With less than two days until the start, the diverse RORC fleet make final preparations for the RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC
The 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in association with the International Maxi Association, will start from Marina Lanzarote at 1200 UTC on Saturday 24 November 2018.
Two record-breaking trimarans will go head-to-head in a 3,000 nautical mile match race; Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi70 (ITA) and Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay (GBR), skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield. The high-speed match race has the added incentive of a crack at the multihull race record set by Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 in the 2015 edition (5 days 22 hrs 46 mins 03 secs). Maserati won the first duel between the two in last month's Rolex Middle Sea Race. The PowerPlay team has been strengthened by the inclusion of Australian Paul Larsen, holder of the ultimate speed record of 65.45 knots in Sailrocket 2.
Maserati reported rudder damage on the delivery to Lanzarote. "We probably bumped into some sort of big net or fishing gear. The fuse system unhooked, but the rudder's blade got tangled and it was strongly pulled downwards, breaking its blocks and slipping out of the fitting," explained skipper Giovanni Soldini. The Italian team is working hard to solve the problem before the start of the race on Saturday. "The T-shaped lost rudder will be replaced with a classic MOD rudder so we will not be able to foil on port tack. It's clearly not the ideal condition, but we're fit and determined: we will do our best as usual and we will fight tooth and nail," continued Soldini who also competed in the 2016 race.