(July 31, 2015) – If the Transatlantic Race 2015 were easy, to borrow a popular expression, it wouldn’t be nearly as worthwhile an experience. So the energy level was high last Friday, July 24, as competitors, race officials and dignitaries gathered at the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Castle, in Cowes, England, to honor the winners, recount a few sea stories and celebrate the shared experience of racing across one of the planet’s least hospitable bodies of water.
A nearly 50 percent increase in entries from 2011, the last time this race was run, shows that interest in long-distance blue-water racing remains high. The six starters that failed to finish due to a variety of technical issues are an equally strong indication that despite modern materials, construction techniques and communication technology, racing from Newport, R.I. to The Lizard off the southwestern tip of England isn’t getting any easier.
“The weather was the dominant feature of the race,” said Event Co-Chair George David, New York Yacht Club, who also raced in the event onboard his Rambler 88. “For the [Start 2] starters, they had great wind the whole way across, in some cases more wind than people wanted.”
(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.