The Transat 2008 will run from a British port to a North American port, in May 2008. A number of city bids are under consideration, and in particular in Great Britain the shortlist has been narrowed down to two - including Plymouth, the city from which the race has started ever since Sir Winston CHURCHILL agreed to host the race as Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club. 'We have been very pleased with the response to our tender document. The quality of city bids returned has been excellent and as a result we have had to extend the decision date for the host start city but a decision will be made before the 1 May to allow us complete the evaluation work,' commented John MCKENNA, Commercial Director from OC Events.
The Transat is known for its demands on both the skipper and their boats as they race against the prevailing winds across the North Atlantic which, even in early summer, can propel huge storms and gale force winds into the paths of the competing boats. Then as the fleet close on the Newfoundland coast, the threat of icebergs becomes a reality making the final section of this 2,800-mile race a stressful one for the skippers who are already in a state of mental and physical exhaustion.
As it has always done, the Transat 2008 will see the very best of the worlds ocean racing skippers competing. The Notice of Race will be published in May, defining the other invited classes, exact course, dates and conditions. The Transat was 'saved' by OC Events in 2004, but in 2008 is set to be restored to its former glory as 'the' original transatlantic race, the toughest of them all - the North Atlantic Alone.