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    Published on 01-18-2022 05:40 PM
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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

    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 ...
    Published on 01-15-2022 09:42 AM
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    January 15th, 2022 – At 01:51:41 local time (05:51:41 UTC, 06:51:41 Italian time), Maserati Multi70 was the first to cross the finish line of the 8th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in collaboration with Yacht Club de France.

    Skipper Giovanni Soldini sailed together with Vittorio Bissaro, Oliver Herrera Perez, Thomas Joffrin, ...
    Published on 01-14-2022 11:52 AM
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    DAY SEVEN - 14 JAN (0900 UTC)

    On the morning of the seventh day of the RORC Transatlantic Race news in from PowerPlay and Argo confirms they are in sight of each other, 500 miles from the finish. At dawn in Grenada on Saturday 15 January, a grandstand multihull finish is expected at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. The wounded beast Maserati is in third. Comanche is under 900 miles from Grenada and odds on for a new monohull race record. L4 Trifork, Phosphorus II and Jangada are estimated to ...
    Published on 01-13-2022 12:51 PM
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    DAY SIX - 13 JAN (0900 UTC)

    On the sixth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race a thrilling finish is shaping up for multihull line honours between PowerPlay, Argo and Maserati. The 100ft Maxi Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth is estimated to be over two days ahead of the monohull race record and win for the IMA Trophy for monohull line honours. All the crew are well on Black Pearl but there was sad news from the team mid-Atlantic. Plus, updates from Jangada ...
    Published on 01-12-2022 12:09 PM
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    Riding on a better pressure from the northwest, Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN), helmed by Joern Larsen, is reeling in the 100ft Maxi Comanche on day five of the RORC Transatlantic Race © Soren Wiegand/Aksel Magdhal/L4 Trifork

    DAY FIVE - 12 JAN (1200 UTC)

    The RORC Transatlantic Race enters the fifth day with the potential for a real twist of fate at the front of the RORC fleet. Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) still leads the multihulls, but as the first boat into an area of light winds, the ‘hunters’ are catching up with their prey. ...
    Published on 01-11-2022 12:22 PM
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    1,900 nm from Grenada -at 0900 UTC on day four of the RORC Transatlantic Race Comanche was doing 24 knots of boat speed! Drone shot credit: Shannon Falcone @racingSF

    DAY FOUR - 11 JAN (0900 UTC)

    Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) is over halfway and just two hours outside multihull race record pace. The 100ft Maxi Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth, is 1900 miles from Grenada and well inside monohull race record pace. The majority of the RORC fleet are north ...
    Published on 01-10-2022 01:09 PM
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    Standby period extended
    Still awaiting a favourable weather window, the Sails of Change team has decided to extend its standby period until the end of January: a very welcome extra fortnight due to the currently unfavourable situation in the Atlantic.

    Throughout the autumn, there hasn’t been a single opportunity to try to beat the round the world record under sail ...
    Published on 01-10-2022 11:04 AM
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    By sunset on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race the majority of the record fleet had raced into the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean leaving the Canary Islands in their wake. This would normally result in blasting southwest in the trade winds, but this year’s race has a very complex weather scenario for the days ...
    Published on 01-08-2022 10:07 PM
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    The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race started on time in glorious conditions outside Marina Lanzarote. A flotilla of spectator boats witnessed the spectacle and thousands more watched by live stream, with Vendée Globe star Pip Hare providing commentary. After months of preparation and planning, the 3,000nm race to Grenada has begun for 256 sailors from 27 different countries. The record fleet of 30 boats set off at blistering pace downwind, leaving Lanzarote behind. The RORC fleet will ...
    Published on 01-03-2022 12:47 PM
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    Maximilian Klink’s Swiss Botin 52 Caro is one of 30 boats competing in the 8th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The diverse fleet includes Two-Handed teams, past winners, America's Cup and round the world sailors, as well as corinthian teams and regular RORC racers - battling it out throughout the fleet as they race 3,000 nm across the Atlantic Ocean in one of the Royal Ocean Racing's longest races © ...
    Published on 12-22-2021 11:40 AM
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    Portuguese kite surfer Francisco Lufinha successfully crossed the Atlantic using only the power of kites to pull his small boat.

