The New York Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, announce the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011, in concert with the following clubs: Royal Malta Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Montego Bay Yacht Club, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, Jamaica Yachting Association, Antigua Yacht Club and Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo
There will be seven races. Three races, including the Transatlantic Race 2011, will be required to qualify. Races will be weighted equally at 1.0 with the exception of the Transatlantic Race 2011 which will be weighted 1.5. Cox-Sprague points will be awarded within individual races in the series to accommodate differences in fleet sizes. A yacht will be scored in the series using its two best finishes in addition to the Transatlantic Race 2011.
The seven qualifying races and their starting dates are:
|Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race||February 5, 2011|
|RORC Caribbean 600||February 21, 2011|
|Annapolis to Newport Race||June 3, 2011|
|Transatlantic Race 2011||June 26 through July 3, 2011|
|Rolex Fastnet Race||August 14, 2011|
|Biscay Race||September 11 - 12, 2011|
|Rolex Middle Sea Race||October 22, 2011|
Participation in each qualifying race will be subject to NOR and Sailing Instructions as established by that race's sponsoring yacht club or clubs.
Participating yacht clubs will include sponsoring yacht clubs for each of the seven qualifying races. These clubs and their burgees are included here. Yacht clubs may enter teams and will accordingly be included as participating yacht clubs.
Prizes will be awarded for individual and team entries and will be suitable for a series of this magnitude. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the overall winner.