Transat Yacht Race
Monday 2nd May 2016
From: 9:00 am
Plymouth has won the bid to host the start of The Transat 2016, ensuring that The Transat, the successor to the OSTAR (for the pro end of the fleet) will start from its historic ‘home’ of Plymouth.
The singlehanded race westabout across the North Atlantic will set sail on Monday 2nd May 2016.
Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We’re over the moon that OC Sport has selected Plymouth as the host venue for The Transat in 2016. Businesses in the city have rallied to support our bid and we’re looking forward to staging a spectacular and memorable event in the race’s historic home.
“We’ll be working to create a real regatta feel for the event and enlivening the Hoe, Barbican and Sutton Harbour with music, entertainment and much more for sailing enthusiasts, families and visitors to enjoy.”
The 2,800-mile race across the North Atlantic is renowned for storms and tough upwind conditions, as well as icebergs and freezing fog in the final part. It can take between 8-19 days for all the boats to finish.
The Boats will be available to view on Plymouth Hoe from 24th April 2016, until they depart on 2nd May 2016.