Memories That Will Last a Lifetime
Published on August 29th, 2018
A diverse group of 15 yachts from 42 to 78 feet in length have already committed for the Transatlantic Race 2019 which starts June 25 for the 2960nm course from Newport, RI to Cowes, England. It will be the 31st transatlantic race organized, at least in part, by the New York Yacht Club.
“We’re very encouraged by the early interest in the Transatlantic Race 2019,” says event chair Patricia Young (Jamestown, R.I.), who competed in the 2011 edition of the race. “This is no small undertaking; successfully completing a transatlantic race is a pretty large feather in the cap of any sailor.”
A new addition to the 2019 race will be a doublehanded division. In 2015, a few entries in the 40-foot Class40 division raced with just two sailors on board but they were scored among all the other entries.
“We’ve had significant interest from sailors who would like to compete doublehanded,” says Young. “We’re more than pleased to acknowledge their persistence, endurance and teamwork with their own division and trophies.”
An additional incentive for skippers considering the Transatlantic Race 2019 is that all entrants will also be guaranteed a spot in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, August 18, 2019. This race has become one of the most popular distance events in the world, with the entry list filling up within minutes of entries opening.
The Transatlantic Race 2019 is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and the Storm Trysail Club. The deadline for the early entry discount is Saturday, September 1.