The third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start on 26th November 2016 from Marina Lanzarote to Port Louis Marina, Grenada.
The RORC Transatlantic Race was brought to a conclusion on Friday 18th December with a closing ceremony held at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. Competitors, guests and friends of the race enjoyed a Westerhall Rum Punch and Caribbean barbecue prepared by the staff of the Victory Restaurant at Port Louis.
RORC Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Warden Owen introduced RORC Commodore Michael Boyd who announced that the Grenada Tourism Authority had pledged their continued support for the RORC Transatlantic Race, and that the third edition would start on 26th November 2016 from Marina Lanzarote and finish in Grenada, hosted by Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.
Mrs Nikoyan Roberts, Nautical Development Manager spoke on behalf of the Grenada Tourism Authority:
‘The Grenada Tourism Authority would like to congratulate all of the competitors; they are all winners, from Phaedo3 to Nunatak. Racing across the Atlantic is a fantastic, courageous achievement and we hope to see everyone again next year. Grenada welcomes you. This race is part of our yachting history and gives us global recognition and it also serves to underpin the fact that we have sea faring traditions that extend centuries ago. When we welcome you here it is because we are special people, but we are loving the future you are showing us whilst embracing our past. On behalf of the Grenadian Tourism Authority, we thank you for being here and we welcome you back in 2016.
RORC Commodore Michael Boyd responded on behalf of the Royal Ocean Racing Club:
Many thanks to the Grenada Tourism Authority, one of the main supporters of the RORC Transatlantic Race, for all their hard work in making this event such a great success. Also, many thanks to Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina who have worked so professionally to make sure that the finishing teams are well cared for, and Westerhall Rums for their wonderful parties. It is very special for the RORC to be back here and we are delighted with all the competitors who have made a major commitment to take part. There has been some fantastic battles within the fleet and on behalf of the Club, I would like say to all the competitors how much we admire your spirit, your endeavour, your humour and your achievement!
by Louay Habib