Multihull clash for the RORC 2022 transatlantic race –


Registrations are still open for the 2022 Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Transatlantic Race, departing from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on Saturday January 8, 2022.

In association with the International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Yacht Club de France, more than 20 teams are expected to cover the 3,000 mile course across the Atlantic Ocean to Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada.

The race will feature three 70-foot (21m) trimarans, with the strong possibility that Antoine Rabaste’s 80-foot (24-meter) Ultim’Emotion 2 will also be in action. The RORC Transatlantic Race multihull record was set in 2015 by Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo 3. Skippered by Briton Brian Thompson, Phaedo 3 completed the race in 5 days 22 hours 46 minutes 03 seconds.

For the 2022 RORC transatlantic race, Brian Thompson will ride on Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (USA). This will be Thompson’s third RORC transatlantic race and having won with Phaedo 3 in 2016 he has always been part of the winning team.

“The previous two races have been thrilling, with very close races with Concise 10 (now PowerPlay) and Maserati,” commented Thompson. “The Atlantic is the holy grail of multihulls, but you know it will always be difficult at the start to escape the Canaries.

“The first night can be really intense; it should be treated as a race to enter the trade winds. Someone might have a 10 mile lead at this point and strategically there are options. Often times going north looks good on the route, but you can get boat breakage conditions. If there is a good breeze to the south, it is the more traditional downwind route, not a boat breaker.

Brian Thompson believes that multiple entries will change the dynamic from previous RORC Transatlantic Race games. “The boat behind will always try to break away from the leaders and the boat in front will have to decide who to cover. “The race tracker will also come into play, with teams choosing to step right after an update. If the data is only updated every four hours, there could be 240 miles of separation between the boats, and this movement would be very difficult to cover.

“The other dynamic to take into consideration is that all boats have developed in different ways, particularly with their ability to foil.

Brian Thompson will race Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (USA) for his third RORC transatlantic race. Photo – Carlo Borlenghi / Rolex

Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70 (ITA) is a fully flying foil configuration, capable of lifting all three hulls out of the water. Maserati first competed in the RORC Transatlantic Race in 2016, finishing second behind Phaedo 3. In 2018, after a thrilling race with Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay, Maserati crossed the finish line in Granada with just 45 minutes to go. ‘advance, after more than 6 days of high speed racing. .

“This race will be fantastic,” Soldini said. “It will be a very interesting race. The competition has been optimized for more versatile conditions. The goal for Maserati has always been to make the boat fly in the ocean. The best conditions for Maserati are good wind but not too much sea state. “Our foils have a lot of wet surface and they are quite heavy, but when we fly over the waves we are very happy because it is so fast! It will be fantastic to race against PowerPlay and Argo. When we ran PowerPlay (2018) most of the time we were within 500 yards of each other!

Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay finished second behind Maserati in the 2018 edition, but was the MOCRA winner after time correction. PowerPlay has been based in Europe for two years, but will return to the Caribbean with the aim of also participating in the RORC Caribbean 600 2022.

Giovanni Soldini and Peter Cunningham with their trophies at an awards ceremony.
Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70 and Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay competed in the 2018 edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race and will be back for the next edition from January 2022. Photo – Arthur Daniel / RORC

“It’s going to be quite a challenge and we all have slightly different setups now so it should be a really competitive race,” commented Cunningham, who has lived in the Cayman Islands for many years. “There is a great rivalry between the three teams. It’s always exciting to go 35-40 knots in the Atlantic and when you’re racing against really good teams it’s a lot of fun. “The RORC Transatlantic Race is the start of a Caribbean racing season between us as we all plan to compete in the RORC Caribbean 600 and other regattas.”

Twenty teams are currently entered in the RORC Transatlantic Race, including high performance monohulls, classic yachts, performance cruisers and two-man teams. The RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy will be awarded to the best sailboat after correction of the IRC time. The IMA Trophy will reward the best time corrected under IRC for sailboats 60 feet and over.

The smallest yacht entered to date is the winner of the 2019 general classification, the JPK 1010 Jangada of Richard Palmer, which will race in doubles with Jeremy Waitt. The best rated boats under IRC are two Volvo 70s; Telefonica Black and HYPR by Lance Shepherd, skippered by Jens Lindner. Other high performance racing boats entered include the IRC 56 Black Pearl (unfinished business from last year’s race), piloted by Stefan Jentzsch, with Maximilian Klink’s Botin 52 Caro and the Botin IRC 52 Tala by David Collins.

The Angel De Milon sails towards the camera, upwind, in a lot of choppy water.  Crew in yellow rain gear leaning to the side.
Pending better conditions in the Canaries and the Caribbean, the crew of Jacques Pelletier’s 41 L’Ange De Milon. Photo – James Tomlinson /

Proven RORC race winners include Jacques Pelletier Milon 41 L’Ange De Milon, J / 122E Juno from Christopher Daniel, Mylius 60 Lady First 3 from Jean-Pierre Dreau, Lombard 46 Pata Negra from Andrew Hall, Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster from Ross Applebey, Ker 46 from Dominique Tian Tonnerre from Glen.

Classic yacht races include Alain Moatti’s 118-foot Fife Sumurun, Remy Gerin’s Faiaoahe and Baptiste Garnier’s Eugenia V.

Scarlet Oyster's red hull riding a wave while cruising upwind with land and another yacht in the background.
Ross Applebey’s proven RORC race winner – Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster. Photo – Paul Wyeth /

The RORC 2022 transatlantic race will start from Marina Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Since the first race in 2014, the Calero family has been extremely proactive in supporting them, as José Juan Calero, CEO of Calero Marinas explains:

“It’s going to be a great opportunity; we have a bit of everything from large multihulls, to performance racers, to classic boats and smaller boats. It’s great to have this strain that focuses on racing across the Atlantic. Thanks to our three marinas in Lanzarote and La Palma, we welcome around a thousand boats that cross the Atlantic each year and the service and facilities at Calero Marinas are perfectly designed for this race.

“The determination and passion of RORC and Calero Marinas have made this race the success it is and the whole team is very excited to welcome all boats to Lanzarote.”

José Juan Calero speaking with a microphone at an event.
A long-time supporter of the RORC Transatlantic Race РJos̩ Juan Calero, General Manager of Calero Marinas. Photo РJames Mitchell / RORC

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