After an 8 year hiatus, the TRANSAT race returns in 2016 with Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City, set to host one of the most challenging and gruelling yacht races in the world.
Starting on 2nd May in Plymouth Sound, sailors will race over 3,000miles, single-handed from Plymouth to New York. With over 25 boats taking part, ranging from 40ft to 99ft in length, the race start will be a spectacular sight with spectators afloat and ashore expected to give the racers a memorable send off.
A weeklong celebration
The festivities start long before the race commences with a packed week of events on and off the water, providing members of the public a unique opportunity to see the high-performance boats and their skippers. Boats will arrive in Plymouth on 24th April with the biggest and fastest boats berthing at Plymouth Yacht Haven for the week.
In the days leading up to race start, spectators will be treated to live music, fireworks, air shows and much more. See the itinerary of events
See the boats up close
Members of the public will be able to access the pontoon at Plymouth Yacht Haven to see the boats by visiting the Marina Office. Boats are expected to arrive on Sunday 24th April from 0900 before departing the marina for the race start on Monday 2nd May (race starts at 1430) Boats berthed at the marina include the Multi50 fleet and the Ultime fleet:
- Olmix, 15m Multi50 trimaran and winner of 2 Route du Rhum races. Skippered by Pierre Antoine
- French Teach Rennes St Malo, 15m Multi 50 trimaran and finished fourth in the Route des Princes in 2013 which visited Plymouth. Skippered by Gilles Lamire
- Fenetrea Cardinal, 15m Multi50 trimaran and 3xwinner of the Prince de Bretagne trophy. Skippered by Erwan Le Roux
- Vers Un Monde Sans Sida, 15m Multi50 trimaran built in 1988 and is one of the oldest high performance trimarans still on the circuit. Skippered by Erik Nigon
- Arkema, 15m Multi50 trimaran and 2nd place finish in the 2014 Route des Princes. Skippered by Lalou Roucayrol
- Team Actual, 15m Multi50 trimaran with various world records. Skippered by Yves Le Blevec
- Sodebo, 31m maxi-trimaran launched in 2014 and relaunched in early 2015 after suffering damage in the abandoned 2014 Route du Rhum. Skippered by Thomas Coville
- Macif, 31m maxi-trimaran which is undertaking a series of races ahead of a solo round the world attempt in 2019. Skippered by French sport superstar Francois Gabart
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