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  • Event date: 07/01/2023
  • Event end: 29/01/2023
  • 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 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

Dates have to be confirmed for the 2023 edition

  • Monday 2th January 2023 Boats are required to be berthed in Calero Marina, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Wednesday 4th January 2023 Welcome Party Puerto Calero Marina
  • Thursday 5th January 2023 Gala Dinner
  • Saturday 7th January 2023 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.

The Notice of Race is important to take knowledge of before entering the race. Please read it here Notice of Race RORC Transatlantic 2022

The Person in Charge for each race shall agree to the terms of the declaration below using Sailgate the online entry system. You will get access to this system after booking and after confirmation of the race. In exceptional circumstances, the RORC may accept a signed printed declaration.

Race Entry Form Declaration to be signed by every Person in Charge

To the best of my knowledge, the information I have given is accurate. I understand that yacht racing can be dangerous. I agree that the RORC, organising clubs, the Rolex SA, the Rolex UK, other sponsors and their agents, have no responsibility for loss of life or injury to members or others, or for the loss of, or damage to any vessel or property. I have paid particular attention to and agree to be bound by Special Regulation 1.02 and I have read and understand and where appropriate agree to be bound by RORC NoR 4 Responsibility. Before racing, I will effect adequate and suitable insurance. Before racing I will ensure that my crew is aware of:

  • the undertaking in this Declaration
  • the importance of effecting appropriate personal insurance
  • their responsibility in rules observance, and in particular RRS 1.2 (wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions). See also RORC Prescription to the Special Regulations 5.01.5

I agree to be bound by RRS, RYA Prescriptions, this Notice of Race, World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and other applicable rules. The boat will be available for inspection. If any alteration likely to affect the handicap or rating is made, e.g. to sails, rig, mast, ballast, trim, engine or propeller, I will notify the Rating Authority and Race Committee immediately. I will ensure that no crew member races on my boat contrary to the terms of any ban imposed by World Sailing, or a National Authority or the RORC.

I understand and agree that the information given in this race entry and also the race entry lists and results will be maintained on the Club’s computer to be used for all aspects of the race organisation.

I confirm that I will comply with current COVID-19 guidelines applicable to their location. Given the length and potential conditions of the race, no person(s) shall compete if they have, or if they have been in contact with anyone with, symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before the start date.

I understand that some activities may be restricted by regulations and guidelines emanating from governments, port/harbour authorities and marinas. All competitors should be aware of regulations, guidelines and restrictions before entering any port.

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.

The 7th RORC Transatlantic Race 2021 onboard Volvo 70 Green Dragon

Start RORC Transatlantic Race 2022

Video action from the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race which started in glorious conditions outside Marina Lanzarote. A flotilla of spectator boats witnessed the spectacle and thousands more watched by live stream, with Vendée Globe star Pip Hare providing commentary. After months of preparation and planning, the 3,000nm race to Grenada has begun for 256 sailors from 27 different countries. The record fleet of 30 boats set off at blistering pace downwind leaving Lanzarote behind. The RORC fleet will race through the Canary Islands before sailing into the open waters of the Atlantic. A complex weather system promises a fascinating race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

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RORC Transatlantic Race Schedule

Dates have to be confirmed for the 2023 edition

  • Monday 2th January 2023 Boats are required to be berthed in Calero Marina, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  • Wednesday 4th January 2023 Welcome Party Puerto Calero Marina
  • Thursday 5th January 2023 Gala Dinner
  • Saturday 7th January 2023 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.

NOR

The Notice of Race is important to take knowledge of before entering the race. Please read it here Notice of Race RORC Transatlantic 2022

The Person in Charge for each race shall agree to the terms of the declaration below using Sailgate the online entry system. You will get access to this system after booking and after confirmation of the race. In exceptional circumstances, the RORC may accept a signed printed declaration.

Race Entry Form Declaration to be signed by every Person in Charge

To the best of my knowledge, the information I have given is accurate. I understand that yacht racing can be dangerous. I agree that the RORC, organising clubs, the Rolex SA, the Rolex UK, other sponsors and their agents, have no responsibility for loss of life or injury to members or others, or for the loss of, or damage to any vessel or property. I have paid particular attention to and agree to be bound by Special Regulation 1.02 and I have read and understand and where appropriate agree to be bound by RORC NoR 4 Responsibility. Before racing, I will effect adequate and suitable insurance. Before racing I will ensure that my crew is aware of:

  • the undertaking in this Declaration
  • the importance of effecting appropriate personal insurance
  • their responsibility in rules observance, and in particular RRS 1.2 (wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions). See also RORC Prescription to the Special Regulations 5.01.5

I agree to be bound by RRS, RYA Prescriptions, this Notice of Race, World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and other applicable rules. The boat will be available for inspection. If any alteration likely to affect the handicap or rating is made, e.g. to sails, rig, mast, ballast, trim, engine or propeller, I will notify the Rating Authority and Race Committee immediately. I will ensure that no crew member races on my boat contrary to the terms of any ban imposed by World Sailing, or a National Authority or the RORC.

I understand and agree that the information given in this race entry and also the race entry lists and results will be maintained on the Club’s computer to be used for all aspects of the race organisation.

I confirm that I will comply with current COVID-19 guidelines applicable to their location. Given the length and potential conditions of the race, no person(s) shall compete if they have, or if they have been in contact with anyone with, symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before the start date.

I understand that some activities may be restricted by regulations and guidelines emanating from governments, port/harbour authorities and marinas. All competitors should be aware of regulations, guidelines and restrictions before entering any port.

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.

Video's

The 7th RORC Transatlantic Race 2021 onboard Volvo 70 Green Dragon

Start RORC Transatlantic Race 2022

Video action from the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race which started in glorious conditions outside Marina Lanzarote. A flotilla of spectator boats witnessed the spectacle and thousands more watched by live stream, with Vendée Globe star Pip Hare providing commentary. After months of preparation and planning, the 3,000nm race to Grenada has begun for 256 sailors from 27 different countries. The record fleet of 30 boats set off at blistering pace downwind leaving Lanzarote behind. The RORC fleet will race through the Canary Islands before sailing into the open waters of the Atlantic. A complex weather system promises a fascinating race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

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