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Historians argue as to whether the Vikings, an Irish Monk or others were the first to cross the Atlantic. Since the five-week voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, crossing the Atlantic, quickly and safely, from Europe has always been an important part of seafaring history. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Caribbean 600 is now in its seventh year and the RORC decided that a dedicated feeder race for the Caribbean's premier offshore event was required.
The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), started on Sunday 30 November from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada, West Indies, 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. An international fleet of yachts took part with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family.
For all the yachts the adventure started long before the start line. It takes months, sometimes years, for the dream of racing across the Atlantic to become a reality and many of the yachts sailed thousands of miles just to make Lanzarote. Derek Hatfield's Spirit of Adventure started their journey from the frozen shoreline of Novia Scotia 2,800 miles away, crossing the Atlantic to join the race. Marc Lepesqueux racing Class40 Sensation Class 40 should not have been in the race at all. After keel failure in the Route du Rhum, Marc sailed Sensation to Lanzarote and successfully completed the race with a novice crew from France. Yves and Isabelle Haudiquet racing Pogo 40, Bingo, was the only husband and wife team in the race completing their second Atlantic crossing together. Every team have their story from the race and their feelings and emotions have been captured in the race blog.