Global Solo Challenge 2027-28 Notice of Event

The Global Solo Challenge 2027-28 (GSC) is a single-handed, non-stop round the world yachting event

History of amendments

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Interpretation

Headings are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation or meaning of the Notice of Event

Unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to one gender shall include a reference to the other genders

In the event of any translations being made this English text will always take precedence

1. Event rules

The Event will take place in accordance with the following:

1.1 The Regulations 2027-2028

1.2 The Notice of Event 2027-2028

1.3 The Sailing Instructions 2027-20228

1.4 International Regulations for Avoiding Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)

1.6 IMO rules for the prevention of pollution at sea

1.7 In the event of dispute or uncertainty regarding applicable rules the decisions of the Organiser will be final and binding

2. Advertising Sponsorships and Boat names

2.1 Event entrants will be required to carry Event and /or Event Sponsors and /or Event Partners branding provided by the Organiser including but not limited to the following:

2.2 Boat sponsorship is allowed and no supplement to the entry fee is applicable. The Organiser reserves the right to refuse disallow or disqualify an entry if any publicity promotion or sponsorship by or on behalf of a Boat or Skipper is deemed by the Organiser to be inappropriate or unethical

2.3 The Organiser reserves the right to refuse disallow or disqualify an entry if a name chosen for a Boat to use in the Event is deemed by the Organiser to be inappropriate or unethical in which case the entrant may choose an alternative boat name

3. Eligibility Registration and Fees

3.1 Eligibility

3.1.1 Skippers must be 18 years of age or older by their Event departure date

3.1.2 All Boats Skippers and Boat Owners must hold all licences and registration certificates required by their home country and national authorities. The Organiser reserves the right to require production of written proof of the same from the Skipper and / or Boat Owner

3.1.3 All Boats Skippers and Boat Owners must comply with all applicable laws and regulations of their home country and national authorities. The Organiser reserves the right to require production of written proof of the same from the Skipper and / or Boat Owner

3.1.4 Boats shall be:

Boats not meeting the above criteria may still apply and may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organiser

3.1.5 Eligibility and compliance with the Rules and Regulations does not constitute any acceptance indication judgement assurance or representation whatsoever by the Organiser of the suitability capacity or fitness of any Boat or Skipper to undertake the Event

3.1.6 The Organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry or cancel a previously accepted entry at its sole discretion

3.1.7 A Boat must be covered by public liability insurance for participation in the Event to a minimum value of €3 million (Euros)

3.2 Registration

3.2.1 Applicants must visit the Application page of the Event Website to complete the initial application form and supply 2 photos of the Boat and the Skipper. Other documentation requirements are set out in Paragraph 5

3.2.2 Applicants must agree to the pubblication of their application details as provided in 3.2.1 upon entry. Anonymous entries or entries that request to remain anonymous are not accepted

3.2.3 The closing date for submitting an application is 31st December 2027. Applications after that date may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organiser subject to payment of a late entry fee as below in addition to those specificed in Paragraph 3.3

3.3 Entry fees

3.3.1 Entry fees as follows:

 3.3.2 Entry fees are payable according to the following instalment schedule:

3.3.3 Lump sum entry fees received as one payment before 31st December 2025 are subject to a 20% discount

3.3.4 Entry applications received on or after 31st March 2026 must be accompanied by payment of all instalments due as per 3.3.2 as at the date of their entry

3.3.5 It is the sole responsibility of the Skipper to ensure that all instalments of entry fees are received on time by the Organiser. If any entry fee instalments are received late the Event Organiser will deem the entry to have been withdrawn

3.3.6 A Skipper that has withdrawn or is deemed to have withdrawn from the Event may have their entry reinstated at the sole discretion of the Organiser and upon payment of all instalments due to that date plus a €500 penalty (plus VAT where applicable)

3.3.7 If the Event Organiser decides it is necessary to limit the number of entries then priority will be give to Applicants based on the date of their initial entry and provided that entry fees have been paid in accordance with 3.3.2

3.3.8 Please contact the Organisers to check whether VAT is applicable to your specific situation. Fees are payable online through the Event Website Fees Payment Page or by bank transfer. Bank transfer details can be obtained from the Organiser

