Change of date - The 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start on Saturday 9th January 2021 from Calero Marinas Puerto Calero, Lanzarote © James Mitchell/Calero Marinas

The Royal Ocean Racing Club have announced a new start date for the 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Traditionally held in November each year from Lanzarote to Grenada, the next edition will start from Calero Marinas Puerto Calero on the 9th January 2021 and once again finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. This date change is the most significant of a number of subtle changes the RORC is making to its Season Points Championships, which includes making the Rolex Middle Sea Race the first points race in the Championships, not the last, and also changes to the points factors for certain offshore races.

“The RORC Committee felt that having the Rolex Middle Sea Race as the first race in the championship would encourage more owners to use the Autumn/Winter season for adventure sailing and include in their programme the RORC Transatlantic Race and RORC Caribbean 600 before returning to the UK in the Spring,” Commented RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone. “We also felt that starting the RORC Transatlantic Race in January provides more time for boats to get from Malta to Lanzarote, and we also know that the trade winds are further north and more consistent at that time.”



Supported once again by Calero Marinas, the fleet will be hosted at Puerto Calero before the start in 2021 © Calero Marinas Puerto Calero

José Juan Calero, CEO Calero Marinas comments: "On behalf of Calero Marinas, we couldn’t feel more honoured to be working with the prestigious Royal Ocean Racing Club in the organisation of this regatta. Once again we will be offering favourable berthing fees for those competitors who arrive early and free berthing for the week before the race start at our Puerto Calero Marina, which will be the host port for the 2021 race. Advancing the start date to January will without doubt significantly improve the chance of encountering more favourable winds for the crossing."





French Wally 100 Dark Shadow finishes the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race in Grenada © Arthur Daniel


Andrew Garland, Business Development Manager at Camper & Nicholsons Marinas comments: “RORC has been at the cutting edge of yacht racing since 1925 and Camper & Nicholsons is one of the oldest yachting brands, so we share a common brand ethos. Our ongoing investment and expansion of Port Louis Marina ensures that we continue to provide the very best marina facilities to be the destination of choice for discerning yachtsmen around the world. After 3,000nm of hard ocean racing, we are proud to offer one of the warmest and most genuine Caribbean welcomes to all the skippers and crews taking part. We are extremely excited to be working with the team at RORC to deliver another successful race finish for 2021.”





A warm spice island welcome after the long transatlantic passage is always guaranteed at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina © Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina

The 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race also welcomes a new supporter - Silversands Grenada which will host the prize-giving. This breathtaking brand new 5 Star Hotel is on the northern end of the famous Grand Anse Beach with a perfect view of the race finish. Silversands Grenada features 43 luxury rooms, a world-class spa and upscale award-winning local cuisine.





Richard Palmer (right) and Jeremy Waitt were the first ever two handed team to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy for overall victory. 2019 race on JPK 1010 Jangada. © Arthur Daniel

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RORC - Update on forthcoming races
The Royal Ocean Racing Club announce further cancellations and changes to some of its key events as the season progresses and the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout April. The decision comes after continued close monitoring of Government and medical advice, and in line with guidance from World Sailing and the RYA. The RORC's intention is to adapt its race programme and courses as necessary in order to get members and competitors on the water as soon as it is possible and appropriate.

Myth of Malham - Cancelled
One of the most popular and tactically challenging races, the 230nm Myth of Malham race, scheduled to start on Saturday 23rd May (Bank Holiday), has regretfully been cancelled. The course from Cowes, around Eddystone Lighthouse and back to a finish in the western Solent, mirrors the first 130nm of the Rolex Fastnet Race and takes in some of the most complex tidal gates around notable headlands that include Portland Bill and Start Point.

De Guingand Bowl - Cancelled
The next cancellation in the 2020 RORC Season's Points Championship is the De Guingand Bowl on Saturday 6th June. The race traditionally sails a course relatively close to the Isle of Wight with a Club finish back in the Solent.

RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone comments: "In previous editions, it has provided a great opportunity for the Race Committee to try different aspects of course setting to challenge the fleet and its navigators. Last year we tried out some really exciting and new ideas around the course and the weather, and we were extremely keen to keep that going again. Sadly it's not to be this year, but we will continue to explore these ideas in 2021!"

East Coast Race - Under review
The Club is also working closely with EAORA (East Anglian Offshore Racing Association) and the East Coast Race which is still currently scheduled for the 19th June. The Associations' PRO, Paul Jackson said: "The East Coast Race is still under review. There have been some positive comments from the Netherlands, but it is still early days at the moment and we will wait until we are a little closer to the event to make a final decision."

IRC National Championship - Potential Date Change
The RORC are also considering moving the IRC National Championships from its scheduled June timeslot to Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. The potential move would see the IRC Nationals being run together with the IRC Double-Handed National Championship scheduled for the same weekend.

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