Grenada crests the ocean wave, signing four-year contract with Royal Ocean Racing Club and Camper & Nicholsons

Monday, 13 November 2017



Pure Grenada to host the finish of RORC Transatlantic Race until 2020


L to R: Francine Stewart, Marketing Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority; Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive, Royal Ocean Racing Club; Patricia Maher, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority and Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Michael Boyd © Phil Gammon/GTA


Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean has signed an agreement with The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Limited to host the finish of the prestigious transatlantic yacht race for the next four years. Competitors will depart from Calero Marinas Marina Lanzarote to tackle 2,995 nautical miles before arriving at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada, with this year's start date confirmed for Saturday 25 November.


RORC is an exclusive yacht club with 4,100 members and the world's premier organiser of racing for offshore yachts. This year is the fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race - an annual event organised in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA). Twenty-two entries, with crews from around the world will be racing in a diverse range of boats from 10m (33ft) to 30.5m (100ft).


Pure Grenada CEO, Patricia Maher said: "Grenada is delighted to welcome one of the world's most prestigious yacht races to our shores, a move that confirms the stature of our yachting infrastructure and tourism attractions. Racing teams, yacht owners and their supporters will all enjoy a very warm welcome in Grenada over the coming years and can find plenty of ways to celebrate, from rum tasting and fine dining, to our cultural experiences, verdant rainforest and beautiful white sandy beaches."


RORC Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen said: "We are delighted that Grenada want to host the finish of our Transatlantic Race for the next four years. This year will be the fourth time we have finished in Grenada and the competitors receive a warm and friendly reception on arrival. Grenada is an ideal destination with fabulous facilities at the Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, and close by is the beautiful cruising ground of the Grenadine islands which is perfect for our sailors to explore at the end of the race."


General Manager of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Port Louis Marina Grenada, Glynn Thomas, comments: "Grenada and her waters offer an unspoilt cruising destination in the southern Caribbean and Port Louis Marina is the ideal base from which to explore the region. RORC attracts a great deal of publicity and creates a wonderful buzz of activity within the marina and for the whole island to enjoy. This is a fantastic event to be a part of and this Agreement reasserts Port Louis Marina and Grenada as a premiere global yachting destination."


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L to R: Francine Stewart, Marketing Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority; Laura Harrison Communications & Marketing Manager, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Limited; Sharon Bernstein, Director UK & Ireland, Grenada Tourism Authority, Michael Boyd, RORC Commodore,; Eddie Warden Owen, RORC Chief Executive;  Patricia Maher, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority; Lisa Braithwaite, Travel Trade & Community Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority
© Phil Gammon/GTA


Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada will welcome the RORC Transatlantic Race for the next four years


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RORC Media Enquiries:

Trish Jenkins, RORC Press Officer

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Rob Bates 

PR & Promotions Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority
M: +44 (0)7957 316491
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RORC Race Enquiries:

Royal Ocean Racing Club

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Royal Ocean Racing Club:

20 St James's Place

London SW1A 1NN

Tel: 020 7493 2248

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  • Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and the IRC European Championship (Includes the Commodores' Cup) in the Solent
  • The RORC works with other yacht clubs to promote their offshore races and provides marketing and organisational support. The RORC Caribbean 600, based in Antigua and the first offshore race in the Caribbean, has been an instant success. The 10th edition will take place in 2018. The RORC extended its organisational expertise by creating the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada, the first of which was in November 2014. This year, the RORC Transatlantic Race is part of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta
  • The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after a merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes, now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4,000
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  • The RORC has also been a leader in yacht handicap systems and in co-operation with the French offshore racing club, UNCL, created IRC - the principal yacht measurement system for the rating of racing yachts worldwide
  • The Spinlock IRC rating rule is administered jointly by the RORC Rating Office in Lymington, UK and UNCL Centre de Calcul in Paris, France
  • The RORC Rating Office is the technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and recognised globally as a centre of excellence for measurement
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  • The International Maxi Association (IMA) represents owners of Maxi yachts worldwide
  • Recognised in 2010 as the World Sailing international class of Maxi yachts, the IMA has the exclusive right to organise World championships for Maxi yachts. The current President of the IMA is Thomas Bscher, the Secretary General is Andrew McIrvine, also Admiral of the Royal Ocean Racing Club
  • The IMA has been closely associated with the RORC Transatlantic Race since its inception. The IMA is registered in Geneva, has a base in Porto Cervo and an office in the UK, for rating and technical matters. It has two affiliated classes (Maxi 72s, and J Class) and one associated class (Wally Class). The IMA's function is to 'guide, structure and encourage maxi yacht racing worldwide
  • The IMA rule defines and categorises maxi yachts: it aims to embrace all maxi yachts and encourage any development that has a positive effect on the construction and performance of maxi yachts'


  • The premium yachting destination in the Southern Caribbean. Grenada and The Grenadines are widely considered to be the most unspoilt cruising grounds in the Caribbean. Famed for its people's warm and gregarious hospitality the 'Spice Island' of Grenada has a varied topography of mountains, rainforests and waterfalls, fringed by icing sugar beaches and cooled by trade winds 
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  • Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is widely recognised to be one of the world's oldest and most prestigious yachting business names, with origins dating back to 1782
  • The company has specialised in marina and waterfront development for over 40 years and has provided services to clients in more than 25 countries worldwide. Projects range from small marinas through to developments of over 500 hectares
  • Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited, listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas currently operate marinas in Grenada, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey and the UK, with over 30 new projects currently under way all over the world
  • Owned and managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, Port Louis Marina has transformed Grenada's yachting facilities. Overlooking the historic capital St Georges and designed to reflect the traditional Creole architecture, the marina offers 159 berths, including 30 superyacht berths for vessels from 25m to 90m LOA, and up to 6m draft
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