Early expressions of interest have started to come in. At the moment these boats are planning to be on the start line on Saturday 3rd June 2023.

Bob Daems will sail his Spirit 37, “Con Spirito”. He has done the ”Round the Island” race five times in her and has crewed in the 2017 Fastnet.  Each year he organizes the Bokkenrijders race from Roompot (NL) to the UK. He will either be double-handed or may enter the new ‘Crewed Class’.
Ray Adams plans to enter double handed in his Sun Odyssey 33-1 ‘Papillon de Nuit’
David Faucher plans to sail “Ventura” his Rustler 36 Single-Handed
Muriel Van Gompel with “Moonlight Shadow” She has sailed most of her life and enjoys racing amicably, mostly around-the-buoys in the Netherlands and Belgium, with the occasional race across the Channel.  Her AZAB will be double-handed but her husband will be at home minding the kids.
Udo Schallenberg sailing “Je Vole” was also a 2019 competitor
Paweł Wilkowski in his Beneteau First 35 “Vataha 2”
Kuba Szymanski in “Polished Manx” plans to make 2023 his second AZAB after enjoying the 2019 event so much (Photo: Cesary Spigarski)
Govert Ramselaar’s Contessa 32 “Saffier” has been his wonderful outlet for several years now. He has always enjoyed single-handed sailing, from the moment he sailed a Mirror Dinghy as a youngster. Govert participated in the AZAB in 2019. He enjoyed the special atmosphere of the event and the preparations that preceded it, including his qualifying trip to Scotland. He plans to participate again in 2023.
Duncan Skingsley in Sunfish
Paul Unger has “Sanda Sund”, a Sparkman & Stephens 30 based in Amble, and sails mainly off the Northumbrian North Sea coast and Scottish coasts.
James Porter. Moonshadow
Kate Cope. “Purple Mist”. Starting offshore racing in 2016, Kate has taken part in the RORC Races from Cowes, including the Fastnet. From 2018 she has raced doublehanded offshore including RORC, JOG and AZAB 2019.
Tim Vaughan. Samaritan. Back again after the 2019 event
Mervyn Wheatley in ‘Arethusa of Yealm’. So many AZABs under his belt!
Tony Irwin with ‘Pride of Erin’
Rick Newcombe. eXehibitionist

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