Back to Basics Boat Race Sets Sail

Smooth sailing during a previous edition of the race.
Pic by The Adventurists

Whilst most of us nurse hangovers, New Year’s Day in Zanzibar sees 22 teams, made up of 66 sailors, set sail in one of the World’s most basic, yet exciting, races.

The sixth edition of the Kraken Cup (previously called the Ngalawa Cup) is expected to take around eight days, depending on weather conditions, and winds its way 500km around the coast of Tanzania, between the Zanzibar Archipelago and the stunning Lindi region, taking in some of best sailing in the Indian Ocean.

In the modern age of fibreglass hulls and carbon fibre sails, the Kraken Cup strips things back to basics and really tests the seamanship of sailors, through the use of ngalawas, traditional African fishing boats whose hulls are carved by hand from mango trees and have a couple of outriggers lashed on.

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