An Atlantic Challenge has been launched between Spirit and Venom, the two VO60s which took part in last year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

The World Cruising Club has announced an Atlantic Challenge between the two VO60s which took part in last year’s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Hamish Oliphant, with his crew (which included Yachting World’s Mike Kopman) who set a new Atlantic course record aboard Spirit during their ARC crossing, will once again race against Derek Saunders’ Venom but this time from the Caribbean back to the UK – immediately after this year’s Antigua Sailing Week.

Although this non-stop challenge for the two VO60s, entry is open to any yacht with an IRC TCC of between 1.140 and 1.450 and with a minimum loa of 58ft. The entry fee is £1,000. Oliphant commented: “How can we refuse such a challenge? It would also be great to see some of the other boats join us for the race.”

Depending on the level of entries there will be a selection of prizes and the owners of the two VO60s have donated a 60s Atlantic Challenge Trophy to be awarded to the first VO60 to cross the finish line in Falmouth, UK.

Spirit and Venom are both offering places on board for the challenge, further information of which can be obtained by visiting stand N1712 at the Schroders London Boat Show or by contacting the skippers direct. Hamish Oliphant: Derek Saunders: .