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  • 2017 rtr bibot jmGerald Bibot analysing the weather scenario for the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. He is competing for the second time in his catamaran Zed 6 © RORC/James Mitchell

    Gerald Bibot will be competing in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race with his Belgian 42ft Catamaran Zed 6. Gerald is the founder of Great Circle which produces weather routing programme Squid. In 2015 Gerald was the winner of the MOCRA Class, completing the race in just over 11 days and the only team to take a northerly route.

    “This is going to be a tricky race compared to two years ago and the options are not balanced between north and south,” commented Bibot. “In 50 scenarios only two routes are going south of the Great Circle Route and 42 are going north, so the probability of a northern route is almost absolute for just about any boat in the race, except possibly a boat that has good performance upwind in light air.”

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    Safety First

    The RORC Transatlantic Race Sailing Instructions ensure that all yachts comply with World Sailing's Offshore Special Regulations Category One for safety at sea. In addition, all yachts must comply with RORC Prescriptions and carry a Satellite phone. Anthea and Stephen Weekes have inspected the yachts prior to departure for all four editions of the race.

    “The standard is very high and they have all thought through their safety procedures very carefully,” explained Anthea Weekes. “There are professional crews and amateur crews in this race, but they all appreciate going through the checklist. The important thing is that they have all thought about scenarios and they all have a plan.”

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  • 2017 rtr trio outsider cqs aragon mixedOutsider, Tilmar Hansen's Elliott 52 © Sven Jürgensen Fotografie; Ludde Ingvall's Supermaxi CQS © Rick Tomlinson; Marten 72, Aragon - back to defend her 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race title © James Mitchell

    Departing from Marina Lanzarote at noon on the 25th November, a record 23 yachts will compete in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race - the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. Teams will represent nine different nations: Australia; Belgium; Canada; Chile; France; Germany; Great Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States of America.

    The overall winner under IRC will be awarded the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada; 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. A complex weather scenario is predicted for the start making it almost impossible to predict the winner in a highly competitive fleet.

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  • 2017 rtr marina lanzaroteRORC Transatlantic Race & Atlantic Anniversary Regatta yachts docked at Calero Marinas - Marina Lanzarote

    The start of 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race – the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta - is just a few days away and crews from the record fleet are making their last preparations prior to the 3,000 mile race. Twenty-two teams with sailors from all over the world have gathered in Arrecife’s Marina Lanzarote, excited at the prospect of taking the challenge of racing across the Atlantic. For several of the young competitors in the race, this will be their first transatlantic crossing, but for others, like legendary Spanish six-times round the world circumnavigator and Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Guillermo Altadill, the RORC Transatlantic Race will bring the number of his Atlantic crossings to 19!

    Marina Lanzarote has been looking forward to the RORC Transatlantic Race ever since the last event a year ago. We are all in and ready for it,” smiled José Juan Calero, Calero Marinas Managing Director. “For us it is exciting and amazing to see how the event is growing each year, with more boats and competitors from many different countries. This year we are hosting both the RORC Transatlantic Race and the RC44 regatta and both are enjoying the atmosphere at Marina Lanzarote, sharing the environment and the hospitality. All of our team will be doing their best to ensure that all the competitors have everything they need for the race.”

    Marina Lanzarote is already bustling with activity prior to the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday, with competitors making use of the excellent facilities at the state-of-the-art marina. Varuna, Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56, Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine, and Roman Guerra’s Volvo 70 Monster Project were making excellent use of the 820-tonne crane and dry dock.

    Teasing Machine arrived from Malta last week on a cargo ship after a demanding Rolex Middle Sea Race,” commented Teasing Machine's Volvo Ocean Race winning tactician, Laurent Pages. “We didn't have any major failures in the race, but it has been very useful to check under the boat in Marina Lanzarote before that start of the RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday. In the next 24-36 hours our container will be shipped from here to Grenada in the Caribbean, so we are concentrating on preparing that today. We will be going out testing the boat later today and for the final couple of days we will be focusing on the tactics and strategy for the race.”

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    Pure Grenada to host the finish of RORC Transatlantic Race until 2020

    2017 Grenada RORC Signing Phil Gammon GTA

    L to R: Francine Stewart, Marketing Manager, Grenada Tourism Authority; Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive, Royal Ocean Racing Club; Patricia Maher, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority and Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Michael Boyd © Phil Gammon/GTA

    rorc transatlantic race logoPure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean has signed an agreement with The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Limited to host the finish of the prestigious transatlantic yacht race for the next four years. Competitors will depart from Calero Marinas Marina Lanzarote to tackle 2,995 nautical miles before arriving at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada, with this year’s start date confirmed for Saturday 25 November.

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