Future events which may qualify participants for membership:
Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 departed Alicante on 5th November 2011. The course was Alicante - Cape Town - Abu Dhabi - Sanya, Hainan, China - Auckland - Itajaí, Brasil - Miami - Lisbon - Lorient - Galway.
Check the Volvo Ocean Race site for the latest information.
Relatively recent events which qualified participants for membership:
Vendée Globe 2008/09 - this started on 9 November, 2008 from Les Sables d'Olonne, France. It was a non-stop circumnavigation for solo sailors in Open 60 class yachts. It is the sixth such race.
Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 - started at Alicante, Spain on 4 Oct 2008. It was an 11 leg race world-the-around for fully crewed yachts which have been built to the Volvo Open 70 Rule.
The first Barcelona World Race started from Barcelona on 11th November 2007. It was a non-stop east bound race for 60 ft yachts with a crew of 2. Nine yachts started and five completed the race. Voyages lasted between 92 and 108 days.