) by the organiser on a dedicated server.