How to Apply

UPDATE: Applications for rounders are now closed. Leg positions and youth crew still available.

Think of this entry in the OGR as your entry. It would not happen without your passion and commitment to contribute toward the adventure, the refit, entry fees, safety gear, insurance, fuel, general and race maintenance, moorings, sails, running and standing rigging and the efforts of many people!

Before applying, first download the OGR Notice of Race from the website and read it. You will learn all about the rules and regulations and how it all works. If you think you may like to be the Chief Mate onboard and have Yacht Master qualifications, or equivalent, or are a celestial navigator, there are special considerations. Two Watch Leaders will be selected from the Rounders. 

  1. You must know how to sail and have a minimum 1000 ocean miles and night sailing experience before you can apply, or a plan to get those miles and experience within three months of applying.
  2. You must have the funds to cover your “financial contribution” to the legs you hope to be on, or the whole OGR circumnavigation. 
  3. You will be required to undergo a World Sailing Survival Training Course, including the use of emergency equipment, boarding and using life rafts, distress procedures and more in your own time and at your own expense. WE can assist your planning.
  4. You need a comprehensive OGR medical examination and if over 50 a full stress test before you are approved. A simple dental check is also required.
  5. You must complete a World Sailing basic Marine First Aid course.
  6. Based on your own sailing experience, we will tell you how much ocean training you may need to undertake on onboard EXPLORER before the start of the OGR. As a minimum you will need at least two weeks sailing onboard.
  7. Leggers must spend one week working on the boat for each leg signed on and Rounders must spend at least two weeks working on the boat. This can be arranged just before or after any training session if you have to travel long distance. This is important for you to get to know the boat! and systems. 
  8. You must purchase the team equipment pack, to ensure we all have the same quality of gear and systems, a safety consideration. This will include, wet weather gear, middle layer, thermal underwear, gloves, hats, knife, personal safety harness, PLB/AIS beacons, head lamp, W.P. torch and gear bag. We should have discount pricing for all these.
  9. You will be required to pay the OGR crew fees described in the Notice of Race of €250 plus €50 for each leg. You will receive OGR merchandise and event security pass. 
  10. You will pay for all your own travel, visa costs, in port accommodation before and after each leg and meals ashore.
  11. Rounders will take the twin cabins and Leggers will bunk in the saloon. No Hot bunking and you will all have one locker and stuff bags by your bunk. All crew will have the same size Dry crew bag. Not including your team equipment, what does not fit in that bag is not allowed onboard during the Race. Bring your own pillow. Your iPhones, computers will be bagged and sealed onboard till the leg finish. Any extra gear can be sent forward to the next port by air the day you depart in the CREW BAG DROP SYSTEM. It will be there before you!
  12. You sign on at least 7 days before your leg start and sign off four days after arrival in port. Rounders may be required for in port maintenance. Rounders can stay onboard for three nights after arrival and Leggers one night.
  13. Any photos taken by OGR crew may be used for personal purposes only. Any used for publication or commercial purposes must first be shared to OGR for approval. This is an OGR regulation. 
  14. You will be required to sign an indemnity and liability form releasing McIntyre Adventure from any liability with your participation in the OGR and sailing on the yacht and also a talent release form for the OGR documentary.
  15. You must agree to and sign a “Code of Conduct” agreement while part of the team on the boat. It will include a warning process for breech of conduct and ultimate dismissal from the crew on failure to comply, without refund of fees and contributions. 
  16. There is no smoking on board at any time and very limited access to alcohol at the discretion of the skipper while at sea. 
  17. Each leg crew together, is completely responsible for menus and provisioning budget for each leg. Budget choices are open to discussion and once all done, the total cost is divided by 10 and each crew will then pay that provisioning fee. Approx €15 pp per day is an estimate, but it makes for an interesting discussion on choices, likes and dislikes between the crew.
  18. There are no “crew to family ashore” communications available onboard, unless an extreme emergency when the sat phone could be used. 
  19. You are responsible for your own personal hygiene and health items onboard.
  20. There are NO showers allowed below and one head for the crew. Only salt water bucket showers on deck with a careful fresh water rinse from the cockpit deck shower. We carry 800 litres of fresh water in three tanks. When the desalinator is operating, extra fresh water will be allocated for a better rinse. 
  21. You must have travel insurance including evacuation cover, all required visas for each port, pay your own travel cost to and from the boat and hold a valid passport. 

Crew Application Form

If you are interested in joining the crew of EXPLORER for the 2023 Ocean Globe Race please contact don@mcIntyreadventure.com for an application form. You must then fill out the form and submit it with a €100 application fee. If your application is rejected the full fee is refunded. If your application is accepted but you decline to take up the offer, your fee is forfeited.