Everything remains to be decided in Transatlantic Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

(January 17, 2022; Day 10) – Twenty-one teams are still in the running in the RORC Transatlantic Race for overall victory and to claim the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Racing under the IRC rating rule, the Comanche record has now set the bar for monohulls to beat. In the Atlantic, the battles for class honors and private duels are raging, and the race for final victory is far from over.

In the MOCRA class, the last multihull to finish is Antoine Rabaste’s 80-foot trimaran Ultim’emotion 2 (FRA), which yesterday crossed the finish line in Granada just before sunset (pictured below). above).

The Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN), with Joern Larsen at the helm, was 171nm from the finish at 0900 UTC and expected in Granada around 23:00 UTC. L4 Trifork is estimated to be 15 hours behind the corrected Comanche time under IRC. The Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL), skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, is currently third in class and should finish tomorrow.

L4 Trifork reported a reduction in wind speed to the RORC media team: “We got out of the light wind zone in the high pressure ridge which cost us a few miles in the standings. We can’t do much about it; we have to navigate the time given to us. Very comfortable sailing conditions and temperature, but of course we hope for some water on deck again.

A photo-finish is scheduled for two high-performance 50-footers battling for class honors 750 miles from the finish. While David Collins’ Botin IRC 52 Tala (GBR) is ranked first in its category, Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro (CH) leads on the water at just five miles. Both teams are expected to complete the race around noon UTC on January 20. Dominique Tian’s Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen (FRA) is just over 1,000 miles from the finish and is in third place in her class.

There is also good news from the dismasted Botin 56 Black Pearl, which made landfall in El Hierro in the Canary Islands after Stefan Jentzsch and his team sailed 800nm ​​to safety.

Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) is the provisional leader after the time correction, with Richard Palmer’s JPK 10.10 Jangada (GBR), racing two with Jeremy Waitt, in second. The crafty Jacques Pelletier finished third at the helm of his Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon (FRA). Andrew Hall’s Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) is leading on the water and is currently fourth in class.

IRC One proves to be the most competitive class in the race, with the four above vying for victory. The lead boats have now negotiated an area of ​​lighter winds and should soon reach full trade wind speed, promising a flourishing finish in Grenada on January 24th.

Ross Applebey contacted the RORC media team to set the scene aboard the Scarlet Oyster: “It took a week to get downwind; we don’t lack warm clothes at night, but the days are radiant. We begin to fantasize about what we will find on arrival: showers, fruit, fresh water and maybe rum!

“My hair looks like the fleece of a moorland sheep, but I declined the offer of the on-board hair clippers. The wildlife seen so far: tropical birds, flying fish, porpoises, dolphins and, at the dawn this morning, a juvenile whale – pilot, we think, thumping and having fun.”

Richard Palmer registered by e-mail from Jangada: “First of all, as many of you have seen, we had an intense battle with two boats, in particular Scarlet Oyster and L’Ange de Milon . Scarlet Oyster is very well sailed.

“It’s really hard to sail a boat with such a long waterline and such a low rating, but to be fair to Ross, they sail with serious intensity that we have to match. They are fully crewed and having met some of them before the start, they are very motivated to win! They will be difficult to match in the final stages of the race.

“Secondly, L’Ange de Milon is part of the elite of French sailing and the boat is a prototype of the formidable Sunrise, a JPK 11.80. Our mission is to keep the intensity in our navigation. If we really hit our targets, we seem to match and sometimes win the three-hour race update.

“However, that didn’t help when we had to lower our mainsail just before dark for what appeared to be a race-ending breakage. The gooseneck pin had pulled itself out; fortunately, a mainsail car had prevented it from fully pulling out and breaking apart. Took about an hour to fix using a strop on a pin winch. The nut has been requisitioned by Neptune and we can’t find any fittings to replace it!

MOCRA class:
In the head-to-head between two ORC50 trimarans, Quentin le Nabour’s Five Oceans (FRA), fully crewed, leads the Two-Handed team of GDD (FRA). The skipper of GDD, Halvard Mabire and his teammate Miranda Merron report: “Pretty unstable wind, two sail changes in quick succession, good training! Hot and sometimes sunny, quite a lot of grain monsters around. A privilege to run in hot climates in January!

The Gunboat 68 Tosca (USA), co-skippered by Ken Howery and Alex Thomson, is back in the running after making a pit stop in the Azores. “Ken, myself and the crew have had a lot of work preparing Tosca to finally make it to Granada,” confirmed Thomson. “The repairs have now been done and we are all really looking forward to going back! Thank you to all the Azores who have helped us over the past five days.

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The RORC Transatlantic Race 2022 started on January 8 for 256 sailors from 27 different countries. The record fleet of 30 boats set out from Lanzarote for the 3,000 nautical mile journey to Granada.

The multihull record is 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, 03 seconds set in 2015 by Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo 3, skippered by Brian Thompson.

The monohull record is 7 days, 22 h, 01 min, 04 sec, set in 2022 by the 100-footer VPLP Design/Verdier Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth.

Source: Louay Habib

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