1 JUNE 2019. The AZAB (Azores and Back) race is a 2,400 mile ocean regatta which starts in Falmouth and goes to the port of Ponta Delgada, on the Azore’s island of São Miguel. Competitors take a brief respite on the island before turning around and racing back to Falmouth.
Falmouth has long been a venue for international and national championship events and hosting them has been an important part of Falmouth’s Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (RCYC) activities since the Second World War. Since the first race in 1975, AZAB has been organised by RCYC every fourth year onwards.
The race destination, Ponta Delgada, is one out of nine Azores archipelago islands that lie in the Eastern Atlantic. They are approximately 750 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal and some 1220 miles from Falmouth.
The majority of yachts that participate in the race usually take between 7 – 10 days to reach the Azores, allowing a week or so to relax before the return passage.
Over 50 yachts are expected to enter this year’s race.
Images used on this page courtesy of Helen Robson.