A. There are minimum specifications which all boats must meet, in terms
of key measurements and weight, but it is then up to each crew to fit out
the boats to suit their needs. Follow this link for information on the
Q. How do you know where you are during the race?
A. Crews use GPS (Global Positioning System) to navigate their way across
the Atlantic. However, crews also take a sextant as a back up measure.
Q. What safety equipment is carried on board?
A. All crews must carry minimum designated equipment, which includes life
jackets, life raft, survival suits, EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating
Radio Beacon), VHF radio, satellite telephone and an extensive medical kit.
Q. What happens in an emergency?
A. The racing fleet will be followed by support vessels which will
provide cover in emergencies. A medic will also form part of the safety
vessel crew, trained to provide medical assistance either via VHF radio/satellite
telephone or on
Q. What do you do for food?
A. Each team must be completely self sufficient for the entire duration
of the crossing, so all food has to be taken on board - mostly in the form
of the freeze dried or boil-in-the-bag variety. However, in our case, there
will also be a fair amount of chocolate, energy bars etc. (well we will need
some goodies to look forward to!)
Q. And what about drinking water?
A. All boats must carry a water desalinater, which turns salt water into
drinking water - not quite mountain fresh, but just about drinkable.
Q. How is the electrical equipment powered?
A. Electrical equipment is powered by a series of solar panels fixed to
the cabin roof, which charge the boat's battery. This is the only source of
producing energy on board, so extended periods of cloudy weather could be