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  • Event date: 09/01/2021
  • Event end: 31/01/2021
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 2 weeks

The RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), starts from Calero Marinas – Marina Lanzarote.

The new kid on the block- and already popular. The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 2014 Transatlantic race was the inaugural edition of this race and attracted a number of bigger yachts- most noticeably the 100’ Finot ‘Nowad IV’ and the 90′ Southern Wind ‘Windfall’.

The race across from Lanzarote to Grenada is a technical transition for navigators from the winter blows of the Northern Atlantic to trade wind sailing allowing the larger boats such as Challenger and Charger to stretch their legs under reaching and running kites.

Temperatures thankfully soar as the crews dive south to the equator giving some welcome relief to those from the Northern hemisphere who are already, by late November getting thoroughly sick of the dark cold mornings and dark wet evenings.

A Transatlantic voyage on a real offshore race boat is a bucket list event for most sailors.  RORC races are professionally run, high calibre events that attract the world’s best sailors and boats- if you are going to say you raced the Atlantic this is THE way to do it-

RORC Transatlantic Race Schedule

  • Monday 4th January 2021 Boats are required to be berthed in Calero Marina, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Wednesday 6th January 2021 Welcome Party Puerto Calero Marina
  • Thursday 7th January 2021 Gala Dinner Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Saturday 9th January 2021 Start of the race
  • The date for the Prize Giving will be announced according to the entries received
    Silversands Grenada, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Requirements RORC Transatlantic Race

You must have offshore experience

The RORC Transatlantic Race is not a race for novices. Every crew member must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.

A lifejacket and harness shall be worn when on deck:

  • Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • Alone
  • Reefed
  • When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
  • And when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile

Qualifying Experience requirement

The minimum experience requirements are 500 nautical miles of offshore racing or equivalent passage(s). The experience requirement shall be completed on the boat entering into the race, by a minimum of 25% of the crew (but no fewer than two) including the Person in Charge, and within 18 months of the start of the race. A Service Yacht may qualify similarly or submit written authority from her service establishment.

Offshore Personal Survival Training

At least 30% of the boat’s crew, including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

At least one member of the boat’s crew must have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

Program Telefonica Black

Telefonica Black is not available for the 2021 race but she is for the 2022 race.

She is the perfect boat to race across an ocean as this is what she was built to do so, so join us and be part of the team that take part in her first RORC Transatlantic race.

When booking a berth with us we want to make sure you get the full experience and that you are part of the team from Day 1. On the run-up to the race, we will introduce you to all the other crew members, discuss tactics, sail plans, weather and polars.

Once you arrive in Lanzarote we will have a boat orientation and safety brief as well as going over the MOB procedures. After a day alongside we will head out for 2 sail training days prior to race start.

After race start we settle into watch systems immediately and there will be a full time crew member on each watch to carry on with your training throughout the race.

You get to experience all aspects of the boat, we rotate the watches on the helm, pit, trim, bow and navigation/tactics. We look after all the cooking and cleaning for you so you can concentrate on the racing.

About the Boat

Telefonica Black has not been modified since she raced in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 so you get the true experience, so don’t think this will be a luxury ride! Such a high-performance racing yacht does not come with many creature comforts. Cramped quarters, freeze-dried food and basic accommodation are the trade-off for a fast boat, many miles and the most exhilarating ride.

The Plan

  • 4th Jan 2021 – berth available on Telefonica Black, Calero Marinas, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
  • 5th Jan 2021 – Safety brief, boat orientation and alongside training
  • 5th Jan 2021 – RORC Welcome Party
  • 6th – 8th Jan 2021 – On water sail training
  • 6th Jan 2021 – RORC Gala dinner
  • 7th Jan 2021 – Race start

Race Finish: late January, very early February, Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada

After a couple of days off (and recovery from the prizegiving) the boat will be heading to Antigua and you are more than welcome to join us.

The Package

Included in the 3995 € berth price

  • Skipper, Mate and 2 x watch leaders
  • All training
  • Food onboard while on passage
  • Lifejacket with AIS
  • Wet weather gear
  • Daily weather updates
  • Boat tracking for friends and family at home
  • Telefonica Black branded race t-shirt

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa and part of the province of Las Palmas.  The volcanic island has a stunning variety of landscapes including sandy beaches, rocky coastline, mountain ranges and even a desert.

Puerto Calero

Puerto Calero marina, positioned in a naturally protected enclave on Lanzarote’s sheltered south coast, has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top sailing destinations while retaining a characteristic village-type atmosphere.  Well-regarded restaurants quietly line the waterfront and onsite services include a boatyard, shops, car and bike hire.

For more information on the marina, visit www.caleromarinas.com

Grenada

Grenada is actually a tri-island state and composed of several smaller islands, including Carriacou and Petite Martinique, in addition to the main island of the same name.  Known collectively as the ‘Island of Spice’ they are one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace, spices which were introduced in 1843 by traders while the island was part of the British colonies.

With volcanic origins, Grenada is a remarkably fertile environment and enjoys a luscious rainforest interior with cascading waterfalls and mountainous regions, alongside the Caribbean staples of blue water and sandy beaches. There is plenty to see and do on the island, from trekking through the rainforest to coastal watersports.

Flights & Accommodation

Travel and transport suggestions to Lanzarote and from Grenada can be found here. 

