Race Updates

  • Record Entry for 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race

    The canting keel maxi Comanche will be aiming to set a new race record in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race © ROLEX/Kurt Arrigo

    The canting keel maxi Comanche will be aiming to set a new race record in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race © ROLEX/Kurt Arrigo

    The Royal Ocean Racing Club, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Yacht Club de France, expect a record entry for the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race. From the mighty Comanche to the minuscule Jangada, 29 teams from all over the world make up an extraordinary entry list. A world class fleet of multihulls and monohulls are scheduled to start the RORC Transatlantic Race on the 8th of January 2022 from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.

    The 3,000 nautical-mile race across the Atlantic to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada, has two major prizes for the monohulls. The overall winner, after IRC time correction, will win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. The IMA Transatlantic Trophy will be awarded for Monohull Line Honours. The star-studded entry list of racing yachts includes teams from Austria, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States of America.

    The firm favourite for Monohull Line Honours is the 100 ft (33 m) canting keel maxi Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth. Comanche holds the Monohull West-East Transatlantic sailing record (Ambrose Light - Lizard Point. 5d 14h 21m 25s) and has taken Monohull Line Honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Transpac and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

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  • Multihull Showdown for 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race

    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

    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.”

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  • RORC and IMA collaborate with Yacht Club de France for Transatlantic Race

    RORC and IMA collaborate with Yacht Club de France for Transatlantic Race - The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race will start on 8th January from Lanzarote, Canary Islands to the Caribbean © James Mitchell

    RORC and IMA collaborate with Yacht Club de France for Transatlantic Race - The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race will start on 8th January from Lanzarote, Canary Islands to the Caribbean © James Mitchell

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    The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race will see a collaboration between two eminent yacht clubs; The Royal Ocean Racing Club and Yacht Club de France, as they team up for the next edition of the 3,000 nm (5,500km) race from Lanzarote, Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

    With an interest in expanding their programme of races, the Paris-based Yacht Club de France were keen to seek an alliance with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association to promote the already established RORC Transatlantic Race to its members and affiliated clubs. Modern IRC boats, as well as classic yachts will be invited to participate in the 8th edition of the annual race which has attracted previous entries from around the world to date.

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  • Palanad 3 win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy


    Overall winner of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race - Olivier Magre's French Class40 Palanad 3  © Ed Gifford/RORC

    Overall winner of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race - Olivier Magre's French Class40 Palanad 3 © Ed Gifford/RORC

    Congratulations to Olivier Magre and his crew on French Class40 Palanad 3 as the overall winner of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race. Palanad 3 has posted the best elapsed time under IRC to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Palanad 3 is the seventh winner of the antique sterling silver trophy and the first Class40 to do so. Antoine Carpentier’s Class40 Redman, also a Mach 40.4, was second overall under IRC.

    Listen to Luke Berry talking about using the RORC Transat as a training race before the start Here: https://youtu.be/Z5s9JInlC2U

    “I am so happy to have won overall; it is a magnificent trophy!” smiled Olivier Magre. “This is a perfect race for Class40 because it is relatively shorter than other transatlantic races and the timing is perfect to join other events such as the RORC Caribbean 600. I am sure that in the future if we have a number of Class40s it would be a beautiful race and we have the added attraction of challenging bigger boats as well. I think mixing Class40s with other boats under IRC is a good thing because it increases the challenge and the performance required.”

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  • Kai finishes 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race

    Tim & Mayumi Knight at the finish of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race in Antigua

    Tim & Mayumi Knight celebrate in Antigua after finishing the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race © Helen Spooner/RORC

    Tim and Mayumi Knight, racing Pogo 12.50 Kai, crossed the Antigua finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race at 13:50 UTC (30 January) in an elapsed time of 21 days, 2 hours, 50 mins and 07 secs. With all boats accounted for, the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race has come to an end. As Kai crossed the finish line outside Nelson’s Dockyard, Benedikt Clauberg’s Kali came out to greet them and guide them to their berth.

    “680 mile into the race we had a problem with the rig so we have been nursing the boat for 2,000 miles,” commented Tim Knight. “However, compared to the horrible time people have been having with the pandemic, we were in paradise. It was wonderful to see Kali when we finished and we had an amazing welcome in Falmouth Marina. Thank you so much to the RORC; Mayumi and I are very grateful, especially having Tim (Thubron) being so helpful throughout the race."

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