The Money Stuff
The Entry Fee
The entry fee is £3900. That's £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. These boats can't be sailed solo.
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 pontoons, a high viz flag, an LED flare & a paddle
Three 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; personal strobe lights and dye packs
Live Tracking Map, team blog & race news & updates posted by Race HQ for your friends and family to follow the action
Launch & finish parties & prize giving ceremony
It doesn't cover...
Travel to & from the start & finish
Food and accommodation
GPS device for navigation
Portable battery packs to charge tracking devices
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.
Flights - about £600 from Europe
It depends where you're flying from of course.
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.
We ask teams on all our adventures to raise £1,000 for charity, the first half of which goes to our official charity - Cool Earth, the rest can go to a charity (or charities) of your choosing. If you raise £1000 for Cool Earth, then you could win a trip to the Peruvian rainforest too. Nice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other kit - £50+
You will need a GPS navigation compass, a portable battery pack to
charge tracking devices, a dry-sack, a life-vest & a torch. You might also want a first aid kit (with bug spray & sun-cream). You could pack a tent or you might be happy with a mozzie net and sleeping bag liner.