30th Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon

This year the Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon will celebrate its 30thanniversary, and as flocks of adrenaline-junkies arrive at the lake to take part, it’s set to be one of the best year’s yet.

This year’s marathon will take place from June 28th until July 5th.

This epic test of speed, endurance, and sheer determination first took place in 1984, born by a group of sailors in the form of a casual sail northward up the Lake. Deck chairs lashed to the hulls, this tranquil route running South to North was just a hobby, but it wasn’t long until competition slipped in. Now, it’s become an annual event.

There will be two distinct competitions within the 2014 Marathon – one for classes that carry spinnakers, and one for classes that do not. Within each competition, boats will be rated according to a handicap system prescribed by the committee. There will be a daily winner for each competition, and two competition winners at the end of the event, based on shortest elapsed time corrected by handicap.

This year’s itinerary is as follows:

Friday June 27th 
Arrival at Cape Maclear

Saturday June 28th 
Registration, capsize Drills, boat and equipment inspections 10.00 – 3.00pm Opening Ceremony and Skippers Briefing - 4.30pm

Sunday June 29th 
Leg 1. Cape Maclear (different routes depending on wind conditions)

Monday June 30th 
Leg 2. Cape Maclear - Senga Bay (Livingstonia Beach Hotel)

Tuesday July 1st 
Leg 3. Senga Bay – Nkhotakota (Potterie)

Wednesday July 2nd 
Leg 4. Nkhotakota – Dwangwa (Illovo)

Thursday July 3rd 
Leg 5. Dwangwa – Likoma (Mango Drift)

Friday July 4th 
Leg 6, Likoma - Chintheche (Chinteche Inn )
Prize giving

Saturday July 5th 

Ulendo are offering safaris pre and post marathon.  For more information please email info@ulendo.net