International Fleet set for RORC Transatlantic Race

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Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3 will include a highly experienced offshore race team from Spain and Italy  © Rodrigo Rato/Kuka3Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3 will include a highly experienced offshore race team from Spain and Italy © Rodrigo Rato/Kuka3

Crew from all over the world will be competing in the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race which sets off from Marina Lanzarote, Arrecife on Saturday November 24th. The 3,000 nautical mile-long race to Grenada is the final challenge in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2018 calendar, and is an ideal way to bond a team together for the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2019.

Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3 is one of the favourites for the overall win decided by yachts racing under the IRC Rating Rule for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

Maserati and PowerPlay set for RORC Transatlantic Race

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Two MOD70s have entered the RORC Transatlantic Race for a thrilling high-speed multihull match race from Lanzarote to Grenada. Giovanni Soldini's much modified Maserati (now called a Multi 70) and Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay (formerly Concise 10) have both confirmed that they will be on the starting line for the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, starting from Marina Lanzarote on November 24, 2018.

This 3,000 mile match will take the boats to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada and both teams are very capable of breaking the multihull race record, set by Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 in 2015 (5 days 22 hrs 46 mins 03 secs).

Calero Marinas sign up for three years

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On-going commitment by Calero Marinas for RORC Transatlantic Race 

Entries now open for this year's race

2017 rtr lunatix dockside jmHosted by Calero Marinas, RORC Transatlantic Race yachts docked in Marina Lanzarote in the heart of Arrecife, Lanzarote © James Mitchell/RORC

Entries are now open for the RORC Transatlantic Race starting on Saturday 24th November 2018 via Sailgate

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is delighted to announce Calero Marinas commitment to extend their support by continuing to host the RORC Transatlantic Race for the next three years. This move is also endorsed and supported by the Canary Islands and Lanzarote Governments and the Arrecife Town Council.

It’s a wrap – 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

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Overall winner under IRC, Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was awarded the  2017 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy © Arthur DanielAt noon on the 25th November 2017, after a week of boat preparation and much appreciated social activities at Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife, a record 23 yachts started the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race bound for Grenada. Teams from nine different nations took part including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States of America. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS took line honours and was awarded the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was the overall winner under IRC, winning the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

An unusually light southerly airstream greeted the competitors for the start, but the super-light conditions didn't last for long. A low pressure system to the north and a ridge of high pressure to the south blocked the way to the tradewinds and routed the fleet to the north of the rhumb line. After beating into rough seas for most of the second day, CQS was the first to make the dive south. After passing to the north of Tenerife trying to find a narrow gap through the high pressure ridge, CQS made short work of the transition zone to reach the tradewinds.

Hatha Maris Arrival

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2017 rtr hathamaris bannerThe crew of Hatha Maris at the finish of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

Lyssandra Barbieri's Dufour 40 finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 26 days 7 hours 51 mins 50 secs. The record entry of 23 yachts for the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race have now been accounted for. As with every team in the race, regardless of time of day or night. Hatha Maris was greeted dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, with cold beer and a warm welcome. Hatha Maris is the first all-women crew to complete the race.

“Fantastic, exhausted and elated.” smiled Lyssandra having completed the 3000 nautical mile race. “We did not want one more night watch, we were done. Everybody from the marina is here to greet us, there is beer there is food, we are very lucky people. Tonight everybody wants to eat a rare steak and a lot of salad, and rum with coconut water.”