    Five days later, Lufinha was forced to make a technical stop in La Palma, in the Canary Islands, where he fixed malfunctions in his kite and made some minor adjustments to the boat.

    After resuming the journey, the Portuguese ocean explorer faced ...
    Published on 12-21-2021 10:42 AM
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    Dates for all eight stopovers, as well as a new Fly-By past Kiel, Germany, have now been confirmed for 14th edition of The Ocean Race

    “The updated course and schedule for The Ocean Race 2022-23 provides an intense six-months of racing around the world and will challenge the best sailors and teams in a way that only The Ocean Race can do,” said Phil Lawrence, the Race Director.

    “We have added the longest leg in the history of the event - taking ...
    Published on 12-08-2021 12:36 PM
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    The curtain falls on a very fine 2021 season for the Gitana Team

    Wednesday, 8 December 2021 - On 23 November, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier took the win in the Ultime category of the Transat Jacques Vabre with real panache, adding yet another victory to the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s list of achievements. Ultimately, it is on this success in Martinique that ...
    Published on 12-01-2021 12:10 PM
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    An insight into ‘green codes’.
    The situation in the South Atlantic was not offering the right conditions for Sails of Change to reach the Cape of Good Hope in around a dozen days. Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router for Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s team, discusses these meteorological uncertainties …

    Why have there been a succession of postponed starts for the Jules Verne Trophy record campaign?

    Sails of Change had favourable conditions to make rapid headway as far as Cape Frio (offshore of Rio de Janeiro). ...
    Published on 11-30-2021 01:02 PM
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    The last run on weather models did not gybe well with earlier predictions, so the maxi trimaran remains tethered to the dock ...
    Published on 11-30-2021 11:21 AM
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    The crew of Spindrift are code green and waiting for the next cycle of weather updates to confirm if the
    window of opportunity is solid enough to depart. The next update will be 6:00 PM UTC

    Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and all the team of the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change announced a switch to code yellow this morning within ...
    Published on 11-29-2021 11:21 PM
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    World Cruising Club are sad to report the death of crew member Max Delannoy on board the ARC yacht Agecanonix during the night of 26/27 November. The full circumstances of the incident are not known at this point.

    The three-man, all French crew, were sailing Agecanonix, an X-Yachts X4.3, as part of the ARC IRC Racing Division, and had opted for a course well to the north of the rhumb line route to Saint Lucia, aiming to avoid the light winds affecting ...
    Published on 11-29-2021 12:22 PM
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    The Class 40 victory has gone to Redman, co-skippered by Frenchman Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde Del Arco of Spain. Second place went to Banque Du Léman, third to Seafrigo-Sogestran.

    The pair, who started the race as one of the favourites, crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Monday morning. ...
    Published on 11-26-2021 10:13 AM
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    The crew of the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change postpones its departure
    Upon further analysis of the weather files, the Spindrift team has decided to postpone its departure for a fourth attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy. Indeed, the weather conditions in the South Atlantic are shaping up to be less appealing than those analysed on ...
    Published on 11-26-2021 09:49 AM
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    LinkedOut has taken victory in the IMOCA class, crossing the line in Martinique after 18 days 1 hour 21 minutes and 10 seconds of racing.

    Co-skippers Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière claimed their first race victory aboard this latest generation foiler thanks to a superbly sailed race that saw them lead for an extraordinary 72% of the race.

    Although the course was set at a theoretical distance of 5,800 miles the french pair actually covered 6,691.30 miles and averaged 15.44 knots.

    Thomas Ruyant speaking after crossing the line said, "I had a lot of fun on the water with Morgan. It's a great sporting experience, these are rare moments. This victory has been in the making for several months, for several years, thanks to the great team working on this project. A lot of things were done before the start. We were lucky enough to have a boat that was ultra-ready, in which we had confidence, on which we could pull, which we did not spare."

    Morgan Lagravière added, "It's a good moment, winning a race is always a pleasure. These are ...