Charleston named finish city for historic transatlantic sailing race

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The world’s oldest solo ocean sailing race will finish in Charleston next year for the first time ever.

Called “The Transat," the race is 3,500 miles beginning in the Brittany region of France in May 2020. Sailors will then arrive in Charleston to coincide with the city’s 350th anniversary.

“As we commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of our city, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Charleston’s rich maritime history than to serve as the finish city of the historic The Transat race," City of Charleston 350th Celebration Steering Committee Chair A. Peter Shahid, Jr. said. "We look forward to hosting this world-class event here next year.”

When the race began in 1960, it took the winner 40 days to cross the Atlantic ocean. Now, the world’s best sailors can take as little as eight days. Roughly 40 participants are expected at the starting line next year.

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