Bermuda To Germany Sailing Regatta In July

January 31, 2018

The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta is the first regatta series with two Atlantic Ocean races in both directions, with a 3500 nautical mile race from Bermuda to Hamburg, Germany serving as the second part of the series.

The first was completed in December with the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, and the final part of the race series will see the fleet race 3500 nautical miles from Bermuda to Hamburg, starting on 8th July 2018.


“The great attraction is to be racing on the ocean for so many days, and we have had good results rewarding our efforts, including two records and three fleet firsts,” commented George David.

“The NRV was the host club for Rambler 90s first transatlantic in 2007, and the club set a high bar for organization and hospitality, and we are confident of the same in 2018. The big challenge is keeping the boat together while still going fast. The best advice I can give newcomers to the race; be totally prepared for anything that may happen and sail safely.”

In three different yachts, all called Rambler, George David has raced west to east across the Atlantic on three occasions. In 2007, Rambler 90 took line honours in the HSH Nordbank Transatlantic [11d 16h 13m 59s].

In 2011, Rambler 100 took line honours in the Transatlantic Race, establishing a race record [6d 22h 08m 2s]. In 2015 Rambler 88 completed the Transatlantic Race winning IRC One [7d 16h 54m 46s]. This will be George David’s sixth transatlantic race in both directions.

Over 30 teams have expressed their interest to race from Bermuda to Hamburg, competing for Line Honours and under the IRC, ORC and ORCsy rating systems as well as one design Classes like IMOCA and Class 40.

Confirmed entries include top performers from the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race: Overall winner, Eric de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine. Winner of the ORC Division, Outsider skippered by Dr. Harald Brüning. Winner of IRC One, Hamburgische Verein Seefahrt’s Broader View Hamburg, and winner of the Class40 Division, Mathias Müller von Blumencron’s Red.

Last year Bermuda Tourism Authority said that two new sailing events will headline the 2018 Bermuda Sailing Calendar, with the BTA saying that the “Oyster Regatta Bermuda and Atlantic Anniversary Regatta – scheduled for May and July respectively – were inspired to add Bermuda legs as a result of the 35th America’s Cup.”

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