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Sutton Harbour

Plymouth Sound is a prime destination for world-class water sports events and championships, and as the city’s historic harbour, Sutton Harbour regularly welcomes vessels visiting the city to take part who berth in the harbour itself.

Sutton Harbour hosted some of the world’s top sailors when The Transat, the first and oldest single-handed trans-ocean race, departed from Plymouth on May 2nd 2016.

The Transat, from Plymouth to New York, tests sailors in the most challenging way possible, and is one of most prestigious events in international sailing.

Four classes of boats competed in the race, the fastest being the multi-hulls, and some of most exciting boats in world sailing berthed in Sutton Harbour’s own 5 Gold Anchor Marina from April 24th until May 2nd, 2016.

Visitors were able to see these amazing boats berthed close to the quayside in Quay Square, and there were a number of lively, family-friendly shoreside events going on during the event too, including an all-new music festival.

Plymouth previously hosted The Transat in 2008 and has previously staged many other high-profile, world-class sailing events including The Rolex Fastnet, the America’s Cup in 2011 and La Solitaire du Figaro, which visited Sutton Harbour for its 45th edition in 2014. This year we will also be hosting the SORC Round the Rock Race in July.

Local clubs run a number of race events each year, including the Winter Laser Series, MDL 1884 Series, the Plymouth Regatta each July, the Diana Princess of Wales Challenge Pursuit in August, Plymouth Gin Spring Yacht Series, and more.

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