Around 25 of the best solo sailors will arrive in Plymouth at the end of April, as they prepare to take on the oldest solo Transatlantic race following the 3,000 mile route from Sutton Harbour in Plymouth to New York.
Visitors will flock to the city to welcome the sailors and to meet their teams of support between 9am and 11am on Sunday 24 April giving businesses a chance to make the most of the footfall. There will then be an opportunity to meet the teams over the weekend, find out what it takes to take on a race of this size and admire the boats themselves.
The world-class fleet will dock their boats at Plymouth Yacht Haven and Sutton Harbour Marina until the start of the race, from Plymouth to New York, on Monday 2 May at approximately 2.30pm.
The fact that the boats will be situated in Plymouth’s Waterfront during the busy May Bank Holiday weekend means that residents and visitors will be able to kick-back and relax in the bars and restaurants whilst enjoying a feast of entertainment on The Barbican and Sutton Harbour including a Race Village, a brand new Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival, air and firework displays as well as street entertainment. It will provide businesses with an even greater uplift in trade.
Located on West Pier and Commercial Wharf, The Transat bakerly Race Village will be open from Friday 29 April until Monday 2 May, 10am to 5pm daily. As well as hosting a number of sailing themed stalls, visitors will get the chance to find out more about this transatlantic spectacular.
The Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival will take place on the Barbican Parade on Saturday 30 April: 12pm to 10.30pm, Sunday 1 May: 12pm to 5pm and Monday 2 May: 12pm to 5pm. Live music will include performances from The Hottentot Figs, The UK Meltones, Bad Knees Blues Band, Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Ben Robey and Redhouse. More artists will be announced soon. There will also be Jazz music playing on Sutton Harbour's Quay Square over the weekend.
A celebratory 10 minute fireworks display will light up the skies over the Waterfront at approximately 9.15pm on Saturday 30 April. Best viewing spots will be from Madeira Road and Hoe Road.
On Sunday 1 May at 2pm the air display will run for approximately 30 minutes and will feature the Extra 300 unlimited solo aerobatics, the Brietling Wingwalking Team and the Red Devils Parachute Regiment parachute display team.
The Transat bakerly boasts an impressive line-up of world-class solo competitors ranging from offshore racing veterans and Vendée Globe winners to ambitious adventurers with a passion for the extreme.
In the build-up to The Transat regular news and detailed content about the race will be posted on social media and websites and all businesses are encouraged to share in ‘the buzz’ to increase footfall and encourage spend in bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. The following list should help you to engage with them - and then share the content across your own social media.
The Transat.com website has information on all competitors
The Twitter pages will include breaking news, interaction with the skippers, favourite quotes, best images, important announcements. Please share.