“ We absolutely delighted by the turn out and the calibre of the skippers who are taking on the challenge of one of the greatest solo races in the sport”
In 100 days time, a growing fleet of first-class ocean racers and fearless adventurers will set sail on the world’s oldest solo transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York – The Transat.
This year’s race has attracted a star-studded line up of offshore greats, from the likes of Vendée Globe competitors Sébastien Josse and Armel Le Cléac’h in the IMOCA60, to Transat Jacques Vabre winner Erwan Le Roux and Route du Rhum winner Thomas Coville on the flying multihulls and seasoned offshore competitors Miranda Merron and Thibaut Vauchel in the Class40.
The Transat is a nostalgic race steeped in history, full of adventure and touched upon by tragedy. Established in 1960 by Sir Francis Chichester and Blondie Hasler, Hasler’s legendary vision for the race is still as relevant today as it was then – The Transat is about “one man, one boat, one ocean.”
But while the principle behind the race remains the same, a new generation of ocean racing machines sees a classic reborn in 2016. Giant Ultimes, flying Multi50s, powerful IMOCA60s and hardy Class40s, helmed by some of the world’s finest solo sailors, could make for one of the fastest crossings yet.
“We absolutely delighted by the turn out and the calibre of the skippers who are taking on the challenge of one of the greatest solo races in the sport,” said Hervé Favre, Offshore Events Director for OC Sport Pen Duick. “With the right conditions we could see records tumbling in all four classes.”
Paying homage to The Transat’s origins, the 14th edition will set sail from Plymouth – the first city to play host to the race. From Plymouth breakwater, the fleet will race 3,000 miles to Brooklyn in New York, where The Transat first finished 56 years ago.
Between the two cities, competitors will be alone faced with the towering waves of the Atlantic, blinding fog, ferocious winds and the danger of ice drifting down from the Arctic. The fleet will spend anywhere between eight and 18 days at sea, dependent on the boat. Racing upwind for the majority of the race, The Transat will be a hard slog for the skippers. Frequent rest, good nutrition and staying hydrated will be key to staving off fatigue and staying in the game. The Atlantic is a dangerous playground and intelligent sailing will be the key to success in New York City.
With just 100 days to the start of this epic, The Transat boasts an international fleet of almost 30 boats including three Ultimes, five Multi 50s, seven IMOCA 60S, 11 Class40s, two female skippers, two Brits, 21 French entries, one German and The Transat’s first Japanese entry.
You can read more into the colourful history of The Transat here and see the announced competitor line up below.
Entries for the 2016 Transat are open until 31st January. To enter, please click here.
THE ENTRY LIST SO FAR:
Yves Le Blevec/Team Actual
Sébastien Josse/Edmond de Rothschild
Jean-Pierre Dick/St Michel-Virbac
Armel Le Cléac’h/Banque Populaire VIII
Gilles Lamiré/French Tech Rennes – St Malo
Erwan Le Roux/FenetrA
Erik Nigon/Vers un monde sans sida
Brieuc Maisonneuve/Cap des Palmes
Anna Maria Renken/NIVEA
Miranda Merron/Campagne de France
Vincent Lantin/Le Slip Français
Thibaut Vauchel/Camus Solidaires en Peloton – ARSEP
Out of category
Loïck Peyron/Pen Duick II