Transatlantic Race 2019
The Transatlantic Race 2019 starts from Newport, Rhode Island, on 25th June and finishes off Cowes. With a course length of 2,960 nautical miles it makes this event one of the longest yacht races open to both professional and amateur sailors.
31st Transatlantic Race
It will be the 31st Transatlantic Race organised, at least in part, by the New York Yacht Club. The Transatlantic Race 2019 is organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.
A new addition to the 2019 race will be a doublehanded division. In 2015, a few entries in the 40-foot Class 40 division raced with just two sailors on board but they were scored among all the other entries.
The world's oldest most challenging of oceanic races
When the race starts on 25th June it will be the latest edition of the world's oldest, most respected and most challenging of oceanic races dating back more than a century and a half.
In 1866, just 15 years after a syndicate of its members famously won what would become the America's Cup, the New York Yacht Club ran its first Transatlantic Race. Three schooners entered – Fleetwing, Vesta and Henrietta, the latter owned by New York Herald heir James Gordon Bennett Jr. – for a prize purse of $90,000 (roughly $1.34 million in today's money). To ensure it was a true test of seamanship, it set sail from New York in mid-December.
Remarkably all three of these high-powered, inshore racers made it to the finish line off the Needles, though six hands lost their lives, washed off the deck of Fleetwing during a gale.
Last updated 3:32pm on 17 January 2019