Latifa sailing in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, Old Road Race.

3000 nautical MILES of classic sailing from LANZAROTE to st-KITTS

DePARTure on january 8, 2019 AT 2PM (local time)

THE TRANSAT CLASSIQUE IS BENDING OVER BACKWARDS !

 

On its fourth edition, this legendary race confirms its status of “classic” offshore racing, preserving one  specificity like no other: to be fully dedicated to classic
yachts. Thanks to the Panerai Transat Classique 2019, boats that have a place in the history of yachting have finally found a playground to match the size of their
ambition, the Atlantic Ocean.

This unique event is not only a simple journey, but a true race, with stakes, rivalries, joys, pains and numerous twists and turns. During the 3 previous races, competitors, and those who have followed these “naval battles” over the website’s live tracking, have enjoyed the competitive spirit between the various
sailboats, never giving up, without forgetting the values that are so dear to “seafarers”: solidarity, high esteem for adversaries and respect for the environment.

an innovative route

In this new edition, the Atlantic Yacht Club, alongside with Comet Organization, have created a new route which will allows the expression of the exceptional marine qualities of the yachts engaged in the race and the strategic talent of the sailors. On January 8, the Island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, will be witnessing the departure of the fleet of classic sailboats for an adventure of nearly 3000 miles (about 5 500 km) to reach a paradise, the Island of St. Kitts situated north of the West Indies.
In the early hours of the race, competitors will have to negociate the exit of the archipelago of the Canary Islands and will be faced with several options : to circumvent the islands by the North or South, or to try to cross through the middle, accepting risk but experiencing the effects of wind accelerations.
When the fleet reaches the trade winds, the crews will have to handle their boats, put up the spinnaker and avoid wind holes. Finally, when arriving in the Caribbean, the tacticians will have to negociate the approach of the island of Saint-Kitts.