MOD70 Disagreement - Day Two

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 Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3 at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell.

As dawn broke on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the majority of the fleet were still to round Tenerife, the last mark of the course before the international racing fleet head out into the open waters of the Atlantic. Land effects were still the main influence on tactics and strategy, with some big gains and losses in the fleet overnight.

Ideal Conditions for the Start of the RORC Transatlantic Race

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2016 rtr start james mitchellPerfect Conditions at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo RORC/James Mitchell

The 3rd edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started without a hitch in ideal conditions outside Marina Lanzarote. With a gentle breeze and slight sea state, it was a comfortable start to the 2,865 nautical mile ocean race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada, West Indies. The three fastest yachts have chosen to head north of the rhumb line. Once they have rounded Tenerife, the decision to continue north or dive south will become clear.

RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen watched the fleet depart: "It's fantastic to see the fleet taking off on the way to Grenada from Lanzarote. The wind is blowing from the north at about 10 knots and they’re reaching across the starting line. We have got a huge variety of boats; fabulous boats of 100ft and more, like Leopard and Path, to Class40s and of course the amazing multihulls, Maserati and Phaedo that will be having a match race all the way across the Atlantic. I am delighted to say we have an increase in entry every year and we know that this race will grow over a period of time. The quality of the boats and the variety shows that the RORC Transatlantic Race is going to be popular with a lot of racing teams."

Follow the Race

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The sun sets over Marina Lanzarote the night before the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race - photo RORC/James Mitchell

Today (Saturday 26 November), 14 yachts from 40-112ft (12-34m) will take the start of the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote, Canary Islands headed for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina on the spice island of Grenada, Caribbean; some 2,865 nautical miles across the Atlantic.

Competitors from 20 different nations will line up for the start at midday (1200 GMT) off Marina Lanzarote where the fleet have been generously hosted by Calero Marinas for the past week. The IRC classes and Class40s are scheduled to start at 1200 GMT, followed 10 minutes later by the two MOD70s; Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo and Giovanni Soldini's Italian Maserati, making an impressive sight for the spectators on and off the water as the fleet heads to the turning mark off Puerto Calero Marina and between the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to the south. The fleet must then pass Tenerife before venturing into the Atlantic to finish outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada.

Crew enjoy RORC Transatlantic Race gala dinner in Puerto Calero

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The crews were introduced at the Gala Dinner, Amura Restaurant, Puerto Calero - photo RORC/James MitchellThe crews were introduced at the Gala Dinner, Amura Restaurant, Puerto Calero - photo RORC/James Mitchell

Photos from Gala Dinner in RORC Photo Gallery HERE: http://gallery.rorc.org/v/2016/RORC+Transatlantic+Race+2016/

With two nights to go until the start of the race, crews enjoyed a wonderful dinner yesterday evening at the RORC Transatlantic Race Gala Dinner. Held at one of Lanzarote's finest restaurants, around 140 crews from every yacht in the race enjoyed a three-course supper with fine wines at Amura Restaurant in Puerto Calero, courtesy of our hosts in Lanzarote, Calero Marinas and the Calero Family.
RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott, introduced Michael Boyd, Commodore of Royal Ocean Racing Club who had news about the future of the race:
"This evening we are the fortunate guests of José Juan Calero and his family who have provided wonderful hospitality to all the skippers, crews and the Royal Ocean Racing Club since the initiation of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Without them the race would simply not take place. On this side of the Atlantic we have the support of the Canary Islands and Lanzarote Government and Tourist Boards, and on the other side, the support of the Government of Grenada and Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, as well as Westerhall Rums. The RORC is very grateful to all of these partners.

Atlantic Conundrum – North or South

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Mike Slades 100ft canting keel Maxi Leopard 3 RORC/Paul WyethMike Slade’s 100ft canting keel Maxi, Leopard 3 © RORC/Paul Wyeth

The 3rd edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start outside Marina Lanzarote at midday Saturday 26 November. The competitors attention is now very much on final preparations and the afterguards of the wide variety of yachts competing are starting to look at the weather predictions for the first few days of the race. Weather models are predicting a complex picture, with the usually stable trade winds being affected by low pressure systems and troughs developing along the 2,865 mile race course.

