Team No Way Back’s latest generation IMOCA 60, with skipper Pieter Heerema enjoying Lanzarote’s first-class sailing conditions during a training period prior to the Calero Marinas Solo Transat qualifier for the Vendée Globe.
After major strengthening and upgrading Works performed in Lorient, No Way Back was launched mid February. Thanks to a fantastic effort of its shore team, the yacht left chilly Lorient just a few days later, heading southwards towards the sunshine in Lanzarote. Many days of training have already been clocked up in beautiful sailing conditions with the shore team is working flat out in between to further optimise the boat at their base in Puerto Calero.
Over the years, many teams whether open keel boats, Olympic dinghies or Volvos, have succesfully based their winter campaigns at welcoming Puerto Calero where ideal climatic conditions favour both race training and boat maintenance.
No Way Back is presently preparing for the Calero Marinas Solo Transat, starting April 9th, from Lanzarote to Newport, RI, USA and will subsequently take part in the New York-Vendée race back to Europe.
Skipper Pieter Heerema commented:
“Although Lanzarote is in miles further away from central Europe it takes me the same time to fly to Lanzarote as to travel to somewhere in Brittany, and without tidal restrictions affecting water depth, or cold or bad weather, this set-up in Puerto Calero ensures maximum efficiency for training. And the reception in any of the Calero Marinas is unsurpassed; they are racing sailors themselves and know what we need. This is absolutely the perfect training base”
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