The oceans are somewhat dangerous. People drown, get eaten, fall off the edge of the planet. Because we like to keep tragedy to a manageable level we've thrown a bit of a safety net in place.
We train you and give you a bunch of safety equipment and - in the case of having a leg chewed up by an angry parrot fish - an emergency tracker you can use to contact the Race boats if you're in trouble.
We'll also ensure a couple of members of each team have enough experience to handle the race (RYA Day Skipper or equivalent) and you will all need to be able to swim. You will be assessed after training and if you're lacking in the skills you won't qualify to race.
You're going to have to wear a fetching life vest to stop you sinking and you'll all be given a tracking device and your boat will have an LED flare. We also supply each team member with personal strobe lights and a dye pack.
Race boats will be tracking you as you sail - if you're in the shit you can hit the SOS button and the Race Boats will respond, but bear in mind it's the Indian Ocean and not central London, you'll still be responsible for keeping yourself in one piece.
This is an outline of the rules, the full version will be published in the sailors' handbook.
- The course will be locked down outside of daylight hours and we will lay down a penalty for ignoring it.
- You're on your own. While accepting assistance from the race organisers will earn you a time penalty, feel free to make use of local skills to keep your boat afloat and on track.
- Don't mess with the sails. No modifications to the boat to make it faster. Feel free to make it slower.
- You'll be slapped with a penalty for false starts or missed check-points.
- Chivalry first. If you see another boat in trouble you must stop and help them.
- The race crew reserve the right to amend the course or hold the race.
- Teams of three only. If you need to find teammates, the Facebook Group might be a good place to start.