The Transat bakerly
The World famous yacht race, The Transat bakerly, is returning to Plymouth in April following a successful bid to host the start of the race.
Visitors are invited to welcome the sailors into Plymouth as they are set to arrive between 9am and 11am on Sunday 24 April. The world-class fleet will dock their boats at Plymouth Yacht Haven and Sutton Harbour Marina until the start of the race, from Plymouth to New York, on Monday 2 May at approximately 2.30pm.
During the first May Bank Holiday weekend residents and visitors and will be able to kick-back and relax in the bars and restaurants whilst enjoying a feast of entertainment including a Race Village, a brand new Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival, air and firework displays as well as street entertainment.
Located on West Pier and Commercial Wharf, The Transat bakerly Race Village will be open from Friday 29 April until Monday 2 May, 10am to 5pm daily. As well as hosting a number of sailing themed stalls, including the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, visitors will get the chance to find out more about this transatlantic spectacular. Visitors can also take part in a “Get Your Kit On” competition with a chance to win great prizes.
The Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival will take place in The Barbican on Saturday 30 April: 12pm to 10.30pm, Sunday 1 May: 12pm to 5pm and Monday 2 May: 12pm to 5pm. Live music will include performances from The Hottentot Figs, The UK Meltones, Bad Knees Blues Band, Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Ben Robey and Redhouse. A full line up can be found here
Residents and visitors will also be able to enjoy a fireworks display due to be set off from the Plymouth waterfront at approximately 9.15pm on Saturday 30 April.
On Sunday 1 May at 2pm an air display will run for approximately 30 minutes and will feature the Extra 300 unlimited solo aerobatics, the Brietling Wingwalking Team and the Red Devils Parachute Regiment parachute display team. Best viewing spots will be from Maderia Road and Hoe Road.
The Transat race will commence at 2.30pm on Monday 2 May and the boats, along with their solo skippers, start their 3,000 gruelling mile voyage to New York.
What is The Transat?
The Transat is the oldest and first solo Transatlantic race to be created, the first edition starting from Plymouth in 1960, and is now one of the most important events in the professional racing calendar. Blondie Hasler, the founder of the Transat in 1960, spelt out a simple vision for this now historic race - “one man, one boat, the ocean.”
But while the principle behind the race remains the same, a new generation of ocean racing machines sees a classic reborn in 2016. Giant Ultimes, flying Multi50s, powerful IMOCA60s and hardy Class40s, helmed by some of the world’s finest solo sailors, could make for one of the fastest crossings yet.
This year’s race has attracted a star-studded line up of offshore greats, from the likes of Vendée Globe competitors Sébastien Josse and Armel Le Cléac’h in the IMOCA60, to Transat Jacques Vabre winner Erwan Le Roux and Route du Rhum winner Thomas Coville on the flying multihulls and seasoned offshore competitors Miranda Merron and Thibaut Vauchel in the Class40.
Between the two cities, competitors will be alone faced with the towering waves of the Atlantic, blinding fog, ferocious winds and the danger of ice drifting down from the Arctic. The fleet will spend anywhere between eight and 18 days at sea, dependent on the boat. Racing upwind for the majority of the race, The Transat will be a hard slog for the skippers. Frequent rest, good nutrition and staying hydrated will be key to staving off fatigue and staying in the game.
For more information about The Transat bakerly and to see which skippers are competing visit www.thetransat.com.
Schedule of events
Boats arrive 24 April: 9am Ultimes, 9.30am Imoca 60s & Multi50s,11am Class40s
Boats moored at Marina’s 24 April to 2 May
(Plymouth Yacht Haven & Sutton Harbour Marina)
Race village 29 April to 2 May: 10am to 5pm
(West Pier and Commercial Wharf)
Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival 30 April: 12pm to 10.30pm,
1 May: 12pm to 5pm
2 May: 12pm to 5pm
Firework Display 30 April: 9.15pm
(10-15 minutes, The Barbican)
Air Display 1 May
Extra 300 unlimited solo aerobatics 2pm
Brietling Wingwalking Team 2.10pm
Red Devils Parachute Regiment 2.30pm
Boats leave 2 May: 2.30pm
The following road closures will take place during the event:
Basket Ope from the junction of Notte Street from 7am on 29 April to 6pm on 3 May 2016. Access for taxis and resident permit parking available.
Southside Street from 13.30pm - 17.30pm on the 30 April, 1 May and 2 May. Resident egress via New Street. Diversion routes: Hoe Approach, Citadel Road and Lambhay Hill.