So writes the times. For the very first and therefore the oldest single transatlantic regatta Transat lips, CEO of OC Sport (which owns the rights to host the contest) Herve favr announced that the next – anniversary – transatlantic race 2020 starts not in Plymouth as all these years, and Brest in the North of Brittany.
“We are very glad to cooperate with the Brest for Transat’and together with the city share a strong desire to continue the development of the race like in 2020 and beyond.
Of such regattas as the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, we saw how the French public are passionate about ocean sailing: we had more than two million visitors to the race village. Start performance in Brest is a real opportunity for our sponsors and teams to capitalize on this valuable audience, and we expect that this launch will open many new commercial opportunities which are necessary to maintain the longevity of the race. I would like to thank Plymouth for their support of the regatta up to this point”.
As they say, “thanks, we’ll take it”.
“Two years of planning and a tradition spanning nearly 60 years of holding this race was abandoned,” – said the representative of the Council of a broadcasting company BBC, adding that the Plymouth was “extremely disappointed by this decision.”
Finish the port of the 3500-mile ocean distance does not change – it remains new York.