Trade winds kick in for RORC Transatlantic Race

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Fifth Maxi to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race - The Volvo 70 HYPR (ESP) skippered by Jens Lindner included 5 professional and 11 corinthian crew, including the youngest in the race - 18-year-old Filip Henriksson © Louay Habib/RORC

Fifth Maxi to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race - The Volvo 70 HYPR (ESP) skippered by Jens Lindner included 5 professional and 11 corinthian crew, including the youngest in the race - 18-year-old Filip Henriksson © Louay Habib/RORC

DAY 14 - 21 JAN (0900 UTC)

With over 30 knots of trade winds in the Atlantic, the 15 teams still racing in the RORC Transatlantic Race have seen a rapid rise in boat speed towards Grenada. The latest teams to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race are Volvo 70 HYPR (ESP) skippered by Jens Lindner and Halvard Mabire’s ORC50 GDD (FRA) racing Two-Handed with Miranda Merron. Lady First III (FRA) and Tonnerre de Glen (FRA) are expected today, Friday 21 of January. Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina has the beers on ice for every team’s arrival.

The modified Volvo 70 HYPR is the fifth Maxi to finish, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 12 days 8 hrs 29 mins and 48 secs. The crew of 16 included the youngest competitor in the race, Filip Henriksson. The 18-year-old’s parents flew to Grenada to congratulate him. Filip’s mother was given the honour of calling the finish time by RORC Race Officer Steve Cole.

HYPR’s Jens Lindner spoke dockside:

“Our finish time is very disappointing for us because the first night we broke the tack line of our A3, so we could not use the sail anymore and this was to affect our whole race. Without the A3 we couldn’t really go up north, so we tried to wiggle through the high-pressure, but we didn’t manage to keep up the speed and we lost touch with our competition. With five professional and 11 Corinthian crew, the important goal was to get here safety, and we have done that. I think they have all had a great experience and that they will be back next year. For the RORC Caribbean 600 we will be stronger with a professional crew and we hope to be really competitive. We are very happy to be in Grenada and we have had a very nice welcome here.”

Video action onboard Volvo 70 I Love Poland

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©️ Robert Hadjuk/I Love Poland/@ r_hajduk /RORC/Arthur Daniel

The Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race on the 18th of January in an elapsed time of 10 days 11 hrs 12 mins and 50 secs. Skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, the team is composed of young talented Polish sailors. OBR Robert Hadjuk's great imagery shows what it's really like to race across the Atlantic in a Volvo 70.
 
The 14-person crew of I Love Poland included the winners of The Polish National Foundation's training programs, as well as the helmsman and the captain - Grzegorz Baranowski. I Love Poland is a project aimed primarily at training the next generations of ocean sailors.

Tala takes IRC Zero

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David Colins' Botin 52 Tala has won IRC Zero, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race in 11 days 10 hrs 13 mins 9 secs (elapsed).Team Tala: Brett Aarons GB, David Collins GB, Christopher Cowan GB, Campbell Field NZ, Andy Meiklejohn NZ, Peter Redmond GB, Jeremy Robinson GB, Robbie Southwell GB, David Swete NZ, Paul Willcox ZA © Arthur Daniel/RORC

David Colins' Botin 52 Tala has won IRC Zero, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race in 11 days 10 hrs 13 mins 9 secs (elapsed).Team Tala: Brett Aarons GB, David Collins GB, Christopher Cowan GB, Campbell Field NZ, Andy Meiklejohn NZ, Peter Redmond GB, Jeremy Robinson GB, Robbie Southwell GB, David Swete NZ, Paul Willcox ZA © Arthur Daniel/RORC

DAY 13 - 20 JAN (0900 UTC)

On the thirteenth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race David Collins’ Botin 52 Tala (GBR) and Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro (CH) crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race. The closest battle in the eight-year history of the race came to a dramatic conclusion.

