The Transat finish to be in Brooklyn

New marina in Brooklyn to host arrives in next year's singlehanded race

Friday October 30th 2015, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

The Transat, which as the OSTAR was the first and oldest singlehanded transoceanic race, is returning to New York City on the course on which it was first run back in 1960. Finishers in the 2016 event will berth at the new ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina.

The marina, an Official Host Venue Partner to the race alongside Plymouth, is located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park opposite Manhattan. It’s the newest marina to be built in New York City and is currently under construction with a grand opening set for Spring 2016 to be marked by the return of The Transat

“We are thrilled to kick off our grand opening season by hosting the finish of this iconic and historic sailing race,” said Arthur Tay, Chairman of SUTL Group, the majority owner of the Brooklyn marina and the visionary behind the ONE°15 Marina brand. “Our goal in designing this marina was to offer an unparalleled level of access to the water for the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers, and boating enthusiasts from around the globe. The prestigious Transat race will certainly bring a wide audience to the waterfront in Brooklyn and solidify its place as a sought-after international sailing destination.”

Hervé Favre, The Transat’s Event Director added: “We are extremely happy to announce ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina as our Host Venue Partner for The Transat’s exciting finish. The marina will have many promising features, but a key one for us, as organisers, is that the entire fleet will be able to stay together in one place, which I believe is unprecedented in New York for a multi classes event including giant multihulls. This is a game-changer for New York Harbour, and I believe The Transat will be the first of many races to come to this state-of-the art marina."

The Transat is scheduled to leave Plymouth on 2 May with ONEº15 Brooklyn Marina expecting the first boat around 9 May. There are four classes of boats in the race, the fastest of which are some of the most spectacular multihulls in world sailing.

The race has not visited New York since its first year in 1960 and makes it first triumphant return to the city at this new state-of-the-art marina. ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina is ideally located between Piers 4 and 5 in the lush and beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85‐acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. The creation of the marina furthers the Park’s mission of making the waterfront more accessible to the public.

Four classes are set to be on the start line of The Transat - IMOCA 60, Class 40, Multi 50 and the Ultimes (ie multihulls of 60ft or more)

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