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RORC Transatlantic Race: Teams welcomed to Lanzarote

by RORC Press 21 Nov 08:43 PST 23 November 2019
Children from the sailing school at Real Club Náutico de Arrecife climbed on board Richard Palmer's JPK 10.10 Jangada. They asked questions about what it's like to race two handed across the Atlantic Ocean © RORC

Teams competing in the sixth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association, received a warm welcome to Lanzarote at a reception hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife. Founded in 1872, the prestigious yacht club is located at the heart of Lanzarote's capital city.

José Juan Calero, CEO of Calero Marinas, which is the family business hosting the fleet once again at Marina Lanzarote, was pleased to welcome back crews who have taken part in the race before, and those visiting the island and marina for the first time: "Firstly, thank you all on behalf of the Club and Calero Marinas for welcoming on board the sailing school children from the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife. As our future ocean sailors, it was a fantastic experience for them to visit the boats, have a look on board and talk to you about the race."

"My team at Calero Marinas are here to help you with your preparations for crossing one of the biggest oceans in the world and we hope you enjoy your stay in Lanzarote," continued José Juan. "We receive more than 3,000 sailors every year, setting off to cross the Atlantic from the Canary Islands. Most of them sail to the Caribbean in a large group for safety, but very few decide to race. You are part of this relatively small, elite group and we respect you a lot. We at Calero Marinas love sailing and we wish you good winds and a great race to Grenada."

Welcoming teams to his club, where delicious tapas and drinks were served, Julio Romero, President of the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife said: "The yacht club has 160 years of history and we'd like to welcome you all. We are very pleased to be part of the RORC Transatlantic Race and hope you have a very good time before you embark on your transatlantic race."

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