Jangada Triumphant in Grenada

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1200 UTC 17 December

IRC Two and IRC Two Handed victory for experienced offshore sailors (L to R) Rupert Holmes and Richard Palmer. The pair have sailed thousands of miles together and the RORC Transatlantic Race is the start of their 2018 RORC race season, with the RORC Caribbean 600 as their next race in February © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada, racing two handed with Rupert Holmes has finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 21 days 17 hours 32 mins 55 secs and is the winner of IRC Two and IRC Two Handed. Whilst yachts are still racing, none can better Jangada's IRC corrected time. Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina gave the triumphant duo a warm welcome, as is customary for every arrival in the RORC Transatlantic Race:

Fresh Arrivals in Grenada

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1200 UTC 16 December

Challenger finishes the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

Three more teams have completed the RORC Transatlantic Race and are safely moored in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Every yacht is greeted as they arrive with cold beers and a warm smile. French Class40 Sensation, skippered by Kai Weekes and racing in IRC One, finished the race in an elapsed time of 17 days 15 hours 39 mins 10 secs. Chris Stanmore-Major's Canadian Whitbread 60 Challenger was the next to cross the finish line in an elapsed time of 20 days 15 hours 17 mins and 40 secs. “It’s been a long time at sea, but I have to say that the crew are a much better unit and far better sailors than they were at the start in Lanzarote,” commented Chris Stanmore-Major. “We will not be in Grenada for long unfortunately as we want to do a lot of work to the boat for our next race; the RORC Caribbean 600.”

Family affairs in RORC Transatlantic Race

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RACE UPDATE:  14 December 2017

Broader View Hamburg secure victory in IRC One

2017 rtr broaderview prize presentation adSteve Cole from the RORC Race Office presents skipper, Bjoern Woge of German Andrews 56, Broader View Hamburg with their trophy for winning IRC One in the RORC Transatlantic Race
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The podium for IRC One is now complete in the RORC Transatlantic Race and is occupied by three German yachts; all skippered and crewed by fathers and sons. There were emotional scenes as the teams arrived at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina after racing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg, owned by Hamburgische Verein Seefahrt and skippered by Bjoern Woge, has won IRC One in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Broader View Hamburg was the first yacht to complete the race in IRC One in an elapsed time of 17 Days 5 Hours 18 mins 56 secs. Friedrich Boehnert's Xp-50 Lunatix was second and Johann von Eicken's Swan 56 Latona was third.

RORC Transatlantic Race to Teasing Machine

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Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was today declared the overall winner of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. Whilst a number of the record 23 yacht fleet are still racing, none of them can better Teasing Machine's corrected time under IRC. Teasing Machine is the smallest yacht to win the RORC Transatlantic Trophy, which has been previously won by yachts in the Maxi Class.

2017 rtr teasing machine trophy adFrom L to R: RORC Chief Executive Eddie Warden Owen and RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine with Teasing Machine's Tony Brochet and Betrand Castelnerac © RORC / Arthur Daniel

"To win the RORC Transatlantic Race is just fantastic," commented Eric de Turckheim. "It is not just a personal achievement to win my first ever Transatlantic Race, because it has been such a massive team effort. Teasing Machine was only taking part in her second offshore race, and to build a team to that performance level within four months has required a huge commitment from everyone, but especially Laurent Pages."

Monday rush hour in the RORC Transatlantic Race

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Mathias Mueller von Blumencron's German Class40 RED win the Class40 Division of the RORC Transatlantic Race with crew Hans-Christoph Brumberg, Felix Mueller and VolkerRiechers © RORC/Arthur Daniel

On the 17th day of the RORC Transatlantic Race five teams completed the 3,000 nautical mile race within a 10 hour period and 11 yachts are still at sea. Monday's finishers included four young German teams and Gerald Bibot's Belgian catamaran Zed 6. Mathias Mueller von Blumencron's Red was the winner of the Class40 Division for the RORC Transatlantic Race.

Red completed the race in an elapsed time of 15 days 17 hours 25 mins 25 secs to take a hard-earned victory from Berthold and Tobias Brinkmann's MarieJo, which was just under nine hours behind. The Class40 lead had changed hands at least three times during the race, but it was Red with a young but very experienced crew that has been together for many years and raced thousands of miles, that took the Class win.

Monster Project proud to be in Grenada

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RACE UPDATE: Day 16 1400 UTC 10 December 2017

2017 rtr monster project banner adAn emotional arrival into Grenada for Roman Guerra's team on Volvo 70 Monster Project © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Roman Guerra's Volvo 70 Monster Project finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Sunday 10 December 2017 in an elapsed time of 14 days 21 hrs 39 mins 46 secs. Sixteen yachts are still racing across the Atlantic Ocean and a number of teams will finish the 3,000 nautical mile race over the next 48 hours.

