T A N Z A C A T

Tanzacat is the unique mix of competitive sailing and holiday fun in the warm tropical water of Tanzania.
Tanzacat combines two events into one. The Tanzacat Open is a race series around the bouys that is held over two weekends within Msasani Bay out of the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club. The Zanzibar Raid is a shortest elapsed time race from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar and back over 4 days that visits tropical islands and sandbanks. Over the combined 8 days of sailing Tanzacat provides an amazing sailing experience that mixes the old with the new and fun with competition.

The objective of Tanzacat is to have serious fun, build friendships and share our little cat sailing treasure with the rest of the World.

BEFORE COMPLETING THE ENTRY FORM, DOWNLOAD AND READ THE DOCUMENTS 'CHARTER BOAT INFORMATION FINAL' AND 'ENTRY AND GENERAL INFORMATION FINAL'. THEN COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM. AFTER ENTERING YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION OF THE ENTRY AND BOAT CHARTER SELECTION AND A REQUEST TO MAKE THE DEPOSITS. DEPOSIT DETAILS SHOULD BE EMAILED TO [email protected] WHEN COMPLETED. YOUR CHARTER BOAT AND ENTRY ARE SECURED AS SOON AS THE DEPOSIT IS MADE.

Key Information:

  • Programme
  • Notice of Race
  • Zanzibar Raid Route
  • Charter Boats
  • Enter Here
  • Accommodation
  • Weather & Tides
  • History
  • Contact Us
  • First day's Racing will be the 20th of September 2024 and finishing on the 28th September 2024.
DOWNLOAD: Entry and General Information
DOWNLOAD: Tanzacat 2024 Programme

DOWNLOAD: Notice of Race for Tanzacat 2024

Charter of local Hobie 16s and Tigers will be available for the event. Boats are limited. DYC members offer their boats for charter if they are not participating. and the boats are refurbished to ensure they are in good seaworthy condition. It is recommended that visitors bring their own sails as many of our sails are not in the best racing condition. 
The charter fee will be:
Hobie 16/Dart - US$150/day; Deposit $600; Raid only US$900; Total Bay & Raid US$1,350
Tiger F18 - US$200/day; Deposit $800; Raid only US$1,200; Total Bay & Raid US$1,800
We strongly encourage you to reserve your charter boat as soon as possible as boats are in short supply. To do this get your entry in and boats will be allocated on a first come first served basis and will be confirmed by payment of the deposit by due date.
All reservations for both Dar es Salaam and the Zanzibar Raid should be made on The Rickshaw Travel website, which will be advised soon. If you have specific questions, you should contact Andrea at The Rickshaw Travel Ltd.
There is a good selection of accommodation close to the DYC at a variety of prices. Please refer to The Rickshaw Travel website. There are a limited number of beds available at DYC Cat sailor’s homes – please let us know ASAP if you are interested in this option.
The Rickshaw Travels Ltd are the event’s travel partner and will be setting up a website for the event accommodation to enable you to choose hotels, make payments etc. More information will follow. They will organise and book full accommodation packages for the event including supporters’ transport to and from Zanzibar, and any onward travel safari plans you may have, such as visiting one of Tanzania’s famous National Parks, Serengeti, Ngorongoro or more.
Refer to Zanzibar section below for Zanzibar accommodation details. For supporters or additional crew accompanying you, separate bookings must be made through the website.
Tanzania lies so close to the equator (6 degree’s South) that seasonal variations in temperature are not extreme. The climate is tropical with relatively high humidity. The average temperature, which is moderated by the sea breeze, especially on the islands, ranges between 27 and 29 degree Celsius.The humidity is very high and can be oppressive, particularly at night but conditions here are not persistently uncomfortable thanks to the daily sea breezes. There are two rain seasons throughout the country: the long season from mid March through May, the short rain seasons falls during November, December, and January. The coolest months are from June to October, and the warmest are December to March. Water temperature in September should be around 24-26 degrees so no need for wet suites. Rash vests and possible leg cover are advisable for sun protection. Wind information & Tide information may be found here
The Tanzacat Story Tanzacat started after both Arjan van der Roest and I joined the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club’s (DYC) existing and vibrant cat racing fleet. In early 1998 I saw an article in a Dutch newspaper which told the story of Dutch sailors looking for adventure after the closing of the European sailing season. This coincided with the failure of a sailing trip to Sri Lanka due to custom and logistical problems. As I had just completed a Strength Weakness Opportunities and Threats analysis for the DYC, I suggested to Arjan that we should invite them to sail in Tanzania – an ideal opportunity for the club to attract international sailors to Msasani Bay – some of the best sailing conditions in the world. The name was chosen by thinking of the Tanzanian blue gemstone - Tanzanite. As Msasani Bay is of the same blue colour, we linked this with CAT sailing hence: TANZACAT. Arjan offered to visit the sailors in Holland during his holidays who seemed very eager and so we started the organisation and searched for sponsors. We arranged for all the customs import/export guarantees, found Salama condoms, an airline, Winston cigarettes and many other local sponsors. All the Dutch sailors were put up in the Sea Cliff Hotel who kindly offered reduced rates, a helicopter company donated some flying hours for filming, undertaken by Price Productions. We did some races in the bay and planned a visit to Lazy Lagoon. To be socially responsible we also did a race for a good cause by linking boats to schools. The winning boat presented school books to that school, again provided by a kind sponsor. We tried to get the whole DYC club involved with a dinner etc etc. It was all a big success also because the participants had few days to do a bush safari in between or after their sailing experience - the event was organised over a two week period. For the second year 1999 we also contacted and invited South African sailors. Again Salama Condoms provided the huge yellow inflatable markers. Winston cigarettes become the main sponsor and designed the 1999 and 2000 logos. We sailed the bay races and did an overnight stay at the Ras Kutani resort. In 2000 the races were organized on a similar format with the same success. We as founders are very proud that TANZACAT, an event to promote sailing in Tanzania, has continued and has grown into an important event on the international sailing calendar. Only a few all the supporters and sponsors over the years are mentioned in this article. It is important though to acknowledge ALL sponsors, ALL volunteers, the TANZACAT Organizing Committees, the DYC Committees who have given so much support and last but not least ALL the DYC members who have over the years embraced this event. Good Luck TANZACAT – may the winds blow favourably as you grow from strength to strength …
Henk Nouwens | Barcelona 2011 | co-initiator and organiser TANZACAT 1998 - 2000 | DYC Commodore 2000
Any queries can be addressed to the event organisers: [email protected] or [email protected]





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