Challenge Class Yachts

The Global Challenge

The Global Challenge was a round the world yacht run by Challenge Business, the company started by Sir Chay Blyth in 1989. It was held every four years, and took a fleet of one-design (or matching) steel yachts, crewed by ordinary men and women who have paid to take part, round Cape Horn and through the Southern Ocean where winds can reach 70 knots.

It was unique in that the race took the westabout route, covering some 29,000 nautical miles, around the world against prevailing winds and currents - often referred to as the ‘wrong way’ route.

The event claimed the motto “The World’s Toughest Race” and was the ultimate sailing adventure for amateur sailors.

Two fleets of boats were built and all used deck hardware and fittings manufactured by Hercules CSMD.

Following the demise of the series, some of boats are now in private hands and others owned by sail training associations and the Tall Ships Youth Trust UK.

We hold stocks of spare parts for the boats and also have the original drawings to enable us to re-produce any part required.