Monster Project safely moored at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and the team cracked open the cold beers:

"None of this team has raced across the Atlantic before and it all got pretty emotional when we finished. All of us got a bit teary," commented Monster Project skipper, Roman Guerra. "There are so many memorable moments, but racing at over 30 knots of boat speed two nights before the finish, was really special. The crew described it as awesome, scary, wonderful and just unreal. Any serious sailor wants to race across the Atlantic in a Volvo 70 and we are proud to have done it. A big thank you to the RORC for running such a great race."

Teasing Machine Sets the Pace

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Day 15 1000 UTC 09 December.

An elated team on Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine; currently leading IRC overall on corrected time. Dockside at C&N Port Louis Marina Grenada © RORC/Arthur DanielEric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Friday 8 December in an elapsed time of 13 days 19 hrs 29 mins 08 secs. The French team lead the race overall after IRC time correction. Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump and Tilmar Hansen's German Elliot 52 Outsider have also finished the RORC Transatlantic Race. 17 yachts are still at sea, vying for the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

Teasing Machine arrived at sunset on the 14th day of the race and has one hand on the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. The team cheered for joy as they crossed the finish line.

“We are very happy to be here in Grenada,” smiled Eric de Turckheim. “This is my first transatlantic race and it has been fantastic. Every time I finish any race, be it a running marathon or a yacht race, you feel emotional, but also relaxed. Your mind, body and soul is released from that concentration. For me a memorable moment was passing through the transition zone after the start. We had been upwind for a long time and we had a short passage of very light winds before we got into the tradewinds. One night it was so beautiful, flying the Code Zero, doing just four knots. There was no noise, nothing and the moon almost full. It was just magnificent!”

Aragon Finish in Style

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RACE UPDATE: Day 14 0800 UTC 8 December 2017

2017 rtr aragon banner finish adHappy to be in Grenada after a competitive race - Team Aragon dockside at C&N Port Louis Marina © RORC/Arthur Daniel

The second boat to finish the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race was Jochen Bovenkamp's Marten 72 Aragon, crossing the finish line in Grenada at 07 hrs 49 mins 37 secs UTC on Friday 8 December. Completing the race in an elapsed time of 12 days 19 hrs 49 mins 37 secs, the powerful Maxi showed a tremendous turn of speed in the last 24 hours to power ahead of their close rivals. Aragon now takes the overall lead after IRC time correction for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine and Port Louis Marina General Manager, Glynn Thomas welcomed Aragon and her team on arrival at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Once safely docked, the crew enjoyed an ice-cold beer for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Battles in the RORC Transatlantic Race

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RACE UPDATE:  7 December 2017

21 yachts are still racing in the RORC Transatlantic Race. At 0800 UTC on the 13th day, Jochen Bovenkamps's Marten 72 Aragon was 273 miles from the finish and estimated to arrive at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina around midnight local time on Thursday 7th December. The ETA for Teasing Machine, Sorceress and Outsider is Friday 8th December.

2016 rtr aragon finish ad2016 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy winner, the Dutch Marten 72 Aragon is scheduled to be the next yacht to finish the 3,000 nmile race from Lanzarote to Grenada © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Line Honours winner, Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS will be awarded the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy later today. CQS has also set the IRC corrected time to beat for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. In IRC Zero, Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is expected to finish well inside the required time to lead the race overall.

CQS takes Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race

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Monohull line honours secured in the RORC Transatlantic Race (Leg 1 Atlantic Anniversary Regatta)
by Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS and his multinational crew. Dockside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada
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Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Wednesday 6th December taking Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days 00 hrs 03 mins 08 secs. CSQ committed to a southerly route for the 3,000 nautical mile race and despite sustaining sail damage in a vicious 40 knot squall, the canting keel 98ft Maxi led from start to finish. Ingvall is no stranger to taking line honours in prestigious offshore races, twice taking the honour in both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This was Ludde Ingvall's 16th transatlantic.

