Transatlantic Race 2011
Videos : The starts from Newport
Wednesday 6 July 2011 –
One of the greatest moments in the history of offshore racing took place Sunday, July 3 with the final start of the Transatlantic Race 2011, setting six yachts on their course from Newport to The Lizard off the southeast coast of England.
And as the six magnificent yachts hoisted their sails you could almost feel the huge crowd of spectators gathered at Castle Hill hold their breath as they observed the fastest ocean-going monohulls to have ever been built in 145 years of transatlantic racing.
The Transatlantic Race 2011 charts a 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, England. Three separate starts – June 26, June 29 and July 3 – have featured 26 boats ranging from 40 to 289 feet in length. In addition to winners in seven classes, whichever yacht finishes the course with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark for a new racing record Record #sailingrecord from Newport to Lizard Point, to be ratified by the World Speed Speed #speedsailing Sailing Council.
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