The sun sets over Marina Lanzarote the night before the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo RORC/James Mitchell
Today (Saturday 26 November), 14 yachts from 40-112ft (12-34m) will take the start of the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote, Canary Islands headed for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina on the spice island of Grenada, Caribbean; some 2,865 nautical miles across the Atlantic.
Competitors from 20 different nations will line up for the start at midday (1200 GMT) off Marina Lanzarote where the fleet have been generously hosted by Calero Marinas for the past week. The IRC classes and Class40s are scheduled to start at 1200 GMT, followed 10 minutes later by the two MOD70s; Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo and Giovanni Soldini's Italian Maserati, making an impressive sight for the spectators on and off the water as the fleet heads to the turning mark off Puerto Calero Marina and between the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to the south. The fleet must then pass Tenerife before venturing into the Atlantic to finish outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada.
Tracking the fleet: All yachts are fitted with YB Trackers. To follow the yachts as they race across the Atlantic visit: http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/tracking/2016-fleet-tracking.html
Social Media: Stories, pictures and videos will be found on the RORC social media channels.
Teams with satellite connection will be blogging stories, pictures and video telling the story of their race on this website.
We wish all the competitors a fast and safe passage across the Atlantic Ocean and look forward to watching the race unfold.
Marina Lanzarote, the perfect place to prepare for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo RORC/James Mitchell