More than forty sailboats are getting ready to compete in the historic Transatlantic Ocean Race in Newport. The official start of the race is this weekend.
The race stretches from Newport to South Cornwall, the southernmost point in England. The event is considered a classic competition, the first Transatlantic Race set off from Newport in 1866.
This year’s competitors include Sir Robert Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo around the world without stopping. At 76, Knox-Johnston says he thinks he’s got a good shot at success thanks to a strong team.
“I’ve actually got a very good crew,” said Knox-Johnston. “Consider that 200 people have now sailed around the world single handed. One and a half percent of them are going to be in my crew for this race.”
The 2,800 nautical mile race is expected to take several weeks to complete. The race was last held in 2011.
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