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  • Bingo crossing the finish line in the RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - photo RORC/Arthur Daniel & Orlando K RomainRace Update - 17th December PM

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    Yves and Isabelle Haudiquet's French Pogo 40, Bingo crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 17:35:31 UTC on Wednesday 17th December 2014 with an elapsed time of 17 days, 07 hours, 35 minutes and 31 seconds.

    Isabelle Haudiquet was on the helm as the bright yellow hull blasted through the finish line. Having safely moored Bingo after 17 days at sea, the French crew enjoyed a cold beer dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.

    “For me to sail with three men in a boat is normal, we have sailed together so many times, so the atmosphere on board is no different, even when we cross an ocean. We are an agreeable crew, we eat together, sail together and laugh together. This is my second Transatlantic with Bingo but the first time from east to west and it was very different, sailing from Lanzarote to Grenada is far easier than the other way!”

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  • Frank Lang and his crew arrive in Camper Nicholsons marina in Grenada at the finish of the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo RORC/Arthur Daniel & Orlando K RomainRace Update - 17th December 2014

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    Frank Lang's X 40, Optim'X crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 05:17:31 UTC on Wednesday 17th December 2014 with an elapsed time of 16 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds.

    As with every yacht participating in the race, staff from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina greeted the French team on arrival with warm congratulations, a cold beer and a welcome basket from the Grenadian Tourism Association on behalf of the people of Grenada.

    The crew of five looked tired after nearly 17 days at sea and over 3,000 miles of racing, but owner Frank Lang was full of praise for his crew and the yacht that had looked after them so well during the Atlantic crossing: “I was born in La Baule and it is a town famous for sailing. It is in my blood, but this journey has been full of surprises. During a period of strong wind, when we had 30 maybe 35 knots, we sailed 248 miles in 24 hours, averaging over 10 knots which is a very fast speed for Optim'X. It is the fastest that the boat has ever been, but for the last three days of the race, we have had very light winds, which has made it a long race for us. The finish was hard with no wind as we arrived. We were tacking continuously, looking for that last breath of wind.

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  • Nigel Passmore and the crew of Apollo 7 celebrate finishing. Photo: RORC/Arthur Daniel and Orlando K Romain

    Nigel Passmore's British J/133, Apollo 7, crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 18:45:15 UTC on Monday 15th December 2014 with an elapsed time of 15 days, 08 hours, 45 minutes and 15 seconds.

    After time correction, Apollo 7 is leading IRC Two. Nigel's team included three close friends from his home town of Plymouth, Devon: Steve Wassel, James Slater and Mark Davies. Also on board were two offshore specialists: Dan Gohl, a past Class40 world champion, and Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Record holder, Brett Aarons, who won class in the Rolex Fastnet Race with Nigel Passmore on another yacht.

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  • The crew celebrate their achievement at the finish of the race in Grenada. Credit: RORC/Arthur Daniel and Orlando K Romain

    RORC Transatlantic Race Update 15th December

    Derek Hatfield's Volvo 60, Spirit of Adventure, crossed the finish line of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race, off Quarantine Point, Grenada at 09:47:16 UTC on Monday 15th December 2014 with an elapsed time of 14 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds.

    The Spirit of Adventure crew of 15 were met dockside by representatives of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and well wishers at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. After enjoying an ice cold beer, the first cold drink for two weeks, the crew cleared customs and headed for the Victory Bar for eggs and bacon.

    “Racing across an ocean makes you realise the important things in life. I could have just taken a cruise liner and enjoyed fine food and a brandy after dinner but that isn't a challenge. This has certainly been a challenge, an accomplishment that I will always look back on, something that re-adjusts your perspective on everyday life and I must say eggs and bacon are a damn fine idea right now!” Axel Hussel, Spirit of Adventure crew.

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