3.4 Entry Fees Refund

3.4.1 In case of cancellation of the Event by the Organiser before 31st December 2025 75% of all entry fees paid directly by entrants to the Organisers will be refunded

3.4.2 In the case of cancellation of the Event by the Organiser between 31st December 2025 and the planned Event departures 50% of all entry fees paid directly by entrants to the Organiser will be refunded

3.4.3 If a Skipper who has entered cannot participate in the event for any reason whatsoever he/she cannot not request a refund of fees but may nominate a replacement Skipper who must satisfy all requirements of the Rules Notice of Event and Regulations

3.4.4 If a Skipper withdraws from the Event no entry fees are refundable under any circumstances

3.4.5 If an entrant is not permitted to take part in the Event due to non-compliance with the Rules and or Notice of Event and or the Regulations no entry fees are refundable

3.4.6 If an entry is refused by the Organiser for reasons other than non-compliance with the Rules and or Notice of Event and or the Regulations then 100% of any entry fees paid directly by the entrant to the Organiser up to that point will be refunded

3.4.7 If the Event is postponed for any reason relative to the Boat’s assigned departure date by more than 15 months the Skipper can either remain as entrants or request a refund of 50% of all entry fees paid up to that point by the entrant directly to the Organisers

3.4.8 Entry fees shall only be refundable as expressly provided for above

3.5 What is included in the entry fees

3.5.1 Free berthing for the entered Boat for 7 nights at the departure port prior to the allocated departure for each group

3.5.2 Free berthing for the entered Boat for 2 nights at the finish port

3.5.3 Satellite tracking units, website tracking of the Event and airtime for the Event tracking units

3.5.4 Satellite airtime for any calls made by the Organiser to a Boat’s onboard satellite phone

3.5.5 Bow Event Vinyl

3.5.6 Bow Event Sponsor and / or Event Partner vinyl

3.5.7 Additional Event Event Sponsor and / or Event Partner hull vinyl

3.5.8 Mainsail Event Event Sponsors and /or Event Partner decals diameter up to 1.5m positioned above 2nd reef

3.5.9 Event Event Sponsors and/ or Event Partner flags

3.5.10 Boom Event Event Sponsor and / or Event Partner vinyl

3.5.11 Event polo shirt

3.5.12 Pre Groups departures social aperitifs

3.5.13 Pre Own Group departure dinner for Skipper and two guests

3.5.14 Pre-Event Inspection

3.5.15 Post-Event Inspection if required by the Organisers

3.5.16 Monetary prizes (subject to a minimum of 10 entrants departing in the Event)

3.5.17 Trophies for 1st 2nd and 3rd place finishers

3.5.18 Additional items may be included and communicated at a later date

4. Modifications

4.1 Each Skipper must complete on entry in the Event a declaration of any Modifications made to the Boat as at that date and supply any available Rating Certificate

4.2 If the Rating Certificate held by the Skipper as of the date of entry for the Boat does not reflect Boat measures and or past Modifications occurred after the rating was obtained the Skipper must disclose all differences on entry and prior to requesting a re-rating with modified measures and or past Modifications accounted for by a rating authority

4.3 Each Skipper must complete a further declaration in respect of any Modification to the Boat to be made after entry. Such a declaration must be submitted to the Organiser before Modifications are made and or a new and or amended Rating Certificate is obtained

5. Documentation

5.1 By 30th May 2027 each Skipper must supply to the Organiser the following documentation (which must where applicable be valid for the duration of the Event):

a) Epirb registration certificates

b) PLB registration certificates

c) Boat AIS and Personal AIS Beacon registration certificates

d) Completed emergency contacts form (to be supplied by the Organiser) to be used in case of an emergency during the Event

e) Completed information and contacts sheet (to be supplied by the Organiser) which will include data such as Satellite Phone Numbers email address used during the Event MMSI Call Sign Registered boat name Boat name during the Event

f) Copy of public liability insurance policy for the Skipper Boat and Boat Owner for their participation in the Event to a minimum value of €3 million (Euros)

