Articles Tagged ‘Class40’

Crew member on NOR149 Hydra

We are not in a lot of wind and for the most part we have been playing an intense game of cat and mouse with Eärendil. We have been swapping the lead but right now they are just in front of us flying a Code Zero. We crossed tacks twice during the day, winning a cross each. We have been clinging to each other, if we do this all the way across the Atlantic it will be an amazing race. - Pip Hare

PowerPlay and Maserati – Down to the Wire

DAY 7 1600 UTC Report

2018 rtr start maserati bow powerplay jvMaserati and PowerPlay have been neck and neck since the race began © RORC/Joaquín Vera

It's game on in the thrilling race for Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi70 and Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay are expected to arrive at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in the early hours of Saturday morning, local time in Grenada (-4 UTC). With 400 miles to go, it is impossible to predict the winner.

The Italian trimaran, Maserati Multi 70 has reported surfing at 30 knots of boat speed. “The swell is gentle and long and we’re able to skim over the waves. PowerPlay has been chasing us for days without giving an inch, it’s going to be like this until the finish line!” commented Giovanni Soldini.

International Maxi Association member Pier Luigi Loro Piana, racing Supermaxi My Song, is also locked in a battle with a 'virtual rival'. With 1300 miles to the finish, My Song is estimated to be just seven hours behind the monohull race record set by Jean-Paul Riviere's French Finot-Conq 100, Nomad IV in 2015. My Song is at full speed, the 130ft Baltic yacht's largest spinnaker is 1100 sq.metre and she can fly a total of 2000 sq.metres of sail area from her 59 metre rig.

The trades beckon for RORC Transatlantic Race leaders

Class40 Hydra NOR149

Class40 Division confirms a great battle between Catherine Pourre's Eärendil and Henrik Bergesen's Hydra (149) shown here at the mark off Puerto Calero Marina, Lanzarote © RORC

The battle between the multihulls has entered another phase, with both Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi 70 and Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay crossing the rhumb line at sundown on day two. As dawn broke on the third day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the two duelling trimarans tacked south. However, Maserati chose to take a hotter angle to the northwesterly breeze, whilst PowerPlay was heading downwind. The main objective for both was to escape their area of high pressure to the solid 20 knots of wind that awaits them; the difference in opinion will play out today. At 0830 UTC on day three both boats were ramping up the boat speed, preparing for the downwind sleigh ride to come.