The city wins the bid for the race start continuing the tradition started in 1960 17/8/07
After being short listed by The Transat race organiser, OC Events Ltd as one of two UK cities bidding for the start of The Transat 2008, Plymouth has succeeded in defeating the close competition to retain this most historic of ocean yacht races formerly known as the OSTAR.
The Transat, which has started from Plymouth ever since the inaugural race in 1960 when Sir Francis Chichester won the event in just over 40 days, has become synonymous with the city. Steeped in maritime history, The Transat, referred to as the toughest of them all, is known for its demands on both skipper and boat as they race solo, against the prevailing winds across the North Atlantic to America.
John McKenna, Commercial Director of OC Events comments: “OC Events took on running this classic race in 2004 without full title sponsorship and no real support structure in place. It is great to be in this position now that will see The Transat 2008 event supported by Plymouth and her partners ensuring this race will grow in stature.”
Plymouth’s successful bid to host the start of The Transat 2008 has been led by Plymouth based Ocean Yachtsman, Conrad Humphreys and backed by the Sutton Harbour Group, the South West Regional Development Agency and Plymouth City Council, all of whom have been key to the success of Plymouth’s bid.
Central to winning the bid was the decision to bring the race into the heart of the city at Sutton Harbour, which will be achieved by building a race village around the Barbican. This will be open to the public free of charge over a 10 day period running up to the start of the Race, on 11 May 2008. The spectacular fleet of yachts that will participate in The Transat 2008 will be moored at Sutton Harbour, creating a spectacular interactive venue for everyone to enjoy.