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Challenging competitions to enter while travelling the world by superyacht

Challenging competitions to enter while travelling the world by superyacht


N60 Norwegian Challenge



A relaxed beach-side vacation isn't always enough to satisfy the thrill seekers of the world. If you want to push yourself to the limit by including an adrenaline pumping experience in your next superyacht holiday, check out this list of extraordinary challenges for inspiration:

1. N60 Norwegian Challenge

The competition: Set at the heart of Norway’s snow covered wilderness the N60° Norwegian Challenge takes place in a land that is synonymous with adventure and exploration. Departing from Hemsedal in the centre of Norway, the 100-mile course winds south to Geilo through the beautiful but untamed region where Scott prepared for his ill-fated trip to the Antarctic.

There are three days of training before the competition that includes learning how to ride a bike across the snow, honing cross-country skiing skills and learning how to ski tour.

The course is made up of four gruelling stages. On the first morning competitors will set out to complete 15 miles of ski touring. But don’t be fooled, this is not a leisurely day on the slopes, a lot of the course is actually on a incline and competitors are provided with a special binding to make “skiing” uphill possible. After day one, the first night is spent camping in tradition Nordic lavvu tents. Day two of the challenge is 26 miles of fat-biking across snowy, unstable terrain. Back in the skis on day three for 26 miles of cross-country skiing and then for the final day it’s another 26 miles of running and trekking.

The prize: If you have a competitive streak you will be competing for the title of overall champion, but there is a Sprinter’s Jersey for the winner of each day.

All competitors can celebrate their achievements at a Gala Diner that takes place on the final evening

The cost: £4,750 (Including flights)

How to get there: Perfect for anyone discovering the Norwegian fjords on board a superyacht, The event takes place in the centre of Norway, about five hours drive from Stavanger and Lyseford, three hours from Rosendal and two from Lofthus.

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com/ N60° Norwegian Challenge

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The Patagonian Expedition Race



The competition: Its organisers describe The Patagonian Expedition race as “a true expedition taking teams of four through lands previously unknown to the human eye.” This ten-day race is possibly the most remote competition on the planet and takes place in one of the wildest landscapes.

Each team of four will receive minimal assistance as they traverse through the barren lands of southern Chilean Patagonia. Competitors will be required to use their navigational skills to interpret the race map, which is given to the teams just 24 hours before the race starts.

The race itself is multi-disciplinary, trekking, climbing, kayaking and mountain biking through a variety of uncompromising terrain such as mountains, glaciers, forests, swamplands, rives and lakes. The route is kept a secret and is changed each year but in past races competitors have found themselves in in the Southern Continental Ice Field, the Strait of Magellan and Torres del Paine.

The prize: The satisfaction of having competed in the longest and most impressive expedition race in the world.

The cost: $6,701.24

How to get there: The race, which starts from Puntas Arenaes, is perfect for thrillseekers cruising the coastlines of Chile on a superyacht.

Picture courtesy of Patagonian Race Expedition

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The Jungle Marathon



The competition: The Jungle Marathon is the world’s wildest eco race and gives competitors the opportunity to combine extreme sport with eco tourism whilst exploring this spectacular, remote part of the world.

The event, which takes place in Manu National Park deep in the Amazon Rainforest, offers three distances, the shortest being a marathon. Competitors can also enter a four-stage 127km and a six-stage 245km race. The courses include running over a range of challenging terrains including swamps, thick jungle undergrowth, river crossings and steep climbs. The brave runners who enter this extreme race should expect to run through scorching temperatures and up to 99 per cent humidity.

The prize: Competitors will celebrate the end of the challenge with a prize giving dinner and race wrap party.

The cost: £2,500

How to get there: Participants will have to make their way to the village of Alter do Chão, just a 40 minute drive away from Santarém International Airport. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of Cindy Crawford and embark on a private Amazonian cruise on board a luxury riverboat, or incorporate the event into your itinerary when discovering Brazil on a superyacht.

Image courtesy of The Jungle Marathon

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