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New trans-Atlantic race announced

The Transatlantic Race 2011 and the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011 were recently announced by their organizers: the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron, in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.

The Transatlantic Race, from Newport, R.I., to the Lizard, west of Plymouth, England, will offer staggered starts from June 26 through July 3, 2011 and is for Racing, Racing/Cruising and Classic monohull yachts with a minimum length overall of 40 feet. The minimum crew number is four. There are no maximums.

A separate class for racer/cruisers will be offered for superyachts with LOA greater than 100 feet. Other class assignments will be determined by the yachts that are participating. The Transatlantic Race 2011 is principally for yachts rated under IRC, but level-racing classes such as Volvo 70, IMOCA 60 and Class 40 may be included at the discretion of the organizing yacht clubs.

The New York Yacht Club at its Harbour Court Clubhouse in Newport, R.I., and the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England will welcome participating yachts at scheduled events on departure and arrival

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