The Solo Trans-Tasman Yacht Challenge competitors spend days at sea alone and pit their skills,
mental capacity and physical agility against ferocious weather conditions,
huge seas and the worry of being hit by a ship, whale or frequent gear failure
Race Start: 13:00 5 April 2026
Ray White New Plymouth Solo Trans-Tasman
The 2026 edition of the race, which will be the 15th race in its history, will finish at the Southport Yacht Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast. It will once again start from the New Plymouth Yacht Club, Taranaki. The Solo Trans-Tasman Yacht Challenge is contested every four years and is the second-oldest continuously-run single-handed ocean race in the world. It's also the only race of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the 2026 race will cover 1240 nautical miles. Three classes will be catered for: Adventure class - Monohull, Adventure class - Multihull and IRC. Line honours is awarded the Sir Francis Chichester Trophy
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