The Money Stuff
The entry fee
£1300 per person for a team of 3 people. It's possible with a team of 2 but it's a lot more difficult and you need approval from Race HQ first. Solo teams are definitely not allowed.
The entry fee includes:
- The right to tell your grandchildren you sailed the greatest ocean adventure on the seas
- A mighty Ngalawa equipped with flotation pontoon, LED flare & paddle
- Two days of pre-race training with race veterans and crew including theory sessions & navigation briefing
- Race follow-boats to call on in an emergency
- Satellite tracker & emergency beacon for each member of the team with two-way text messaging
- Daily weather updates via your satellite tracker
- Remote Race Office monitoring your personal trackers at all times during racing hours
- Racecourse navigation charts
- Live Tracking Map, team blog & race news & updates posted by Race HQ for your friends and family to follow the action
- Launch & finish parties & prizegiving ceremony
It doesn't cover...
- Travel insurance
- Travel to & from the start & finish
- Food and accommodation
- GPS device for navigation
Accommodation - about £200
Accommodation is pretty cheap both in Tanzania and on the islands. While the race is on it's very likely you'll sleep on beaches or sandbanks a fair bit.
Food - about £150
Food is cheap and good, if you get to somewhere with a restaurant expect to pay £5-£10 for a meal, or less if you're eating on the fly. There are also enough fish to make catching your lunch an option.
Vaccinations - about £100
You might need some immunisations to come to Tanzania and the islands. You might already have all the immunisations you need, you might also decide you don't need any. We advise checking with your local health centre what they recommend.
Flights - about £600 from Europe
It depends where you're flying from of course.
Insurance - about £75
Don't cut the corners on this one or you might end up weeping on a dirty hospital mattress as you remortgage your house to avoid surgery from an untrained vet with a blunt spoon.
Visa - about £40
Most nationalities need a visa for Tanzania, depending on where you are from and how quickly you need it they will cost about £50. If you need help try our chums at The Visa Machine.
Other kit - £50+
You will need a GPS navigation compass, a dry-sack, a life-vest & a torch. You might also want a first aid kit (with bug spray & sun-cream). You might want a tent, you might be happy with a mozzie net and sleeping bag liner.
Returnable Ngalawa Deposit - £500
To cover the boat, the tracker, LED flare and inflatable pontoons. This will be returned after you hand them back on the finish line.