NYYC Transatlantic Race 2025

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5 days of boat prep / training, 24-36 days sailing
Availability : 13th June - Mid July 2025
Newport, Rhode Island
Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 12
Race Details
The NYYC Transatlantic Race 2025 will commence from Newport, RI, on Wednesday, 18 June 2025, with a destination on the southern coast of England. A virtual gate near Lizard Point will provide teams with the opportunity to challenge the course record for this historic route, though the official finish line will be at the Royal Yacht Squadron’s waterfront castle in Cowes, England.

The Transatlantic Race 2025 continues the legacy of the first significant transatlantic ocean race, which began in New York Harbour on 11 December 1866. This course is less frequently raced than shorter offshore tracks, making the 2025 event the 32nd transatlantic race organised by the New York Yacht Club. The challenging nature of the journey from the United States to the UK, often encountering at least one major storm, makes simply completing the race one of sailing’s most prestigious achievements.

Though Sail Racing Academy is all for everyone enjoying themselves, safety remains our top priority. We require anyone interested in this trip to have a phone conversation with one of our team members to discuss expectations. We also recommend crew members take a sea survival course. 

Departure & Return Location

Unless having arrived with the boat, the crew will meet in Newport, Rhode Island and will disembark in Cowes, UK or Hamble, UK. The nearest international airport to Newport is the Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD). After Prize Giving in Cowes, we’ll likely be sailing to Hamble. You’re welcome to take the ferry or sail back with us. The nearest international airport is Southampton Airport (SOU), however, there are trains from Southampton to London where you’ll often find more convenient flights and travel options.

All travel to and from the airports is not covered by the race price.

Departure Time

We will depart Newport on 18th June 2025 with the starting gun.   

Price Includes

  • Race Entry
  • Yacht Charter
  • Accommodation on board (shared cabins)
  • Certified Professional Skipper
  • Basic Training
  • Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
  • Mooring Fees
  • Insurance for the yacht
  • Lifejacket
  • Personal locating beacon

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Meals offboard
  • Transfers airport-marina-airport
  • Shore based accommodation
  • Wet gear
  • Personal insurance
  • Provisioning (around £120)


  • T-Shirt with your national flag
  • Sail Racing Academy T-Shirt
What to Expect
  • No PassengersAlthough we are happy to provide sight seeing adventures, this experience is an Ocean race. You can expect to be actively involved in sailing the boat, there isn't any rail meat on our boats. Please expect the prep week to be hard work, getting a boat ready to cross an ocean is a huge undertaking, we can't do it without everyone pulling in the same direction, this is also a great opportunity to learn the systems onboard and bond with your fellow crew mates.
  • Racing across an oceanWe love sailing but for us racing adds that extra something special, working as a team, powered only by the wind, through squalls and becalmed weather, this extra challenge makes the arrival into St Lucia all that more rewarding.
  • Professional InstructionOur Skippers are experienced instructors that make every crew member feel welcome and tailor their delivery to the experience and style of the crew
  • Competitive boatAlthough the taking part is often fun, we believe the full experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other boats on the water with a view to win
  • High safety standardsMaintaining and equipping a yacht to a high standard is not an easy task. No expense is spared in ensuring the best equipment is selected and repairs are undertaken quickly and proficiently.

Sao Jorge joined our fleet in 2021, she is coded to Cat 0 (Can legally sail anywhere in the world) she meets the highest British yachting safety standards and carries the highest level of safety equipment, she’s not as competitive as Escapado having a smaller sail wardrobe and shallower keel, however, she is an excellent boat to learn on being incredibly stable, spacious and comfortable. She won the round Barbados race in 2022.

Sao Jorge


Please take into consideration when planning your trip that not all of the dates below have been confirmed. We may alter the training and preparation dates in the coming weeks. While the start of the race has been confirmed for June 18th, the expected arrival in Cowes is TBD. Email us directly if you’d like our advice on planning your return journey after the race. 

Days 1-5 - 13th-17th June 2025Boat Preparation & Training

Arrival. You will then have 4 days of boat preparation, seminars, training, and familiarisation of the boat and your fellow crewmates. There are usually plenty of opportunities to join in the local social activities put on by ARC to make new friends and get to know the competition during this time. Please bear in mind that all the boats on the dock will be taking part in the same activity of repairs, last-minute enhancements, provisioning, and tweaks and we are no different so please expect the first few days to be hard work.

Day 6 - 18th June 2025Official start to the Transatlantic Race

The Transatlantic Race begins.

This is a great opportunity to gain considerable miles towards qualifying for the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification.

TBDOfficial end of the race

The expected arrival in Cowes and finish of race is TBD. We will update this page when we have more information from the race organisers. 

TBDPrize Giving Ceremony

A time of parties and celebrations.

The Prize Giving date is TBD. We will update this page when we have more information from the race organisers. 

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