Mike Slade's canting keel Maxi Leopard 3 is hot favourite for Monohull Line Honours and the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. Leopard 3 will also have one eye on the clock, hoping to better the monohull record set by Jean-Paul Riviere's French Conq 100, Nomad IV of 10 days 07 hours 06 minutes and 59 seconds.

Outstanding Yachtswomen in the RORC Transatlantic Race

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Libby Greenhalgh navigator aboard Mike Slade's Leopard

Navigator on Mike Slade's Farr 100, Leopard in the RORC Transatlantic Race © Corinna Halloran Team SCA Volvo Ocean Race

Competing in the RORC Transatlantic Race are highly accomplished female sailors from Great Britain, France and Canada who have participated in recent major offshore races, including Libby Greenhalgh who has been confirmed as the navigator on line honours favourite, Mike Slade’s 100ft Maxi, Leopard.

The British sailor was navigator for Team SCA for every leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race and will be returning to Lanzarote, which was the training base for the all-female team before the race. She also worked as a meteorologist for the British Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Games. For the RORC Transatlantic Race, Libby has been selected as navigator for Mike Slade's Farr 100, Leopard which will be vying for monohull line honours and the race record of 10 days 07 hours 06 mins 59 secs, set in 2015 by Jean-Paul Riviere’s French Finot Conq 100, Nomad IV.

Getting Ready for the Atlantic

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Calero Marinas - Marina Lanzarote, perfect for race preparationsThe 3rd edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start outside Arrecife’s Marina Lanzarote this Saturday 26th November. The international fleet have a few precious days left to prepare for the 2,865 mile transatlantic race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. Each entry is busy going through their inventory and check-lists, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for speed and above all safety, assisted by the RORC Race Team.

A Personal Voyage

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Spartan Ocean Racing's Volvo 60, Challenger - photo Spartan Ocean RacingChris Stanmore-Major will skipper the Volvo 60, Challenger in the RORC Transatlantic Race starting on Saturday 26th November from Lanzarote. He has sailed over 250,000 nm (the distance to the moon) in yachts ranging from 45ft to 150ft, including two round the world races; once as the skipper of an amateur crew on board Qingdao, the Chinese entry in the 2009/10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and solo in the 2010/11 Velux 5 Oceans Race.

Video: Calero Marinas

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Calero Marinas: year-round sailing destinations in the temperate Canary Islands. Hosting world-class yacht racing and cruising events and only minutes from the international airport, Puerto Calero and Marina Lanzarote are convincing options for a warm winter base. Reliable and secure with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, Calero Marinas best embody Europe’s southern shores.

Lanzarote prepares for the RORC Transatlantic Race

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2016 Path

Bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada, 2,865 nmiles across the Atlantic, the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race has once again attracted a varied fleet, from MOD70s to Maxis, four Class40s and everything in between from 40-112ft (12.19-34.14m). Veteran professional sailors will race on the same course as first time Corinthians; all making tricky tactical decisions to ensure the fastest crossing and keep the momentum going on this long, intense race. The race is a competitive adventure and on the bucket list of many sailors. For most, the passion to race never diminishes.

Trailblazers of the RORC Transatlantic Race

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Giovanni Soldini's foiling MOD70, Maserati will be literally flying off the start line in the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race © Guilain Grenier/www.martin-raget.comRacing across the Atlantic evokes the primal desires of any offshore sailor and the Grenada-bound RORC Transatlantic Race, departing from Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 26th November, has attracted a highly diverse range of boats and crews to compete in the third edition.

Leopard out to break the monohull record
Whilst the Atlantic is only half the size of the Pacific, Mid-Atlantic is as far away from land as possible, save Point Nemo in the depths of the Southern Ocean and Mike Slade's 100ft canting keel maxi, Leopard3 is no stranger to the Atlantic. Leopard has accomplished five separate Transatlantic records over the last nine years and has crossed the Atlantic 12 times, with this race being Boat Captain, Chris Sherlock's 30th crossing. Leopard3 is very capable of breaking the current monohull record for the RORC Transatlantic Race, set by Jean-Paul Riviere's Finot 100, NomadIV in the last race in 10 days 07 hours 06 mins 59 secs.