g) A valid Medical Care certificate as per Regulation 6.04.1 or equivalent

h) A valid Personal Survival Training course certificate gained at a World Sailing Approved centre

i) Liferaft Service certificate indicating a “next service date” later than 31st March 2028

j) A declaration by the Skipper (to be supplied by the Organiser) that he / she is mentally and physically fit and capable to take part in the Event and that he / she has consulted with their doctor or other medical practitioner regarding their mental and physical fitness and capability to do so

k) An IRC Certificate or IRC Endorsed Certificate if required by the Organiser or if one is relied on by the Skipper for the purposes of seeking assignment to a particular group departure

l) If an IRC Certificate or an Endorsed IRC Certificate is required the Skipper must supply a list of all the sails along with their measurements which they intend to carry on board during the Event. Any amendment to this list must be communicated by the Skipper and approved by the Organiser prior to their allocated departure. No sails may exceed the measurements used in obtaining the IRC Certificate or the IRC Endorsed certificate save as provided for by Paragraph 16.2. A declaration of the measurement of the new/different sail by the sailmaker or a measurer authorised by the authority issuing the certificate may be required by the Organiser for sails which may affect the IRC Rating

m) A fully completed completed Waiver Release and Indemnity

n) Written evidence of a satisfactory structural inspection in accordance with Regulation 3.02.2 within 24 months before the allocated departure in the Event or after a grounding whichever is the later along with an independent and suitably qualified professional’s written confirmation that any required repairs/works have been carried out to a satisfactory standard

o) If required by the Organiser for the purpose of establishing a Boats compliance with the Regulations written evidence of a survey(s) of any Modifications. Such a survey(s) must have been carried out (at the expense of the Skipper) by an independent and suitably qualified professional

p) Written confirmation from a qualified marine electronics professional that the masthead antenna is not less than 38 cm in length and that co-axial feeder cable has not more than 40% power loss as per Regulations 3.25.2.b

q) If applicable written confirmation from a qualified marine electronics professional that the dedicated AIS antenna is not less than 38 cm in length and that co-axial feeder cable has not more than 40% power loss as per GSC Regulations 3.25.12.b

5.2 At the conclusion of the pre-departure Inspection the Skipper must supply to the Organiser the following documentation:

a) A regulation compliance checklist signed by the Skipper and accepted by the Organiser

b) A declaration (to be supplied by the Organiser) signed by the Skipper that there have been no additional Modifications to those previously declared under Paragraph 4.1 and 4.2

c) A declaration (to be supplied by the Organiser) signed by the Skipper that there have been no groundings since the last structural inspection required in 5.1 (n)

d) A time penalty acceptance form (to be supplied by the Organiser) signed by the Skipper if a time penalty has been assigned by the Organiser

5.3 Failure to supply the documentation as specified in Paragraphs 5.1 and 5.2 may result in the disqualification of the Skipper and the Boat from the Event

6. Qualification passage

6.1 All Skippers must have sailed a minimum qualification passage of 2000 nautical miles single-handed and non-stop on the Boat entered in the Event by 31 May 2027 at the latest

6.2 The qualification passage route must be pre-approved by the Organiser

6.3 It is the sole responsibility of the Skipper to submit a proposed qualfication passage and obtain approval from the Organiser. It is strongly recommended that a Skipper allocates sufficient time to make different arrangements for an alternative qualification passage in the Event that the Organiser does not accept the proposed passage or the Skipper fails for any reason to complete a pre-approved passage

6.3 Skippers must provide satisfactory evidence to the Organiser of the completion of the qualification passage by 7 June 2027 at the latest. Failure to complete or provide satisfactory evidence of a pre-approved qualifier will result in disqualification from the Event

7. Departure groups Programme Time limit and Compliance with the Regulations

7.1 Departure groups

7.1.1 Boats will be assigned a group departure by the Organiser based on a boat’s Rating Certificate or a rating applied by the Organiser

7.1.2 The Organiser reserves the right if it sees fit to take any Modifications made to the Boat into account when assigning a departure group

7.1.3 Depending on the number boats entered and their TCC ratings any of the following departures may