Excited sailors

The Panerai Transat Classique 2019 is starting tomorrow. The fourth edition of this exceptional race, the only transatlantic reserved to classic sailing yachts, promises to be magnificent. All boats are well prepared and ready to go, and crews are more and more impatient for the fight.



This morning, about 24 hours before departure, skippers of the Panerai Transat Classique 2019 have carefully listened to the Race Director François Séruzier and to the weather clarification of Christian Dumard (from Great Circle). This weather expert, working on the biggest offshore races such as the Vendee Globe and the Volvo Ocean Race, first recalled frequent weather phenomena in the Atlantic Ocean such as “easterly flows” (small depression coming from East to West with rains and winds up to 30 knots), “tropical storms” (low pressure coming from East, and getting deeper) and finally, “Tradewinds breaks” (usually provoked by a flow descent, due to a strong northerly low pressure)

Fortunately, according to the grib files of the first days, those phenomena are not expected and rare for the season. For the departure and the following days, tacticians will have to deal with a delicate situation: A light Easterly wind blowing 5 to 10 knots in the morning, turning South-South-East in the afternoon and back to East in the night. Some competitors might be tempted to go South, choosing a moderate wind fall, due to the lower relief of Fuerteventura. The two following days will be accompanied by low Tradewinds blowing 10 to 12 knots. They will have to wait till January 11 for the arrival of a low pressure between Canary Islands and Cabo Verde. This low pressure could blow up to 30 knots in its West. It is early to know its exact position and evolution, but it could change the deal.



Last night, one of the historical partners of the Transat Classique offered to the competitors a cocktail on the pontoons, right in front of the boats. The party was friendly and warm, animated by traditional songs of the Savoyard and Italian crews (Lys and Eilean). During this special time, organizers gave out Mount Gay red caps, as a sign of gratitude for sailors over all the seas of the globe.



The departure breakfast offered by Italian high-end watchmaker Panerai has become a key event of the Panerai Transat Classique. It is served in the elegant lounge at Calero Marinas Marina Lanzarote, right in front of the pontoons where the boats are berthed until tomorrow. The breakfast is an opportunity to salute competitors and to wish them a great adventure before to meet again in Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts, after 2800 miles of fight.

Follow the race on www.paneraitransatclassique.com, with a cartography update every 2 hours.