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  • MOD 70, Concise 10 flying around the Isle of Wight - photo Mark LloydA highly varied fleet with fascinating competitors will set off on 28th November from Lanzarote - the most eastern island in the Canary Islands chain - bound for the island of Grenada in the Caribbean in the RORC Transatlantic Race organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The International Maxi Association.
    Two MOD 70s will be locking horns in the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race, aiming for line honours and victory in a highly competitive, high-speed duel: Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 and Tony Lawson's Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield are capable of a top speed in excess of 40 knots and an average 25 knots for the race. Two of the world's fastest multihulls could complete the 3000 nautical mile course in just five days.

    The two MOD 70s have raced each other twice. Concise 10 got the better of Phaedo3 in the Artemis Challenge, around the Isle of Wight Race but Phaedo3 squared the match, beating Concise 10 in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The RORC Transatlantic Race will be the first transoceanic race between two fully crewed MOD 70s for over three years and it is highly likely that the race will be incredibly close. In the last fully crewed Transatlantic Race featuring MOD 70s, three teams finished within two hours of each other.

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    The exciting addition of two MOD 70s in the second running of the RORC Transatlantic Race has led to the decision to move the start location to Puerto Calero’s sister facility Marina Lanzarote which is conveniently located in the island’s capital Arrecife. The brand new Marina Lanzarote will host the start of the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday 28 November.

    The two MOD 70’s, Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo³ and Tony Lawson’s Concise 10 will use the RORC Transatlantic Race to continue a rivalry they started during the Rolex Fastnet Race this summer and will continue into the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2016.

    Marina Lanzarote is situated in a natural harbour in front of the city of Arrecife and whilst not yet a year old, has already hosted the prestigious Panerai Transat Classique and is due to welcome the Mini Transat fleet early this autumn. On a stretch of coast punctuated by 17th century forts, the site is historically attractive and a popular local venue due to the eclectic choice of restaurants and bars. The contrasting clean and modern design includes an ample shipyard with an 820-tonne travel hoist.

  • Bristolian, first entrant of the second edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Credit: ROLEXIt may have been less than a month since the last boat finished the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race but the Royal Ocean Racing Club is delighted to already be welcoming the first entrants into the second edition, starting Saturday 28th November 2015.

    Hot off the blocks at midday on Monday 12th January was Philip Ram’s 92ft maxi monohull, Bristolian, the first entrant into the race. The Frers design, skippered by John Burnie, is no stranger to RORC races having competed in the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 and their last long offshore race was the memorably turbulent 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race.

    With a host of yachts looking to return to the Caribbean after a busy season in UK and Mediterranean waters, including those who have taken part in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, the RORC Transatlantic Race is the ideal feeder to warmer climes for the winter.

  • Lupa of London crosses the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Photo: RORC/Arthur Daniel and Orlando K Romain

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    Historians argue as to whether the Vikings, an Irish Monk or others were the first to cross the Atlantic. Since the five-week voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, crossing the Atlantic, quickly and safely, from Europe has always been an important part of seafaring history. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Caribbean 600 is now in its seventh year and the RORC decided that a dedicated feeder race for the Caribbean's premier offshore event was required.

    The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), started on Sunday 30 November from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada, West Indies, 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. An international fleet of yachts took part with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family.

    For all the yachts the adventure started long before the start line. It takes months, sometimes years, for the dream of racing across the Atlantic to become a reality and many of the yachts sailed thousands of miles just to make Lanzarote. Derek Hatfield's Spirit of Adventure started their journey from the frozen shoreline of Novia Scotia 2,800 miles away, crossing the Atlantic to join the race. Marc Lepesqueux racing Class40 Sensation Class 40 should not have been in the race at all. After keel failure in the Route du Rhum, Marc sailed Sensation to Lanzarote and successfully completed the race with a novice crew from France. Yves and Isabelle Haudiquet racing Pogo 40, Bingo, was the only husband and wife team in the race completing their second Atlantic crossing together. Every team have their story from the race and their feelings and emotions have been captured in the race blog.


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