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RORC Transatlantic Race to finish in Grenada

Course finalised for the RORC's latest event

Wednesday February 19th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Grenada has been chosen by the RORC as the destination for the finish of its inaugural Transatlantic Race, due to start from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on 29 November this year.

The 2,800 race west across the Atlantic will reach the Caribbean island where it will be hosted by Grenada Tourism Authority with Camper & Nicholsons Marinas. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas are supporting the race by giving all finishers free berthing upon their arrival and discounted berthing for those who wish to stay for an extended period. The boats will be berthed in Port Louis Marina in St George's, the island's capital.

Grenada's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel said: "The beautiful island of Grenada, with its quality infrastructure and welcoming people has been ready to entertain a partner as prestigious as RORC for some years. Being chosen as host country for the first running of this new race across the Atlantic firmly establishes our island as a destination of choice for yachting events in the Caribbean, from now on."

RORC Commodore, Mike Greville added: "The RORC is delighted with the enthusiastic support we've received from both the Grenada Tourism Authority and Camper and Nicholsons Marinas and I know competitors will receive a warm welcome when they arrive on this beautiful island. The race with time will attract a large and competitive fleet who want a real challenge and strong competition in a warm water race to the Caribbean. The Island of Grenada has all the facilities to service these yachts."

Alongside Maxis and Superyachts, the race aims to attract the typical seasoned RORC racer. RORC Rear Commodore Steven Anderson was first to sign up for the race with his Corby 40 Cracklin Rosie, and was joined by Nigel Passmore with his J/133, Apollo 7. The first foreign entry was from Spain, with Ernesto Cortina's Baracuda 72 Gran Jotiti.

The RORC Transatlantic Race is open to boats with a minimum IRC Rating of 1.004 but also welcomes multihulls, IMOCA 60s, Class40s and other offshore one-designs to compete. The Race will also act as a feeder for yachts participating in the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, held annually in February from Antigua. The late November start date has also been designed to allow time for competitors in the Rolex Middle Sea Race to make the start in good time.

Yachts are expected to arrive in Grenada between 11 and 21 December, finishing in good time to enjoy a Spice Island Christmas. The prizegiving will take place on Saturday 20 December.

Left to right: Danny Donelan, Asst. Mgr., Camper Nicolson Port Louis Marina; Glynn Thomas, Mgr., Camper Nicholson Port Louis Marina; John Burnie, RORC Marketing & Sponsorship Consultant; Minister Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture; Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Mgr.; Andrew Mc Irvine, Admiral of RORC and Secretary General of the International Maxi Association (RORC Race Partners); Mark Scott, Director of Development, Peter de Savary Group; and Mr Rudy Grant, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority

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