A multihull showdown is expected with three 70ft (21m) multihulls already confirmed for the RORC Transatlantic Race starting on January 8th, 2022 © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex/2021 Rolex Fastnet Race
Entry is still open for the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, starting from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands on Saturday January 8th, 2022.
In association with the International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Yacht Club de France, over 20 teams are expected to race the 3,000 mile course across the Atlantic Ocean to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada.
The race will feature three 70ft (21m) trimarans, with the strong possibility of Antoine Rabaste’s 80 ft (24m) Ultim'Emotion 2 also in action. The multihull record for the RORC Transatlantic Race was set in 2015 by Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo 3. Skippered by Britain’s Brian Thompson, Phaedo 3 completed the race in 5 days 22 hrs 46 mins 03 secs.
For the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, Brian Thompson will be racing on Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (USA). This will be Brian’s third RORC Transatlantic Race and having won with Phaedo 3 in 2016 - he has always been on the winning team.
“Both of the previous races have been exciting, with very close racing with Concise 10 (now PowerPlay) and Maserati,” commented Thompson. “The Atlantic is the holy grail for multihulls, but you know it is always going to be tricky at the start escaping the Canary Islands. The first night can be really intense; you have to treat it as a race to get into the trade winds. Someone might have a 10 mile lead at that point and strategically there are options. Often going north looks good on the routing but you can get boat breaking conditions. If there is good breeze south, it is the more traditional fast downwind route, not a boat breaker.”