Trans Agulhas Challenge
General Info



Race Regulations

Club Agulhas, its sponsors and supporters extend an invitation to you to share adrenaline rushing excitement during the 33rd annual Trans Agulhas Challenge® that will take place from 28 December 2021 to 31 December 2021 from Plettenberg Bay to Gordon's Bay.

Registration and Scrutineering Venue

27 December 2021
Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay

  • Registration   27 December 2021 07h30-13h00
  • Scrutineering   27 December 2021 08h00-13h00

Classes of Racing

  • P750: Pro Stock
  • P750M: Modified Class
  • P750S: Novice


UIM rule book with Trans Agulhas Amended Rules.


  • No product of any sponsor may be handed out or sold on any beach without the consent of the Trans Agulhas committee. Any team whose sponsor is found doing this, will be asked to leave. Please take note of this.
  • Please be advised that the Trans Agulhas Challenge is a registered Trade Mark.
  • Only official photographers will be allowed inside the demarcated area.
  • Club Agulhas, on the day of the event, is totally responsible for any beach and the control thereof and reserves the right to remove any person/team or have them removed should they deem it necessary.


No licensing will be done at registration for Trans Agulhas. Please ensure all your documents are in order before the time. Remember your licences. NO EVENT LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED.

Venue and Date

  • Arrival 26/27 December 2021, Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay – opening at 14h00.
  • Gates will be opened at 14h00 by the Race organizers. No entry before the time.
  • Bring own accommodation with you as none will be supplied.
  • Each team may only make use of two motor vehicles. For every extra car / bakkie an amount of R300 will be charged. A fee of R1,000 will be charged for every truck or heavy vehicle included in each team. These fees are payable on registration. No cheques will be accepted. Approved markings will be given to each vehicle allowed to enter the campsites.

Camp Sites

▣  Mossel Bay

  • The B field is the only official campsite – this area will be clearly marked. The B field can only take small vehicles. NO TRUCKS will be parked on the grass. All trucks to be parked in the parking area at the main entrance.
  • No camping / driving over the netball courts or cricket pitch. Camping on the site is a privilege and we need to respect the wishes of the facility owners. We also want to come back next year.
  • Launching of boats will be for your own account at Mossel Bay Harbour.
▣  Still Bay

  • The rugby fields will be used as the overnight facility as in the past.
  • Permission has been granted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism for the use of Still Bay Harbour.
  • NO TRUCKS can be parked on the school field. All trucks will be allocated a parking space outside of the school field.
▣  Struisbaai

  • The use of the municipal fields as overnight facility.
  • The tennis courts, tennis club house and 'jukskei' pits are out of bounds.
  • No fires in the 'jukskei' pits are permitted.
  • The grounds must be left in the same condition as received on the day.
  • The use of the harbour on the 30 December is at your own cost. If you launch on the 31st before 08h00, you will not have to pay again.
▣  Gordon's Bay

  • Race to finish at Gordon's Bay Harbour.
  • Parking and trailer fees are for your own cost.
  • No trucks will be allowed into the parking area at Gordon's Bay Harbour.
  • Prize-giving will be at the Yacht Club.


Please note: it is the request of our sponsor that no branding will be done by any participant other than:  1 gazebo; on your boat and  2 feathers. This will only be allowed outside of the cordoned off area on the beaches. No handing out of promotional items will be allowed. If any competitor breaks this rule, you will be invoiced by the sponsors. Please take this warning seriously.

Welcome and Event Briefing

27 December 2021

15h00 – Welcoming
Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
Event briefing is to be attended by all teams.

Pilot's Briefing

Directly after welcoming. Please be advised that only pilots, co-pilots and Team managers will be allowed to attend the pilots' briefing. Please note that only pilots will be allowed to raise questions at the Pilots' briefing.


The safety director will be Graydon Norton (Immediate Medical) in conjunction with the NSRI, the team from Immediate Medical, the team from Radio2Radio and sweeper ribs.


  Novice Pro Stock Mods
Winner 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
2nd Place 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
3rd Place 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
King of the Waves 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
Manufacturers 1 trophy    


Best Sportsman of the Event – 1 trophy
Best Land Crew of the Event – 1 trophy
Rookie the Event – 1 trophy
Overall Winner – 1 trophy

Certificates and Medals

A certificate of completion will be issued to each participant that finishes this event. All participants completing the 2021 Trans Agulhas Challenge will receive a competitors' medal, i.e. from 4th position downwards.

Organising Committee

EVENT DIRECTOR Stefan Lindeque


Dates and Routes

26 and 27 December 2021
Registration:    Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
Scrutineering:  Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay

Welcome and Event Briefing

27 December 2021
15h00 – Welcoming
Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
Event briefing is to be attended by all teams.

Pilots' Briefing

27 December 2021
Directly after Welcoming.

STAGE 1  —  28 December 2021


Roll call on the beach.


The challenge starts at Hobie beach and heads towards Nature's Valley for the 1st checkpoint and then backtracks to Waves for the 2nd checkpoint, passing a 3rd checkpoint on Plettenberg Bay's main beach and then on to a checkpoint at Brenton on Sea, passing Knysna on the seaward side of the Knysna Heads. After that it's on to beach checkpoints at Swartvlei and Wilderness after which it is on to checkpoints at Glentana, Great Brak River, Little Brak River and then onto the finish at Santos Beach.


Surf Race – Mossel Bay (Santos Beach).


Pilots' briefing.

STAGE 2  —  29 December 2021


Roll call on the beach.


Start at Mossel Bay (Santos beach) – beach checkpoint at Vleesbaai – a beach checkpoint at Gouritz River Mouth – the finish at Still Bay main beach.


Surf Race – Still Bay


Pilots' briefing.

STAGE 3  —  30 December 2021


Roll call on the beach.


Start at Still Bay main beach – a beach checkpoint at Witsand – a beach checkpoint at Arniston / Waenhuiskrans – finish at Struisbaai main beach.


Surf Race – Struisbaai.


Pilots' briefing and handing in of flares and 2x strobe lights (Strobe lights are your responsibility. Organisers of the Trans Agulhas do not supply these.).




Roll call at Struisbaai harbour and handing out of flares and strobe lights.


Night Race from 20km in with rescue boat to Struisbaai beach.

STAGE 4, 5 & 6  —  31 December 2021


Roll call on the beach.


Struisbaai main beach for the start of the 4th leg of the challenge – beach checkpoints at Die Damme, Pearly Beach and Uilenkraalsmond Continue to fly by checkpoint at Gansbaai Harbour. From Gansbaai Harbour, head towards Hermanus Old Harbour fly by NSRI boat; beach checkpoint at Hawston Beach, Kleinmond fly by NSRI boat; beach checkpoint at Pringle Bay and finish at Gordon's Bay Old Harbour Wall.

±30 minutes

after arrival of last boat, Surf Race starts.

Prize Giving

Approximately 13h00 at the Gordon's Bay Harbour Yacht Club.

▣  Download the Race Regulations 2021 in PDF file format.

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