The RORC Transatlantic Race will set off from Lanzarote, Canary Islands and finish 2800 nautical miles away in the Caribbean. The east to west race will act as a feeder for yachts participating in the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, held annually in February from Antigua.
The RORC racing calendar attracts sailors from all over the world to compete during the season in over 20 races and comprises a series of highly competitive inshore and offshore IRC Rated events throughout the year. The new RORC Transatlantic Race will be the longest and final race in 2014, making it another busy year for the London-based Club.
"In the past the club has been involved with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) who have a racing division, but with increasing interest in the RORC Caribbean 600 every February, the number and quality of serious race boats making the crossing has required a specialist RORC event all of its own," explains RORC Commodore, Mike Greville. "We're delighted to be working with such keen racers as the Calero family and using the fabulous marina facility they have in Lanzarote and we look forward to a long and happy relationship."
The host port for the start of the race will be the 450-berth Puerto Calero Marina situated on the south side of Lanzarote, only 15 minutes from the island's international airport.
The race, commencing over the weekend of the 29th and 30th November 2014, will be run under OSR Category 1 and the start date will allow time for competitors in the Rolex Middle Sea Race to get to the starting line in good time and for the yachts to finish in the Caribbean before Christmas.
All the participating yachts will have a YB tracker installed onboard which will collect several items of data including speed, direction and gps co-ordinates. This data is then transmitted to YB HQ servers via the Iridium satellite network. It is then visualised onto our race player so friends, family and arm chair admirals can follow the race with just a few click of a mouse.
For more infomration on this race please visit the RORC Transatlantic website.