In January 2015, with your rental car in Martinique, you may have attended the arrival of sailing ships the Transat Classique Panerai?
It's a legendary race for old ships and classic yachts. On 7 January 2015, the start is given on the island of Lanzarote in the Canaries, with arrival in Fort de France in Martinique.
11 yachts are present to face the 3000 miles (about 5500 km) of Atlantic Ocean. The oldest boat in the race is the Adventuress, a wooden sailing schooner built in 1913 in Maine (USA).
The Bay of Fort-de-France was chosen for its beauty and its exceptional location. Before their arrival in the bay, crews must complete the tour of the island and go through the famous Diamond Rock ...
The winner in 2015 and the performances of the participants
On January 20, it's Stéphane Benfield with Altair, a gaff schooner and its 17 crew members who won the Panerai Transat Classique in Fort-de-France. 13 days, 2 hours and 30 minutes were enough for him! "A wonderful crossing with a lot of wind," said the winner.
Since Diamond Rock, the crew Altair offered the public an exceptional show and exhibited his talents Boatswain, maneuvers that are to hand and "old".
The Altair, old British rigging forty meters was built in 1931 by architect William Fife III. It is named after the brightest star in the constellation of the Eagle.
The second boat arrived Argyll, achieved an outstanding performance in that race by a peak 18.8 knots!
On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the last boat to cross the finish line is Desiderata and hospitality is worthy of that of a winner ... The next day in Fort de France Bay, audience and participants met for the last parade of all the old ships before departure.
Did you know ? The gaff schooner has Auric sails asymmetrical quadrangular shapes which always have the same edge to the wind.
If the next arrival of the Transat Classique Panerai again held in Fort de France (January 2016), already book your car rental in Martinique!