This weekend saw not one but two high profile racing events head into Solent waters. The America’s Cup World Series came to Portsmouth in not so ideal weather, and the Transatlantic Race crews spent the weekend relaxing and preparing their yachts after a gruelling Atlantic crossing.
The America’s Cup is the oldest international trophy in world sport, pre-dating the modern Olympics, and Sir Ben Ainslie hopes to bring it home. With the 25th America’s Cup taking place in Bermuda in 2017, the action came to Portsmouth this weekend for the first of many test events, and local team Land Rover BAR proved they already have what it takes to compete.
The Transatlantic Race wasn't far behind with the first race organised in 1866. After a revamp in 2011 by the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron, this year the race saw over 30 yachts set sail from Rhode Island with the sole aim of crossing the finish line at Lizard Point as quickly as possible. Many of the yachts then sailed straight to Cowes in a Coastal Race before Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet later in August.
Craig Stanbury, Operations Director Peters & May commented: “It’s been a brilliant weekend for yacht racing on the South Coast, and despite the weather, Land Rover BAR pulled out all the stops to show the rest of the America’s Cup fleet what they're made of.”
He continues: “Having spent a couple of weeks out in Rhode Island arranging the required logistics for the start of the Transatlantic Race, it was brilliant to see most of them arrive safely in Cowes, with only a few yachts being forced to retire. The teams’ kit has now returned from the US, and they are either preparing for their next regattas, or getting ready to head home after a truly spectacular race.”
Peters & May hosted a welcome reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron, and attended the awards ceremony where Lucky took home the IRC Overall position, closely followed by Outsider and Mariette of 1915. In one of the hottest contests of the season, Rambler also beat Comanche in a corrected time of just under 5 hours in IRC Class 1. You can find a full breakdown of the podium positions here.