Preview of some basic OGR rules
The Ocean Globe Race is open to ‘approved’ ocean voyaging monohulled GRP production yachts from 47ft to 66ft LOA, designed before 1988 with first of type launched no later than 1988 (Flyer Class exceptions to 68ft).
For current approved yachts, please see: https://www.nautorswan.com/company/heritage/.
The following have also been approved after application by entrants:
- Nicholson 55
- Baltic 51
- Baltic 55
- Baltic 64
- Oyster 48
- Grand Soleil 52
For approval generally, yachts needs to be within 20% of key parameters compared to an equivalent length Nautor Swan. All yachts race under IRC.
15 minutes engine running, prop turning, required per week.
Owners must submit full refit plans, and be inspected within two years of the race start by approved surveyor. Decisions on KEEL REMOVAL are left to the approved surveyor for each boat. Items to be checked include keel bolts then structural members and floors checked. Rudder, shaft and all components. Chain plates and mast step. All yachts MUST be fitted with a bow crash bulkhead. It is recommended that yachts are also fitted with a main watertight bulkhead and watertight door immediately forward of saloon, together with second watertight bulkhead forward of the rudder post. Following refit, each entry must submit a completion survey by ‘approved surveyors’ for hull and rig.
Extra design approvals will be considered on application for ‘similar’ displacement style production yachts pre-1988).
Entries limited to 30 boats
ADVENTURE CLASS (47ft-56ft) – 12 places
|SWAN 46||47.11ft||1983 – 1997 Mk I & II||Germán Frers|
|SWAN 47||47.80ft||1975 – 1984||S&S|
|SWAN 48||47.90ft||1971 – 1975||S&S|
|SWAN 51||51.24ft||1981 – 1985||Germán Frers|
|SWAN 53||52.70ft||1986 – 1994||Germán Frers|
|SWAN 55||55.25ft||1970 – 1974||S&S|
SAYULA CLASS (56.1ft- 66ft) – 8 places
|SWAN 57||57.41ft||1977 – 1984||S&S|
|SWAN 59||58.79ft||1984 – 1990||Germán Frers|
|SWAN 61||60.50ft||1985 – 1990||Germán Frers|
|SWAN 65||64.56ft||1972 – 1989||S&S|
|SWAN 651||65.50ft||1982 – 1991||Germán Frers|
FLYER CLASS – 8 places
Yachts previously entered in the 1973, 1977 or 1981 WRTWR, or of ‘relevant’ historic significance and ‘approved’ production-built, ocean-certified, sail-training yachts generally 55ft to 68ft LOA .
TWO special invitations to any class may also be granted.
OGR Crew Standard
- ADVENTURE Class: Minimum 7 crew
- SAYULA Class: Minimum 8 crew
The Captain, or Chief Mate or one designated Ocean Yacht Master must sail the entire race or entry will be marked Did Not Finish (DNF).
All entrants must have onboard for each leg:
- One Ocean Yacht Master
- One Yacht Master
- One woman
- One under 24 year old
- Maximum 70% crew swap at any stopover
- Maximum 33% professional crew ( 24-70 year old, paid to go sailing)
- One crewmember with 25,000 logged sea miles MUST always be onboard
- All crew MUST have a minimum of 1,500 ocean miles before boarding or 1000 ‘recent’ miles on the entered yacht
- RACE TRIAL! 70% of the crew (including the Yacht Master Ocean and Yacht Master) registered for the start leg must also complete an ‘approved’ 1,500-mile non-stop ocean voyage all together in the entered yacht, after March 2023
- All crew must undertake an approved medical/survival training course and undertake a comprehensive personal medical examination
APPROVED items include
- Non-interfaced basic electronic sailing instruments
- Stand-alone paper print HF Radio weather fax
- Basic non-GPS radar Marine HF SSB radio
- Non-GPS Digital cameras
- Electric clocks
- Headsail furling
EMERGENCY items include
- A GPS Chart plotter/AIS MOB plotting and locating system with sealed screen for emergency use only by authorized crew, AIS Transponder and Alarm, Radar transponder and Alarm, Two SOLAS life rafts (200% crew capacity)
- Standard Operating Procedures document for MOB, Fire, Dismasting, Steering loss, Grounding, Serious injury, Jury rig and other emergencies (MOB Jury rig and emergency steering trials required)
- 30 minutes engine running, prop turning, required per week
BANNED items include
- Electric Autopilots
- Satphone use (for any purpose other than to communicate with Race Control)
- Ham Radio transmissions
- Carbonfibre or other high tech materials used in sails, rigging, spars etc
- Spinnaker socks, Code 0 furling
- No more than 11 sails (sloop) or 13 sails ketch (time penalty for extra replacement sails)
- iPhone, iPad and computers (but all sealed onboard for crew use in ports only)
- Digital music (cassette tapes only)
During any leg, an entrant may only seek outside assistance and spare parts when anchored or alongside, but may not exchange any crew unless approved by the organiser. An entrant must reach port no later than 48hrs after the restart of the next leg or may not continue. A minimum stop of three days is then mandatory, but the clock starts with the gun.
Following the 2023 OGR, it is intended to hold future editions every four years.
ADVENTURE and SAYULA CLASS – for approved production yachts
Owners must submit full refit plans, and inspected within two years of the Race start by approved surveyor. Items to be removed and recertified: Keel bolts then structural members and floors checked. Rudder, shaft and all components. Chain plates and mast step. All yachts MUST be fitted with a bow crash bulkhead. It is recommended that yachts are also fitted with a main watertight bulkhead and watertight door immediately forward of saloon, together with second watertight bulkhead forward of the rudder post. Following refit, each entry must submit a completion survey by “approved surveyors” for hull and rig.
FLYER CLASS Surveys – as required and specified on application
ENTRY BY INVITATION: Applications for an Invitation to enter the OGR will open on 10 September 2019. Entries will be limited to 12 in the ADVENTURE CLASS, 8 in the SAYULA CLASS, and 8 in FLYER CLASS with 2 special invitations offered to any class. (Total 30). A WAIT LIST will be established when entries are filled in each class.
Entry fees: ADVENTURE CLASS €25,000. SAYULA CLASS €40,000. FLYER CLASS €50,000.
Sponsor supplement – for yachts carrying sponsorship: ADVENTURE CLASS €25,000, SAYULA CLASS €40,000, FLYER CLASS €50,000.
25% non-refundable entry fee paid on application for an invitation to compete. Balance 12 months later. Entrant sponsor supplement paid on announcement of prime sponsor. Supporting sponsor payment in three parts with final payment no later than 12 months before the start. Subject to title sponsor budgets, 33% of the entry fee may be refunded to all finishers. There is NO prize money.