Billed as the closest battle within the record fleet for the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, IRC Zero did not disappoint. The dismasting of Botin 56 Black Pearl (GER), which has safely made landfall in the Canaries, resulted in two hi-tech 50-footers battling for class and the overall win.

Tala has won IRC Zero, completing the course in an elapsed time of 11 days 10 hrs 13 mins 9 secs. Tala is also ranked second overall, just over an hour behind the mighty Comanche after IRC time correction. Caro was just an hour behind Tala on the water - a virtual photo-finish after over 3,000nm of racing. Caro is a new Botin design taking part in only its second race and the first transatlantic. Caro is second in IRC Zero and third overall. Despite being disappointed not to win, the Caro team raised a cheer having completed the race. Caro and Tala are relishing the next battle, which will be in February at the RORC Caribbean 600.

Caro and Tala duke it out

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Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 10 days 11 hrs 12 mins and 50 secs. Skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, the team is composed of young talented Polish sailors © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 10 days 11 hrs 12 mins and 50 secs. Skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, the team is composed of young talented Polish sailors © Arthur Daniel/RORC

DAY 12 - 19 JAN (0900 UTC)

On the twelfth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race a thrilling finish is shaping up for Caro and Tala in IRC Zero, with the potential for both teams to take the overall lead under IRC for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Volvo 70 I Love Poland is the latest team to finish the race and the third Maxi to do so. The Austrian Ocean Race Project’s VO65 Sisi is expected to finish today (Wednesday). Twenty one boats are still racing with news in this report from Tonnerre de Glen, Challenge Ocean, Juno and Jangada.

Controlling the Animal - L4 Trifork

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The modified Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 9 days 10 hrs 27 mins and 58 secs on the 10th day of the race © Arthur Daniel/RORC

The modified Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 9 days 10 hrs 27 mins and 58 secs on the 10th day of the race © Arthur Daniel/RORC

DAY 11 - 18 JAN

At sunset on the tenth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the modified Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 9 days 10 hrs 27 mins and 58 secs. L4 Trifork is the second monohull to finish the race and the first of three 70-foot hi-tech ocean racers. L4 Trifork’s IRC corrected time is not enough to beat the 100ft Maxi Comanche (CAY) for the overall lead.

The L4 Trifork team had a warm welcome at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, as every boat can expect in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Marina Manager Zara Tremlett and her staff provided ice cold beers and the Grenada Tourism Authority, represented by Chinel Sandy, presented L4 Trifork’s Joern Larsen with a basket of Grenada produce to welcome the team to Grenada. Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the IMA and RORC Race Officer Steve Cole were also on hand to congratulate the team.

 “It has been a long ride and we have had all kinds of weather along the way, especially when we went north into cold weather and up to 38 knots of wind,” commented Joern Larsen. “It is a relief to get here and the race has been an absolute pleasure. In total with this trip we have raced 4,000 miles in under 10 days and next we will do the RORC Caribbean 600. The boat is now part of the Trifork family. We take out Trifork employees, customers and partners to have a special experience. It is the first time I have come to Grenada and it warms my heart to have presents from local people, we love it.”

Battle on for Overall Win

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Ultim Emotion 2 was the fourth multihull to cross the finish line in Grenada © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Ultim Emotion 2 was the fourth multihull to cross the finish line in Grenada © RORC/Arthur Daniel

DAY TEN - 17 JAN (0900 UTC)

On the tenth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, 21 teams are still racing in the Atlantic for the overall win and claim the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Racing under the IRC Rating Rule, Comanche’s record run has now set the bar for the monohulls to beat. Out in the Atlantic, battles for class honours and private duels are raging, and the race for the overall win is far from over.

In the MOCRA class, the latest multihull to finish is Antoine Rabaste’s Maxi Multihull Ultim Emotion 2 (FRA), which crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada just before sunset on 16 January. The 80ft trimaran screamed into Grenada at a speed of over 26 knots!

