Follow the adventure of our novice crew as they prepare to compete against touch racers on their first Atlantic Race.
The crew of novice sailors have challenged themselves to take part in a Trans-Atlantic yacht race in memory of their friend and to raise money for charity. This will be a first ocean crossing passage for the crew while at the same time facing the challenges of competing against touch racers in an ocean race. An adventure of a lifetime as the crew experience the rolling Atlantic swells, the squalls of rain & winds to 30kts gusts and the thrill of racing around the clock for 16 days. But is more than just racing, it’s about arriving in Saint Lucia, knowing you have achieved something amazing, with a support group through thick and thin, crossing an ocean on a small sailboat.
During the race the crew members will take part in every aspect of crewing the yacht including: setting, taking down and packing sails (including spinnakers), reefing, all manoeuvres, sail-trimming, keeping a lookout, steering, cooking and daily cleaning (including the heads!).
Follow the crew as they prepare for this epic sailing adventure to raise awareness of mental health and the prevention of young suicide.
The 2019 Race starts on Sunday 24th November 2019 in Las Palmas and finish between 8-14th December in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. A total of 2,700 nautical miles of open ocean. The race attracts over 200 boats and 1,200 people every year.
The Crew will sail onboard EH01, a Beneteau First 47.7 from Performance Yacht Racing based in Cowes. She boasts a full safety inventory for offshore racing to ISAF Cat 1 standard. The yacht will be skippered by a professional race skipper and 1st mate. In the 2018 ARC Racing Division the yacht finished 3rd in-class on corrected time.
Racing skipper Gareth from Performance Yacht Racing