The crews were introduced at the Gala Dinner, Amura Restaurant, Puerto Calero - photo RORC/James Mitchell
Photos from Gala Dinner in RORC Photo Gallery HERE: http://gallery.rorc.org/v/2016/RORC+Transatlantic+Race+2016/
With two nights to go until the start of the race, crews enjoyed a wonderful dinner yesterday evening at the RORC Transatlantic Race Gala Dinner. Held at one of Lanzarote's finest restaurants, around 140 crews from every yacht in the race enjoyed a three-course supper with fine wines at Amura Restaurant in Puerto Calero, courtesy of our hosts in Lanzarote, Calero Marinas and the Calero Family.
RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott, introduced Michael Boyd, Commodore of Royal Ocean Racing Club who had news about the future of the race:
"This evening we are the fortunate guests of José Juan Calero and his family who have provided wonderful hospitality to all the skippers, crews and the Royal Ocean Racing Club since the initiation of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Without them the race would simply not take place. On this side of the Atlantic we have the support of the Canary Islands and Lanzarote Government and Tourist Boards, and on the other side, the support of the Government of Grenada and Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, as well as Westerhall Rums. The RORC is very grateful to all of these partners.
"You will all be setting off on an exciting adventure this Saturday and we wish you great success and good fortune in the race. This year we are combining the race with the RORC Caribbean 600 for a special prize; the RORC Caribbean Series Trophy for the best combined result. We expect a record entry for the ninth edition of what is known as the Caribbean Fastnet, as 45 yachts have already signed up, three months before the start."
"We would love to see you all back for next year's RORC Transatlantic Race which will leave from Lanzarote, but it will finish at a new destination. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has asked us to celebrate with them their 50th anniversary and the race will go to YCCS Caribbean Clubhouse in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands just for one year before returning to the wonderful spice island of Grenada."
The crew of Path enjoying the Gala Dinner at Amura Restaurant, Puerto Calero - photo RORC/James Mitchell