Twenty-five lone sailors are on their way to Tenerife on the first leg of a new single-handed transatlantic race for small boasts.
Twenty-five lone sailors are on their way to Tenerife on the first leg of a new single-handed transatlantic race for small boasts. The race began on Saturday (8 October) and will end in Antigua, hopefully just in time for Christmas.
SYNOPSIS: For over a week, the harbour at Penzance, in Southwest England, was filled with the tiny craft being made ready for the endurance test which will take them 4,500 miles...(about 7,200 km).
It has been called the "Poor man's transatlantic"...and there is no attractive prize money at the end. The winner will receive simply a statuette of an yacht at sea, carved from Scottish soapstone.
it will be a month before the boasts reach the first staging post...Tenerife..in vessels which until now hand been too small for transatlantic races. The maximum length for the boats is 21 feet...(six point five metres).
The French have by far the largest contingent entered in the race. They have 13 of the 25 entrants.
The French have certainly made the most of the new race. According to organisers, it was the answer to their prayers. They said there were very many Frenchmen with small boats which had always been too small for other single-handed races.