Video action as Comanche takes monohull line honours

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The 30.48m (100ft) VPLP Design/Verdier Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth, took Monohull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, winning the magnificent IMA Trophy. Comanche set a new race record for the 3,000nm race from Lanzarote to Grenada of 7 days 22 hours 1 minute 4 seconds. Comanche’s new Monohull Race Record has beaten the previous race record by over two days. With the double achieved Comanche must wait to see if any of the remaining 21 teams racing under IRC can eclipse their corrected time to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.
 
The winning crew: Guillermo Altadill Fischer, Mitch Booth, Diogo Cayolla, Pete Cumming, Dom Davies, Damien Durchon, Shannon Falcone, Pavlo Kalynchev, Alexei Kapustin, Pavel Karachov, Campbell Knox, Petr Lipa, Lago Lopez Marra, Paul Magee, Will Oxley, Corrado Rossignoli, Louis Sinclair, Justin Slattery, Eduard van Lierde, Rudi van Velzen, Konstantin Vasilev, Daryl Wislang.

Guided missile - Comanche sets record and wins IMA Trophy

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Comanche crew celebrate setting a new race record in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race after completing the race to Grenada in record time: 7d 22hrs 1min 4secs ©️ Arthur Daniel/RORC

Comanche crew celebrate setting a new race record in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race after completing the race to Grenada in record time: 7d 22hrs 1min 4secs ©️ Arthur Daniel/RORC

The 30.48m (100ft) VPLP Design/Verdier Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth, has taken Monohull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, winning the magnificent IMA Trophy. Comanche has set a new race record for the 3,000nm race from Lanzarote to Grenada of 7 days 22 hours 1 minute 4 seconds. Comanche’s new Monohull Race Record has beaten the previous race record by over two days. With the double achieved Comanche must wait to see if any of the remaining 21 teams racing under IRC can eclipse their corrected time to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association (IMA), witnessed Comanche crossing the line and later presented the IMA Trophy at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Grenada. Comanche’s record result in the RORC Transatlantic Race is the latest accolade to a phenomenal list of achievements, including the Monohull West-East Transatlantic record and race records and line honours for the Rolex Fastnet Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Transpac and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Monohull line honours for Comanche

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Comanche has crossed the finish line of the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, setting a new monohull record © RORC/James Mitchell

Comanche has crossed the finish line of the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, setting a new monohull record © RORC/James Mitchell

Comanche (CAY) – the 30.48m (100ft) VPLP Design/Verdier Maxi, skippered by Mitch Booth (AUS), has taken Monohull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race - winning the magnificent IMA Trophy and setting a new race record - crossing the Grenada finish line off Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina at: 09:11:04 UTC on Sunday 16 January.

Full race report/press release with images and interviews to follow.

Magical Maserati Multihull Finish

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Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati (ITA) has taken Multihull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race Congratulations to the team: Skipper: Giovanni Soldini, Vittorio Bissaro, Oliver Herrera Perez, Thomas Joffrin, Francesco Pedol and Matteo Soldini © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati (ITA) has taken Multihull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race Congratulations to the team: Skipper: Giovanni Soldini, Vittorio Bissaro, Oliver Herrera Perez, Thomas Joffrin, Francesco Pedol and Matteo Soldini © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati (ITA) has taken Multihull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, crossing the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada at 05:51:41 UTC on Saturday 15 January (Corrected: 6d 18h 51m 41s). After eight days of extraordinary racing, Maserati finished ahead of Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, followed by Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo.

Maserati’s margin of victory was less than 20 miles over PowerPlay and Argo, expressed as a fraction, that is one third of a percentage point. Giovanni Soldini has enjoyed many great successes in his glittering career, and this was one of the finest.

The camaraderie and sportsmanship between the three boats was exemplified by Soldini’s Maserati crew waiting for PowerPlay to finish, cheering them through the line. As well as Argo’s shore team fixing up a dockside barbeque at 4am, all washed down with ice cold beers provided by Port Louis Marina!