Race The Transat bakerly with Virtual Regatta and follow the fleet online

The competitors can expect to face big swells, quick-changing weather patterns and even icebergs. And now fans can join them

01.05.2016

This year sailing enthusiasts will be able to compete in their own North Atlantic battle from the comfort of their own armchairs

On May 2nd, 25 of the world’s top solo offshore sailors will set sail from Plymouth, to embark on the 3,050 mile course to New York as part of The Transat bakerly.

Sailing counter-clockwise against the gulf stream and the wind, the competitors can expect to face big swells, quick-changing weather patterns and even icebergs. And now fans can join them.

For the first time, this year sailing enthusiasts will be able to compete in their own North Atlantic battle from the comfort of their own armchairs, with the offical game from Virtual Regatta.

Fans around the world can line up agaisnt each other to race the world’s toughest transatlantic crossing and share in the adventure - racing their own boat 24 hours a day, seven days a week as The Transat bakerly skippers will do.

It’s up to the player to select the best heading for the conditions and make the right decisions that will take the all the way to New York.

The game is available on all web platforms or from the Virtual Regatta apps (Android and IOS). Register here.

For the real competitors of The Transat bakerly, the passage could take as little as eight days for the three skippers in the Ultime class, Thomas Coville, Yves le Blevec and Francois Gabart, or as many 15 days for the 10 Class40s competing, with all of the competitors keen to write their name in the winner’s column alongside the likes of Michel Desjoyeaux, Francis Joyon, Ellen MacArthur and of course, Eric Tabarly, who inspired a generation of French ocean racers.

Track the world-class fleet as they battle their way across the Atlantic through Geo Racing, here.

Fans online can also follow the fleet on the official website, www.thetransatbakerly.com, and on the official social page pages, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Supporters heading down to Plymouth to wave Bon Voyage to the Transat bakerly competitors will have front row seats to the start from Plymouth Hoe.

A bustling Race Village is open daily from 1000 to 1700, where visitors will be able to step inside for a chance see the impressive fleet of ocean racers and find out more about the transatlantic spectacular, and kick back, relax and enjoy the all-new Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival, before the fleet set sail at 1430 BST on Monday 2nd May.

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