The 60-year-old transatlantic race will no longer begin in the United Kingdom after organisers of the event decided to move over to France. The Transat, which was first founded in 1960 by Herbert Hasler, is a 3500 nautical mile race that takes the racers through the Atlantic to the United States. The race takes place every four years, and had previous started in Plymouth and ended in various locations around the USA.
The upcoming 2020 event will be starting in Brest in northern Brittany as organisers hope to secure the future of the historic sailing race. Plymouth City Council had replied by saying that they were massively disappointed with the new location, stating that they had won a bid to host future races in 2017. Talking about the change, a council spokesperson said that two years of planning and a 60 year old tradition has been cast aside.
The Transat race claims to be the oldest single-handed transatlantic race ever, with some spending several weeks at sea as they battle to cross the Atlantic. Each of the previous editions of the race have begun in Plymouth and taken the racers to famous cities in the United States, such as Boston, Newport, and New York City. OC Sport, organisers of the event, said that they have been looking for new ways to secure the future of the Transat, and added that the French public were more engaged with sailing than the British.
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