Plymouth to be Transat host venue

transatPlymouth has won the bid to host the start of the next edition of The Transat on 8 May 2016. The 14th edition of this historic quadrennial solo transatlantic race began its life in 1960 (as OSTAR) and has transformed into one of the most important events on the professional racing calendar.

Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “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 wild storms and tough upwind conditions, icebergs and freezing fog in the final part, and can take between 8-19 days for all the boats to finish.

Image: Th.Martinez/Sea&Co

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