The 50th anniversary of the Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge in 2022 will feature a new finishing destination which will make it easier for sailors and organisers to clear customs.
The 2022 edition of the race, which will be the 14th race in its history, will finish at the Southport Yacht Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast rather than Mooloolaba. It will once again start from the New Plymouth Yacht Club.
The Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge is contested every four years and is the second-oldest continuously-run single-handed ocean race in the world. It's also the only race of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the 2022 race will cover 1240 nautical miles.
Three classes will be catered for:
- Adventure class - Monohull
- Adventure class - Multihull and IRC
- Line honours is awarded the Sir Francis Chichester Trophy
Hamish Dickson, pictured, won the last installment in 2018, finishing in nine days and nine hours, with his father Malcolm 12 hours behind in second.
- Graphics and media provider Riddlez Interactive have become the first sponsor for the Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge 2022.