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Ocean racers begin 3000m Transat Bakerly journey from Plymouth to New York

Transat Bakerly in Plymouth - solo race across the Atlantic - next stop New York. Photo: ITV West Country

This Bank Holiday Monday, some of the world's fastest ocean-racing yachts set off from Plymouth on the Transat Bakerly race.

25 boats will tackle the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

The record for the solo crossing, against the prevailing winds, is just over 8 days. But will it be beaten?

Rain in Plymouth didn't stop the crowds. Credit: ITV West Country

This is the mammoth journey the sailors are taking, each manning their own boats.

The race course! Credit: Transat

The race got underway when the late Eric Tabarly’s wife, Jacqueline Tabarly, fired the start gun from aboard Navy frigate HMS Kent.

THE RACE IN NUMBERS

23
male skippers
2
female skippers
13
past winners
24hr
Saint-Malo warm up
3000m
length of the race

It's taken about a year for us to organise this event and to see the boats start was a great achievement.

We've got two women in the race which is great. Solo racing is an event when men and women can compete each other and go head to head.

I'll be flying to New York in a few days to oversee the first boats that cross the finish line.

– HERVE FAVRE, EVENT ORGANISER

The boats will be tracked throughout their journey from Plymouth to NYC.

Catch up on all the day's action here.

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