There are several options for accommodation if you don’t want to stay on the boat before training or when there is no availability as this is based on a first come first serve base.

Boats
Program RORC

RORC Transatlantic Race Schedule

  • Monday 4th January 2021 Boats are required to be berthed in Calero Marina, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Wednesday 6th January 2021 Welcome Party Puerto Calero Marina
  • Thursday 7th January 2021 Gala Dinner Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Saturday 9th January 2021 Start of the race
  • The date for the Prize Giving will be announced according to the entries received
    Silversands Grenada, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Requirements

Requirements RORC Transatlantic Race

You must have offshore experience

The RORC Transatlantic Race is not a race for novices. Every crew member must have experience of sailing a boat offshore and be prepared to encounter heavy weather. Competitors may be required to provide evidence of their offshore experience.

A lifejacket and harness shall be worn when on deck:

  • Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
  • Alone
  • Reefed
  • When the true wind speed is 25 knots or above
  • And when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile

Qualifying Experience requirement

The minimum experience requirements are 500 nautical miles of offshore racing or equivalent passage(s). The experience requirement shall be completed on the boat entering into the race, by a minimum of 25% of the crew (but no fewer than two) including the Person in Charge, and within 18 months of the start of the race. A Service Yacht may qualify similarly or submit written authority from her service establishment.

Offshore Personal Survival Training

At least 30% of the boat’s crew, including the Person in Charge, must have completed training to Section 6 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and gained a certificate from a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Survival Training Course. Training must have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race. We do recommend that 100% of the crew has completed this training for your own and others safety at sea.

First Aid Training

At least one member of the boat’s crew must have completed a First Aid Training Course and hold an in-date certificate. The course shall comply with OSR 6.05.2 and have been completed within five years of the start of the race. The qualifications of Doctors, Paramedics or similarly trained medical professionals will be accepted, provided they are familiar with the topics in OSR Appendix H.

Program Telefonica Black 2022

Program Telefonica Black

Telefonica Black is not available for the 2021 race but she is for the 2022 race.

She is the perfect boat to race across an ocean as this is what she was built to do so, so join us and be part of the team that take part in her first RORC Transatlantic race.

When booking a berth with us we want to make sure you get the full experience and that you are part of the team from Day 1. On the run-up to the race, we will introduce you to all the other crew members, discuss tactics, sail plans, weather and polars.

Once you arrive in Lanzarote we will have a boat orientation and safety brief as well as going over the MOB procedures. After a day alongside we will head out for 2 sail training days prior to race start.

After race start we settle into watch systems immediately and there will be a full time crew member on each watch to carry on with your training throughout the race.

You get to experience all aspects of the boat, we rotate the watches on the helm, pit, trim, bow and navigation/tactics. We look after all the cooking and cleaning for you so you can concentrate on the racing.

About the Boat

Telefonica Black has not been modified since she raced in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 so you get the true experience, so don’t think this will be a luxury ride! Such a high-performance racing yacht does not come with many creature comforts. Cramped quarters, freeze-dried food and basic accommodation are the trade-off for a fast boat, many miles and the most exhilarating ride.

The Plan

  • 4th Jan 2021 – berth available on Telefonica Black, Calero Marinas, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
  • 5th Jan 2021 – Safety brief, boat orientation and alongside training
  • 5th Jan 2021 – RORC Welcome Party
  • 6th – 8th Jan 2021 – On water sail training
  • 6th Jan 2021 – RORC Gala dinner
  • 7th Jan 2021 – Race start

Race Finish: late January, very early February, Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada

After a couple of days off (and recovery from the prizegiving) the boat will be heading to Antigua and you are more than welcome to join us.

The Package

Included in the 3995 € berth price

  • Skipper, Mate and 2 x watch leaders
  • All training
  • Food onboard while on passage
  • Lifejacket with AIS
  • Wet weather gear
  • Daily weather updates
  • Boat tracking for friends and family at home
  • Telefonica Black branded race t-shirt
Tips

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa and part of the province of Las Palmas.  The volcanic island has a stunning variety of landscapes including sandy beaches, rocky coastline, mountain ranges and even a desert.

Puerto Calero

Puerto Calero marina, positioned in a naturally protected enclave on Lanzarote’s sheltered south coast, has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top sailing destinations while retaining a characteristic village-type atmosphere.  Well-regarded restaurants quietly line the waterfront and onsite services include a boatyard, shops, car and bike hire.

For more information on the marina, visit www.caleromarinas.com

Grenada

Grenada is actually a tri-island state and composed of several smaller islands, including Carriacou and Petite Martinique, in addition to the main island of the same name.  Known collectively as the ‘Island of Spice’ they are one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace, spices which were introduced in 1843 by traders while the island was part of the British colonies.

With volcanic origins, Grenada is a remarkably fertile environment and enjoys a luscious rainforest interior with cascading waterfalls and mountainous regions, alongside the Caribbean staples of blue water and sandy beaches. There is plenty to see and do on the island, from trekking through the rainforest to coastal watersports.

Flights & Accommodation

Travel and transport suggestions to Lanzarote and from Grenada can be found here. 

There are several options for accommodation if you don’t want to stay on the boat before training or when there is no availability as this is based on a first come first serve base.

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