(Thursday, July 16, 2015) – Bryon Ehrhart’s Reichel/Pugh 63 Lucky has been confirmed as the winner of the Transatlantic Race 2015 by the event’s four organizers: the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.

This almost closes the latest chapter in what is the world’s oldest trans-oceanic yacht race. In 1866, just 15 years after they famously won off the British what would become the America’s Cup, the New York Yacht Club ran its first Transatlantic Race. Since then it has been held irregularly, the most famous occasion being in 1905 when it was of political consequence in the build up to the First World War. Intended by Kaiser Wilhelm II as a means of illustrating German supremacy at sea at a time when ‘Britannia ruled the waves’, he presented the solid gold ‘Kaiser’s Cup’ as the trophy for which the 1905 event would be raced. Ultimately the Kaiser’s yacht Hamburg was roundly dispatched by American Wilson Marshall’s Atlantic with Charlie Barr, the Russell Coutts of his day, driving the 227’ three-masted schooner from New York to The Lizard in just 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds.

Saturday 18th July 2015
Transatlantic Race Welcome Party hosted by Peters & May : 12.30-15.00
Dress: Crew Uniform

Welcome drink & lunch, additional tickets priced at $50.00/£32.00, and cash bar available for additional drinks

Some tickets included within the entry fee - see “allocated ticket breakdown by boat” . The spreadsheet “Transatlantic Race RYS Social Events” indicates tickets that have been applied for/assumed, please review and contact the office if you require additional tickets/wish to amend your booking. Tickets must be collected prior to the event, please visit the RYS office to collect tickets & pay for any additional requirements.

Friday 24th July 2015
Awards Ceremony: 18.30-20.00
Dress: Jacket & Tie

Champagne & Canapé reception, additional tickets priced at $40.00/£26.00

Some tickets included within the entry fee - see “allocated ticket breakdown by boat” attached. The spreadsheet “Transatlantic Race RYS Social Events” indicates tickets that have been applied for/assumed, please review and contact the office if you require additional tickets/wish to amend your booking. Tickets must be collected prior to the event, please visit the RYS office to collect tickets & pay for any additional requirements.

Friday 24th July 2015
Awards Dinner: 20.00 for 20.30
Dress: Jacket & Tie

3 course dinner with accompanying wines, additional tickets priced at $100/£65.00

2 tickets included within the entry fee. We hope to be in a position to supply additional tickets and the attached spreadsheet indicates where these have been applied for, please review and contact the office for further details. If you do not require your allocation please advise as this will free up space for those who wish to bring additional guests. Tickets must be collected prior to the event, please visit the RYS office to collect tickets & pay for any additional requirements.

Competitors who retired are very welcome and we would be delighted should you wish to join, please contact the RYS Office.

If you have any queries at this stage please do not hesitate to contact the RYS Office. Tickets are available for collection from this point onwards.

It should be noted that there will be no access without tickets so it is imperative that you collect these in advance of the events or contact the office to confirm your booking so arrangements can be made to leave your tickets at the gate for collection.

 

(Wednesday, July 15, 2015) – While the oceanic speedsters of the Transatlantic Race 2015 have long since docked after making the 2,800 mile crossing from Newport to The Lizard in just over a week, a thought needs to be spared for the nine boats still at sea. Six of these have been battling the North Atlantic for two and a half weeks, while the back marker of these, Paul Anstey and Craig Rastello’s Florida-based C&C 41, Dizzy, this morning has broken the ‘500 miles to go’ barrier with an ETA at The Lizard of Saturday afternoon.
 
The only boat to make her way up the English Channel to Cowes in the last few hours has been Earl St. Aldwyn’s elegant, fast, Shipman 50, Zephyr. She crossed the finish line off The Lizard at 03:47:09 UTC yesterday (23:47:09 EDT on July 13) and then ticked off the Coastal Race, arriving in Cowes early this morning (03:13 UTC).

(Tuesday, July 14, 2015) – 20 boats, or just over half the fleet, have now finished the Transatlantic Race 2015.
 
George David’s Rambler 88 was roughly 120 miles astern when her rival, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s 100ft Comanche, crossed the finish line at The Lizard off the south coast of England on Monday at 5:49 UTC (01:49 EDT). Rambler 88 followed at 11:08 UTC (07:08 EDT), winning on corrected time, by 7 hours, 2 minutes and 49 seconds win over her larger opponent.
 
Rambler 88’s sailing manager and tactician Brad Butterworth commented: “The boat performed pretty well. It took us a while to get ourselves sorted out with the sail combinations and we were experimenting with the side boards all the while we were racing. It got windy around day four, when the sea state didn’t really suit us and it wasn’t until the last two days when we felt comfortable against the big boat [Comanche].”

(Monday, July 13, 2015) – A giant runway of strong southwesterly wind spanning the breadth of the North Atlantic for the last few days has allowed the grand prix boats competing in the Transatlantic Race 2015 to cover staggering mileage.
 
While Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s 100’ maxi Comanche set a new monohull 24-hour record when she covered 618.01 miles over Friday-Saturday (subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council), Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 trimaran Phaedo³ also put in a resounding performance.
 
Towards the end of the race Phaedo³, at one point, recorded a peak speed of 41.2 knots when navigator Miles Seddon was driving. As Thornburg recounted: “The sea opened up before him. It was the biggest wave you have ever seen and we were pointing down it!” But it was the consistently big daily runs that were most impressive – four days at 610 miles/day and this was despite a generally short wavelength that required them to stack everything hard aft and have appendages and rig raked back to the maximum setting.

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