One Skipper and his mate

Challenge Business announce a new transatlantic race for their 72 footers

Friday September 14th 2001, Author: Rachel Anning, Location: Transoceanic
Challenge Business have officially launched its brand-new race, the Challenge Transat 2002 - a race across the Atlantic and back for 16 amateur crew, one professional skipper and a mate, in a one design fleet of eight boats. The start of the Challenge Transat will be in August 2002 and will race from Southampton bound for Boston and then back again. Crew Volunteers will be able to sign up for one or both legs.

This new challenge is the result of the successful EDS Atlantic Challenge which was one of the first fully crewed events for the professional Open 60 class, but the Challenge Business has now returned to its traditional concept of breaking down the barriers of sailing for the ordinary person, enabling them to achieve the extraordinary.

Simon Walker, Managing Director of Challenge Business commented: "The Global Challenges we run every four years are extremely popular, so much so that all the UK berths became full for the 2004 race before the 2001 race had even reached the first port".

"Many of our races have been devised over the years after responding to different requests and the Challenge Transat is no exception. Many potential Crew Volunteers simply don't want to wait for the 2008 race and we've also listened to a growing need from others who, due to heavy work commitments for example, want to take part in a much shorter race".

The beauty of this race is that would-be sailors get the best of both worlds, first class sail training to fit in with work commitments and then hard and fast racing giving them exhilarating first hand experience of ocean yacht racing, over just a few weeks. Crossing the Atlantic is also an all time high, for both the new and experienced sailor.

The training and the race will all take place aboard Challenge Business' fleet of 72ft yachts, which has just recently returned from its first voyage around the world in the BT Global Challenge 2000/ 2001.

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