Farewell Marina Lanzarote!

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The 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race started on schedule outside Marina Lanzarote © Rodrigo Rato/Kuka3The 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race started on schedule outside Marina Lanzarote © Rodrigo Rato/Kuka3

The fifth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started on schedule at 1200 UTC on Saturday 24 November. The fleet bid farewell to Marina Lanzarote which had once again provided an ideal location to prepare for the 3,000 nautical mile race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Grenada.

“The fleet got away to a clean start,” commented RORC Deputy Racing Manager, Tim Thubron. “Kuka 3 was first over the line, followed by Class40 Hydra and the two multihulls; PowerPlay and Maserati. My Song held back at the start but was at speed and full upwind mode at the pin, soon leaving the rest of the monohulls in their wind shadow.”

The expected light airs start was enhanced by a sea breeze with many of the teams electing to stay inshore to gain lifting pressure rolling down the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote. Pier Luigi Loro Piana's Supermaxi My Song was the first boat to the turning mark at Puerto Calero Marina, followed by the multihulls.

Farewell to crews at impressive fortress

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RORC Transatlantic Race competitors enjoyed dinner in style at the Castillo de San José, hosted by Calero Marinas © RORCRORC Transatlantic Race competitors enjoyed dinner in style at the Castillo de San José, hosted by Calero Marinas © RORC

Crews enjoyed a farewell gala dinner as they gathered at the 18th century Arrecife fortress, Castillo de San José - now an impressive restaurant and contemporary art museum close to Marina Lanzarote. RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen, competing in the race aboard the MOD70 PowerPlay, thanked the Calero family and team at Marina Lanzarote, as well as the Lanzarote and Canary Islands Tourism and Government for their continued support and great hospitality before the start:

“I am really looking forward to my experience with the team on Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay and to seeing you all in Grenada,” said Warden Owen. “Like here in Lanzarote, you will receive a warm welcome when you arrive in Grenada and you’ll have a great end to your race. I wish you a successful journey, a great result and enjoy the race. Good luck to you all.” 

Diverse RORC fleet ready for the Atlantic

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With less than two days until the start, the diverse RORC fleet make final preparations for the RORC Transatlantic Race  © RORCWith 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.

Future ocean racers…

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A group of over 20 young sailors from the Real Club Nautico sailing programme visited Marina Lanzarote yesterday to take a look at some of the boats competing in this year’s RORC Transatlantic Race. Along with their instructors, they were welcomed on board the First 47.7 Kali, Cookson 50 Kuka3, Giovanni Soldini’s Multi 70 Maserati, and the largest boat in the race, the 40 metre Baltic 130 My Song.

A Warm Welcome in Lanzarote

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Welcoming teams to the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race opening reception: José Juan Calero, Calero Marinas, Julio Romero, President of the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife, Tim Thubron, RORC Deputy Racing Manager © Pilar Hernandez/Calero MarinasWelcoming teams to the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race opening reception: José Juan Calero, Calero Marinas, Julio Romero, President of the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife, Tim Thubron, RORC Deputy Racing Manager © Pilar Hernandez/Calero Marinas

The 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in association with the International Maxi Association, will start from Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 24 November 2018. A full programme of social activities started on Monday November 20, with a Welcome Reception hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife. Founded in 1872, the prestigious yacht club is located at the heart of Lanzarote's capital city. The delightful Pingüinos synchronized swimming team put on a spectacular display to open the evening's entertainment for competitors and honoured guests.

Tim Thubron, RORC Deputy Racing Manager welcomed all teams and officially opened the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race at the first of several social events for crews taking part in the 3,000 nautical mile race. He also thanked the Calero family for their continued support, as well as the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife, hosts of the Welcome Reception. 

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.