For years yachting enthusiasts have regarded Grenada and the Grenadines as a premier yachting destination, so it’s no wonder our unspoilt cruising grounds attracted the attention of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Transatlantic Race, now in its third year.
On Saturday 26th November 2016, 14 yachts ranging from 40 to 112ft started a 2,865 nautical mile journey through the Canary Islands and across the atlantic ocean to get to Port Louis Marina in Pure Grenada.
The race unfolded with a fleet of competitors from 20 different nations, who over the course of 14 days keep us updated through exhilarating blogs from the boats, and photography and videos capturing the challenging journey.
“Home Stretch. After 3300Nm we finally have Grenada in sight and the crew are elated. Whilst this has been a race and we have not won(!) the scale of the challenge we have completed is not lost on us and as a sail training vessel we are exceptionally proud of what we have accomplished. - Challenger”
As anticipated both MOD70 boats, Phaedo3 and Maserati arrived in Grenada first with Phaedo3 taking the lead and Multihull Line Honours for the second year in a row.
The overall winner of the 2016 RORC Transatlantic race was Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder's Marte 72, Aragon, who were happy to receive a fantastic welcome at Port Louis.
After a long and enduring journey across the Atlantic Ocean we greeted each yacht with a warm Grenadian welcome and invited them to make the most of our white and black sand beaches, lush rainforest, historical sites and attractions and our stunning sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The RORC Transatlantic Race Prize Giving was well attended by crews from competing yachts and guest of honour was Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Culture & Cooperatives. RORC Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Warden Owen opened proceedings by thanking the Government of Grenada, Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Calero Marinas and Westerhall Rums for their generous support.
If you are a ‘die-hard’ yachting and sailing enthusiasts you can find out more about the RORC Transatlantic Race here (http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/)