CQS less than 300 miles from Grenada

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Day 11 Race Update: 1200 UTC 05 December 2017

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Provisionally leading overall under IRC, Eric de Turckheim's French Teasing Machine is under threat from last year's winning Maxi, Marten 72 Aragon and Southern Wind 96 Sorceress © RORC/James Mitchell

Ludde Ingvall's Maxi CQS is expected to finish the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race tomorrow, and the overall leader under IRC - Eric de Turckheim's French Teasing Machine - is under threat from two Maxis. Everyone is keeping a close eye on the race tracker as the fleet near Grenada; especially as a high pressure system is expected to create another conundrum for the majority of the fleet.

40 knot knock-down for CQS

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Day 10 Race Update: 1100 UTC 04 December 2017  

2017 rtr cqs closestern jmBack on track after 40 knot knock-down - Ludde Ingvall's Australia Maxi CQS © RORC/James Mitchell

Ludde Ingvall’s CQS suffered a setback in the RORC Transatlantic Race:

“We got caught in a bad squall of probably 40 knots which resulted in a number of issues,” Ingvall reported from on board on day 10 of the race. “There has been damage to sails and onboard electronic systems, but we are still progressing towards the finish.” Kenneth Thelen, co-skipper for Australian Maxi CQS confirmed that all of the crew of the 96ft canting keel Maxi were safe and well. Describing the damage he said: “Part of our electronics failed, making it hard to sail in the dark. We blew our biggest spinnaker, but it is repairable. As we went into a gybe the engine stalled and we lay flat on our side for a while which resulted in a diesel spill inside the boat, so the smell is terrible in the heat! We broke the top three battens in the mainsail, but we are still sailing towards the finish at reasonable speed, in pouring rain. We will assess the situation at first light.”

Fast Running in the Trades

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1000 UTC 03 December 2017

Aragon is closing the gap on corrected time leaderTeasing Machine  © RORC/James Mitchell On the ninth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, twenty teams are now south of the rhumb line with the vast majority enjoying fast running conditions in the northeast trade winds. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS is under 1000 nautical miles from Camper & Nicholson’s Port Louis Marina, 380 miles ahead of the fleet to take Monohull Line Honours and the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is still the provisional leader overall under IRC. However four other teams are also in the hunt for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy; CQS, Jochen Bovenkamp's Marten 72 Aragon, Teichmann & Thomas Jungblut's German Elliott 52 Outsider, and Canadian Southernwind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump.

CQS has been hitting over 20 knots of boat speed, surfing down Atlantic rollers, but it has not all been plane sailing as their blog shows. “The A2 spinnaker had been up for four days during the RORC Transatlantic Race when a two foot tear appeared during a gybe. A4 hoisted, A2 doused, repaired, repacked and hoisted. Total time 90 minutes. All 15 crew working flat out. Now that’s what I call teamwork!”

CQS Half Way to Grenada

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Day 7 Race Update: 0900 UTC 01 December 2017

2017 rtr cqs bowman start jmLudde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS is approaching the half way mark of the RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC/James Mitchell

After nearly a week at sea, Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS is approaching the half way mark of the RORC Transatlantic Race, blast reaching in perfect trade wind conditions. CQS has opened up a lead of 130 miles on her nearest rival. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is estimated to be leading the race overall after IRC time correction. To set a new race record, CQS needs to finish the race before Tuesday 5th December 1900 hours 06 mins 59 secs UTC.

Teasing Machine is currently negotiating the ridge of high pressure, which forms a barrier to the trade winds, and is making good progress to achieve this goal. Aragon and Sorceress have been the two leading maxis in the RORC Transatlantic Race, and split tacks at about sunset on Day 6. Jochen Bovenkamp's Marten 72 Aragon chose to continue west, whilst Canadian Southernwind 96 Sorceress skippered by Daniel Stump, chose to move south.