Grenada new finish for AAR Westbound
Dear AAR competitors, skippers, crew-managers, dear sailors,
as you all witnessed the terrible devastation caused by the hurricanes “Irma” and “Maria” to the entire region of the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands we now can draw conclusions for the AAR.
After intensive consultations between the hosting yacht clubs RORC and YCCS it was decided to let the AAR Westbound (Canary Islands – Caribbean) finish off Grenada. Host port will be Port Louis Marina.
According to the experience of the RORC and the participants of past RORC transatlantic regattas, the Port Louis Marina, run by Camper & Nicholsons, is very well-kept and safe. The marina is situated in the south-west of the island.
The island of Grenada is a good starting-place to explore the beautiful southern arch of the Caribbean (cruising northwards with pleasant winds) in cruising mode, as well as taking part in well-organized regattas in the region.
The following route could be offered here:
• 16. Jan 2018: Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta
• 29. Januar 2018: Grenada Sailing Week
• 16 Februar: Antigua RORC Caribbean 600
• 29 April 2018: Antigua Sailing Week
• 09. Mai: Antigua Bermuda Race
Please also note the RORC information published on 22.09.2018:
RORC Information 22.09.2018
Atlantic Anniversary Regatta and RORC Transatlantic Race
Dear Competitor in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta and RORC Transatlantic Race
It is unfortunate that the recent Hurricanes have decimated the Virgin Islands making it impossible to take the race to the YCCS in Virgin Gorda. The RORC committee in consultation with the YCCS and NRV have decided to finish the race in Grenada.
Grenada has been the destination for the RORC Transatlantic Race for the last two years using the modern facilities provided by the Camper and Nicholson Port Louis Marina on the sheltered south west side of the island. The island is everything you would expect of a Caribbean destination; fabulous coral blue water, lush vegetation and a wonderful warm Caribbean welcome for every boat. Glyn Thomas is the manager of Port Louis Marina and runs a very well organised and beautiful marina which has all the facilities you would expect of a C & N marina. http://en.cnmarinas.com/port-louis-marina/
Please be assured that this part of the Caribbean is safe. The boats who have raced with us in the past have all had a great experience arriving in Grenada and all were pleasantly surprised by how warm and friendly all the local people were.
Next week we will send you more information about Grenada including the finish of the race, accommodation, and our deal with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
For more information please call the RORC Race Office +44 (0)1983 295144 or Arne Hirsch of the NRV +49 (0)40 7029 8595
Eddie Warden Owen
Royal Ocean Racing Club
20 St James’ Place, London SW1A 1NN
Tel +44 207 493 2248
We have made this decision by consensus and with the aim of establishing a reliable planning security for all participants. We are convinced that Grenada will serve the AAR participants with an equally warm welcome as well as a with a comfortable and professionally organized stay. We sincerely hope that the inconvenience will be solved and we are delighted to now embark on an Atlantic season with a good spirit and united forces which we will all remember for a long time.