The RouteThe fleet is lining up for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR) which starts off Bermuda on July 8th 2018 to cross the Atlantic ocean. All competitors of the legendary Antigua Bermuda Race are invited to join the AAR fleet and make the passage to Europe combined to meet competition, safety and fun. Organizers will assist to transfer different ratings as easy as possible. Amongst other offshore bullets, like "Rambler88", "Teasing Machine", "Outsider" or "Varuna", "Malizia", Class 40s "RED2 and "Mariejo" or the TP52 "ROCKALL V" there will be a strong competition in the building fleet. The North Atlantic is expected to deliver prime- conditions for offshore sailing.

The crews will be battling their way through the Atlantic playground, leading the yachts from Bermu- da to Germany. Once they crossed the finish-line off Cuxhaven, a massive welcome by the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein (NRV) awaits the crews. The AAR celebrates the 150th anniversary of the NRV, so all competitors can expect a well setup up reception and some great days of celebration in Hamburg. The AAR itself will start on 8th of July 2018 in the crystal clear waters off Bermu- da, leading the competitors through a time-gate south of England to compete for the official speed record (Bermuda - The Lizard), follow the Channel and finish at Cuxhaven, the entrance of river Elbe. All yachts will be welcomed at Hamburg, directly in the heart of the vibrant maritime "Hansestadt", where a public race village will be the platform for events, hospitality and tremendous presence in direct vicinity of the new sight-seeing highlight, the "Elbphilharmonie", attracting thousands of spectators.

With the race village being located in the very centre of one of Germanys biggest cities the race village provides a unique op- portunity for teams to showcase their yachts and sponsors to a wide crowd, journalists and spectators.

The AAR enables all participants to compete for the World Sailing Speed Record Council's speed-record for the fastest passage between Bermuda and the Lizard. The current re- cord was established in June 2017 by Class 40 "Talanta" with an elapsed time of 13 days, 5 hours, 19 minutes and 38 seconds.

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