Race info and route


The race runs twice a year in January and July using the local trade winds. The Northerly Kaskazi wind in January and the Southerly Kuzi in July.


The race covers nearly the whole length of the Tanzanian coast snaking around the Zanzibar Archipelago. Some of the best sailing in the Indian Ocean. In January the race starts on Zanzibar Island and finishes in Kilwa. 

January 2017 Edition

29th - 30th Dec 2016: Pre race training

31st Dec 2016 - 8th Jan 2017: The race

8th Jan 2017: Prize ceremony & finish party

July 2017

The dates and details for July 17 will be released very soon, if you want to reserve a spot on this edition email us: ngalawacup@theadventurists.com or use the contact form at the bottom of this page. 


Even if you're a qualified sailor you've probably not sailed these little beauties, so we provide lessons from the guys who know these boats best - veterans of the Ngalawa Cup and the Race Crew.

Part 1 - Coastal training Nungwi, Zanzibar (January), Kilwa mainland Tanzania (July).

Part 2 - Test run, coastal navigation.

At the end of the training we'll assess your sailing ability before letting you start the race. If your sailing or navigation skills aren't up to scratch you'll have to hire a local skipper to take with you.

The Race

You'll race for up to nine days, depending on how fast you are. You'll choose your own course and sail during daylight hours only. Sailing is not allowed after dark – but trust us, you’ll be ready for a rum by the fire by dusk. 

You will need a strategy for dividing up the distance into day-sized chunks: roughing it on uninhabited islets, camping on islands with inquisitive locals or staying in an actual bed in a fishing village. The choice is yours. 

The islands are lush and green, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and teeming coral reefs. As you sail along you could see all kinds of exotic beasts: barracuda, dolphins and manta rays to name but a few. Inland there are monkeys and more exotic birds and butterflies than anyone needs. 

Zanzibar has plenty of beach bars and party spots, but for the most part its attraction is down to having plenty of places that feel remote and wild. Its main exports include Freddie Mercury and spices. If you were looking for a place to stock up on nutmeg, cloves and peppercorns, Zanzibar is your place. 

Getting there and away

The nearest international airport is at Dar es Salaam, from there you can catch an internal flight, bus or taxi to or from Kilwa and a flight or ferry to/ from Zanzibar.