For the first time in more than 15 years, multihulls will again be able to enter the Azores and Back race (AZAB).

Following increased demand and financial support, the AZAB 2019 race will see a multihull class compete for the first time since 2003.

Created in 1975, the AZAB was designed to offer a thrilling ocean race alternative to transatlantic crossings.

Setting sail from Falmouth, single and double-handed crews make their way across 2,400 miles of open water in a journey that will take them to São Miguel island in the Azores and back again.

Taking place every four years, only monohull vessels have been eligible to take part in the last three races.

In recent years, the organisers have seen an increase in support and interest from the multihull community, which has led to sponsorship of the race by multihull sailor Paul Brant. It has therefore been decided that the multihull class will be re-introduced for the next AZAB race, which will be setting sail on June 1, 2019.

AZAB Race Director Ian Munday said: “The Notice of Race amend not only allows us to accept multihulls, but also fully aligns us for both monohulls and multihulls with the OSTAR/2STAR 2020 Race, in order for us to act as a full, nominated qualifier for that race.”

Entry for the next AZAB race is open until January 2019, however numbers are limited to 120 and places are filling up fast. The new multihull class has already attracted provisional entries, and all potential competitors are advised to make their entry soon in order to gain a firm place. A reserve list will run if oversubscribed.

To find out more about the AZAB, and to secure your place, visit