In 1901 at Signal Hill, St.John’s, Guglielmo Marconi received the first wireless transmission ever made across the Atlantic. It came 1901 Nm from the Marconi Transmitter Station at Poldhu, just outside the port of Falmouth in the UK.
Marconi huddled over his equipment in Cabot Tower, struggled for hours but finally, through the background static, he managed to pick out the faint clicks of the Morse letter ‘S’ being sent from all the way from England. At that moment he ushered in a new era of wireless global communication and connectivity- effectively creating the very foundations of the data-dependent world we live in. This race celebrates his outstanding achievement.
The Marconi Transatlantic Voyage follows the path of that landmark transmission but this time we sprint East back to England from North America; back down the shortest possible route across the Atlantic, 1901 Nm on 60ft yachts. The crazy thing is you could be at the helm of one of them as on board Spartan Ocean R/T boats all the crew, do all the jobs, all the time. Good or bad. With 25+ knots boat speeds possible as these 60ft missiles leap clear of the cold Atlantic swells it’s sure to be the drive of your life.
The event leaves from a “start” line under Signal Hill in St.John’s, Newfoundland and finishes days later South of the Poldhu transmitter under the famous Lizard Lighthouse; 1901 Nm away in England. If you combine this event with the Newfoundland Screech you will receive a 10% discount.
Things You Should Know
What Is The Price?
The price is just 4810 CAD. That includes 3 days training, food & accommodation on the boat and a crew shirt. You just get yourself there and home.
What is Included?
- Food while on the boat
- Accommodation on the boat once training has begun based on availability
- 3 days of safety and sail training prior to the event
- Spartan crew shirt to wear onboard & keep
- Your dockage fees
- Damage waiver
What is not included?
- Travel to and from the boat
- Visa fees (if needed)
- On land food
- Travel insurance
The Marconi is a full Atlantic crossing of 1900 Nm but with the extra leg available from Lunenburg, NS- St.John’s, NL (600 Nm) the voyage can be extended to 2500 Nm making it perfect for RYA Yachtmaster qualification.
If time is an issue- fear not. The Marconi Transat may still be right for you. Including the training we provide & the travel you arrange to and from the event, this full Transatlantic event can still be completed in just 18 days. Beginning July 20th, 2022.
The price is 3500 EUR for this event. That includes your food whilst on the boat, accommodation on the boat once training has begun, 3 days of (safety) training, a day off & a crew shirt.