Written by George Grant on December 1, 2014
RORC RACE HEADS TO GRENADA
St. George – The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s transatlantic race began yesterday at the Puerto Calero Marina in the Canary Islands bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Eleven yachts, ranging in length from 40 to 100 feet began the 3,000 miles crossing of the Atlantic in this prestigious international regatta which will take about ten days.
Originally scheduled to begin on Saturday, the race was delayed on two occasions due to inclement weather in Lanzarote.
According Nikoyan Roberts, Manager of Nautical Development at the Grenada Tourism Authority, the regatta will attract approximately 120 crew and their families, and has the potential to make contributions of between two to three million US dollars into our economy over a two week period in December.
Eddie Warden Owen, CEO of the RORC says that although there are only 11 yachts in this first edition of the race, the event is expected to grow into a classic in the future.
The fleet’s journey across the Atlantic Ocean can be monitored online at http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/tracking/2014-fleet-tracking.html . The yachts competing are Apollo 7, Bingo, Lupa of London, Nomad IV, Oakcliff Racing, Optim’X, Sérénade, Sensation Class 40, Spirit of Adventure, Windfall, and Yacana.
The Grenada Tourism Authority together with Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and Westerhall Rums plan to greet the yachts with Grenadian hospitality upon their berthing. The host of activities planned includes an official welcome and awards ceremony on Saturday, 20th December, 2014.