Glynn Thomas, General Manager at Port Louis Marina and his team are ready for the first arrivals of the yachts taking part in the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race.
Two magnificent Maxi Yachts, Lupa of London and Windfall, are expected to arrive at Port Louis Marina tomorrow morning (Thursday). As this is the inaugural race, the winner will set a race record for the 2,995 nautical mile RORC Transatlantic Race.
“This race is going to help put Port Louis and Grenada on the map as a yachting destination,” commented Glynn Thomas. “It is really important that Grenada supports this event as yachting in Grenada has become a bigger and bigger income generator for the country, and we are delighted to be working with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Grenada Tourism Authority for the first Transatlantic Race to come to Grenada.
“This race is a step-up for the team at Port Louis. We are more used to cruising boats coming in during the day with sailors that are on holiday, rather than race boats that haven’t seen land for 3,000 miles. For the RORC Transatlantic Race we have planned for Maxi racing yachts that might be coming in at night with very tired sailors. We will still keep the standard of welcome that all our guests receive; regardless of what time they arrive. All of the staff are talking about the race and they are keen to see the boats come in and give them a Port Louis welcome that they will appreciate.”
The remaining yachts, which are from all over the world, are expected to arrive in Grenada over the coming week. All of the yachts have satellite trackers. For stories and pictures visit the RORC Transatlantic Website.
The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), started on Sunday 30 December 1000 UTC from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Grenada, West Indies, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.