An international fleet of sailboats ranging from 40 to 100ft will set off on Sunday November 30th 2014, from Lanzarote Spain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) new offshore race. The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race will see competitors from several countries weave their way from the Puerto Calero Marina in Spain to Camper & Nicholsons’ Port Louis Marina in Grenada. The 2,800 nautical mile crossing will take competitors 11 to 13 days to complete the journey.
The RORC Transatlantic Race will provide RORC members and other highly competitive sailboats the chance to compete in a top-level event during the east-west transatlantic crossing. The first yacht to complete the course and cross the finish line, will be presented with a sterling silver trophy by the International Maxi Association (IMA). Trophies will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony with the Grenada Tourism Authority on Saturday December 20th.
Among the international fleet of sailboats will be one representing Canada; the Spirit of Adventure, a Volvo 60. Among the crew of 12 Canadians, will be Croesus Senior Account Director, Eric Gouin. Eric is an avid sailor and racer, with much of his free time spent on one of his windsurfers or on his beloved Jeanneau Sunn Fizz 40 sailboat.
Croesus wishes Eric a safe and speedy Atlantic crossing. We look forward to following his journey along the way and hearing all about this adventure upon his return.
To follow the race, sailboats will be fitted with a race tracker and daily race reports, images and other media will be posted on the RORC Transatlantic Race site.