Safety First

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Stephen and Anthea Weekes carrying out Safety Checks - photo RORC/James MitchellThe RORC Race Team includes Safety Advisors, Stephen Weekes, assisted by wife Anthea, who are in Lanzarote to check through the ISAF Safety Regulations lists completed by each boat.

During the checks, they have come across some interesting safety items that are over and above what is required by the ISAF regulations:

“Most of the boats have been across the Atlantic before or have certainly done some long distance racing, so they are all very well sorted,” explains Stephen. “We just check to make sure that everyone understands what some of the ISAF Safety requirements mean and to try to ascertain whether all the crew members on each boat know exactly how everything works. This is especially so on the larger boats with bigger crews.”

“Stowage of safety items is quite critical for the 3,000 mile RORC Transatlantic Race and we’ve found that several crews know the equipment is on the boat but can’t quickly put their hand to it, so we stress the point that they need to find out!

“Something we are seeing more of when we are looking round the boats is that most of them now have Personal AIS MOB Beacons. They have become a major lifesaving advantage and we see crews have them either fitted to their lifejacket so that they go off in the water, or are carrying them in their oilskin pockets so that they can activate them themselves. Once activated the MOB appears on the screen of the chart plotter as and SAR emblem and gives a course and bearing back to the casualty in the water, and not only on their boat, but all those within AIS range. The point was made that they should be aware of what the symbol would look like on their navigation systems. It needs testing so they understand what they are looking for when activated.

Northerly Route Likely for the Start

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Gerald Bibot explains the likely weather senario for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo RORC/Louay HabibGerald Bibot explains the likely weather senario for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - Photo RORC/Louay Habib

Gerald Bibot's Belgian 42ft catamaran, Zed 6 is likely to be one of the first yachts to finish the 3,000 nautical mile race and will be hoping to win the Multihull Class after MOCRA time correction. Racing with Gerald will be Michel Kleinjans, who has set numerous world records, including the Round Britain and Ireland and Round Ireland races. Gerald Bibot is the founder of Great Circle which produces the revolutionary weather prediction and routing programme Squid. One of the features of Squid is Ensemble Modelling, running 20 related but different analytical models and then synthesizing these results into a single spread in order to improve the accuracy of predictive analytics.

Ready for the RORC Transatlantic Race

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Competitors for the second edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race have arrived in Marina Lanzarote. The new Calero Marina is a hive of activity as sailors from 14 different nations ready themselves and their yachts for the 3000 nautical mile race to Port Louis Marina, Grenada which will start at noon, local time, Saturday 28th November.

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association, the race has attracted yachts from 40 to 100 feet. The fastest yachts could complete the race in just six days, but the majority of the fleet will be at sea for two weeks or more.

Life in the Fast Lane

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Competitors in the RORC Transatlantic Race, jointly organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association, are making their way to the start from Marina Lanzarote with many of the international fleet sailing thousands of miles to take part in the second edition of the race. However, just 10 days before the start, Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 was still in its home port of Hamble, UK, over 1,500 miles from the start line. For the RORC Transatlantic Race, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield will be taking on Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3  in a high speed duel across the Atlantic.

Sailor Feature - Elin Haf Davies

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The RORC Transatlantic Race organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The International Maxi Association attracts a huge variety of competitors. Racing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Marina Lanzarote is a huge challenge. The fastest yachts may take less than a week to reach Port Louis Marina Grenada, but for one team,­ it is more likely to be three weeks at sea.

Elin Haf Davies and Chris Frost will be competing two-handed on J/120 Nunatak. Their campaign to race across the Atlantic started with eight races in the 2015 RORC Season's Points Championship, including the RORC Fastnet Race. Chris Frost is an experienced sailor, winning World and European Championships in his Swan at inshore regattas, but he has never sailed across the Atlantic before.