Competitors from 23 teams taking part in the RORC Transatlantic Race enjoyed a celebratory gala dinner at Restaurant Amura in Puerto Calero prior to the start. Making the most of one of their last nights ashore, the wine and conversation flowed and crews were treated to a delicious five-course dinner, courtesy of Calero Marinas.
RORC Commodore Steven Anderson, who is competing in the race in his 50ft Bermudian cutter Gemervescence, thanked JJ Calero and all supporters of the race in Lanzarote: “All the boats are prepared and everybody is looking forward to the race. Thank you to the Calero family and the whole team at Calero Marinas. Also to the Canary Islands Government, Lanzarote Tourist Board, Arrecife Council and the Real Club Nautico de Arrecife for all that they have done to support the race, now in its 4th year. We have been made so very welcome, as always, and the RORC wishes all competitors a very good race. We look forward to seeing you at the end of the race in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada.”
Representing the Hamburg yacht club - Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) and the special westbound Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, Rear Commodore Walter Gross-Fengels made his thanks: “The NRV is celebrating our 150th anniversary next year and for that reason we planned this unique regatta. We would like to thank the RORC for their support and also take the opportunity of inviting all teams to register for the eastbound race from Bermuda to Hamburg, starting on July 8th, 2018. I wish you all a safe and successful race to the Caribbean.”
View the race gallery online at http://gallery.rorc.org/v/2017/rorc-transatlantic-race/