An agreement has been signed with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd and Pure Grenada to host the finish of the transatlantic yacht race for the next four years. The race will end at Port Louis Marina in Grenada, which is operated by CN Marinas.
For 2017 competitors will depart from Calero Marinas Marina Lanzarote to sail the 2,995 nautical miles before arriving at Port Louis Marina. The start date for this year is November 25, 2017.
The RORC is an exclusive yacht club with 4,100 members and the world's premier organiser of racing for offshore yachts. This year is the fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race – an annual event organised in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA). For this year’s race, 22 entries with crews from around the world will be racing in a diverse range of boats from 10m-30.5m (33ft-100ft).
Pure Grenada CEO Patricia Maher said: "Grenada is delighted to welcome one of the world's most prestigious yacht races to our shores, a move that confirms the stature of our yachting infrastructure and tourism attractions. Racing teams, yacht owners and their supporters will all enjoy a very warm welcome in Grenada over the coming years and can find plenty of ways to celebrate, from rum tasting and fine dining, to our cultural experiences, verdant rainforest and beautiful white sandy beaches."
RORC chief executive Eddie Warden Owen said: "We are delighted that Grenada wants to host the finish of our Transatlantic Race for the next four years. This year will be the fourth time we have finished in Grenada and the competitors receive a warm and friendly reception on arrival. Grenada is an ideal destination with fabulous facilities at the Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, and close by is the beautiful cruising ground of the Grenadine islands which is perfect for our sailors to explore at the end of the race."
General manager of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Port Louis Marina Grenada Glynn Thomas comments: "Grenada and her waters offer an unspoilt cruising destination in the southern Caribbean and Port Louis Marina is the ideal base from which to explore the region. RORC attracts a great deal of publicity and creates a wonderful buzz of activity within the marina and for the whole island to enjoy. This is a fantastic event to be a part of and this agreement reasserts Port Louis Marina and Grenada as a premiere global yachting destination."