There is yet another exciting announcement about a 2020 event in Charleston, and this one involves the famed Transat race.
As I covered in that last blog, the dates of Spoleto 2020 have been set. It’ll host a new world premiere opera with a very special historical connection to Charleston. Read all about it here.
It’s no secret that 2020 will be an extraordinary year for Charleston. Why? Because 2020 will mark the 350th anniversary of the city’s founding.
Charleston was officially begun in 1670 – which means that the Holy City is more than a century older than the United States of America.
She’s looking pretty good for three and a half centuries, I must say!
Charleston: the Finish City for Transat 2020
In a special coup, the powers-that-be announced that Charleston is where Transat 2020 will conclude its historic race.
What exactly is the Transat?
Well, its tagline is: The North Atlantic Alone.
It’s the oldest solo ocean sailing race in the world. The name is short for The Transatlantic. Sailors will start in Brittany (Brest), France, on May 10th, 2020, in their quest to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
This 3,500 mile race will finish in Charleston in honor of our fair city’s 350th birthday.
The Transat began in 1960. In those early days, it would take sailors 40 days to complete the journey. Believe it or not, today’s top sailors using some of the best boats on earth can complete the race in just eight days.
It’s expected that around 40 of the world’s elite sailors will take part in Transat 2020.
Peter Shahid, Jr., chairman of the City of Charleston’s 350th Celebration Steering Committee, had this to say about Transat 2020:
“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. We look forward to hosting this world-class event here next year.”
Here’s the story from Live 5 News.
You can also read all about it at the official race website.
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