The Lake Malawi Yachting Marathon returns on Africa’s third largest 600-kilometre lake from June 28 to July 4 2014, organisers Malawi Sailing Marathon have disclosed.
The marathon, which is more of a tourists’ attraction venture, is supposed to run annually, but it has not been held since 2010.
One of the organisers Johannes Lebede, promised to explain more on the absence next Tuesday.
In an e-mailed response, the Ministry of Tourism publicist Sarah Njanji said they only help with logistics for journalists to cover the event, hence the organisers can explain the absence.
The legs of the marathon are Cape Maclear in Mangochi, Salima’s Senga Bay, Nkhotakota Potteries, Dwangwa (Illovo), Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay, Mango Drift on Likoma Island and back to Chintheche. Entry fees per boat is $200 (about K90 000).
“There will be two distinct competitions within the 2014 Marathon —one for classes that carry spinnakers, and another for classes that do not. Within each competition, boats will be rated according to a handicap system prescribed by the committee,” reads www.malawisailingmarathon.com.
“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. If there are more than two boats in any class, sailors will also compete in a class competition.
“There will be one winner per class at the end of the Marathon, based on the shortest elapsed time.”