RORC Transatlantic Race Day 7
RORC Transatlantic Race Day 7 – Very close multihulls, with damaged Maseratis
by Louay Habib Jan 14 15:02 UTC
January 14, 2022
On the morning of the seventh day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, news from PowerPlay and Argo confirms that they are in sight of each other 500 miles from the finish.
At dawn on Saturday January 15 in Granada, a grandstand multihull finish is expected at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. The injured beast Maserati is third. Comanche is less than 900 miles from Grenada and is betting on a new monohull record. L4 Trifork, Phosphorus II and Jangada are believed to be leading their IRC classes and Volvo 60 Challenge Ocean news, pushing as hard as anyone.
Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) still leads by a hair’s breadth for honors in the multihull line. Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (USA) came within half a mile of PowerPlay. Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70 (ITA) has been revealed to have lost the ability to foil completely after damaging, then losing, its port rudder. Argo also has damage to the port rudder. The three trimarans are chasing the finish at high speed, at over 30 knots of boat speed.
Paul Larsen from PowerPlay contacted the RORC Media team at 09:00 UTC on Day 7. (Note: Due to the carbon fiber sails on PowerPlay they have no tracking data on the port jibe and do not have saw Argo or Maserati coming until they are visual from the bridge.):
“Argo came in hot from the east; we managed to cross them by about half a mile. Tom (Dawson) and Giles (Scott) went to work with Miles (Seddon) and the decision was made to go agree with them. We are one reef in and constantly in the 30s (boat speed). On the starboard gybe, we received comms and quickly checked our position. As things stand, it looks like we will cross also Maserati We effectively have a new race start now with around 500 miles to go Everyone pumped and PowerPlay is at 100% It’s been a belt of a race already Looks like it’s going to be like this until the end 🙂 The blue bus is still the hunted, but the dogs are everywhere.”
CRI Super Zero
The 100 foot Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth is 868 miles from the finish (0900 UTC 14 JAN). The Comanche are expected to finish the race around dawn on Monday, January 17. Comanche is on the verge of winning the monohull racing record double and the IMA trophy for monohull line honors and at 1200 UTC, Will Oxley reported in:
“All is well aboard the mighty Comanche. We managed to negotiate the light ridge on the 13th and are now heading towards Grenada in good trade wind conditions. The draw for the finish times is underway, the biggest losers having a fairly wide helm Bill. Discussions on board turned to post-race activities with plans for an “intergalactic cats off the beach challenge” between all of the Comanche crew! The head organizer, Mitch, seems to be inventing more and more complicated rules to make sure this is a can’t-miss event.”
After IRC time correction, the Volvo 70 LF Trifork (DEN) with Joern Larsen at the helm is estimated to lead the IRC Super Zero. Comanche is ranked second with Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL) third.
Mark Emerson’s A13 Phosphorus II (GBR) is still estimated to lead the class after IRC time correction. Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro (CH) leads the class on the water with 1,460 miles to go. David Collins’ Botin 52 Tala (GBR) is ranked third after IRC time correction, just ahead of Dominique Tian’s Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen (FRA).
Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada (GBR), racing two-up with Jeremy Waitt, is still estimated to be leading the class after the IRC time correction. However, Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) reduced the margin to just over four hours after the IRC time correction. The tallest climber in the class is Jacques Pelletier’s Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon (FRA). Taking the northern route around a low pressure system paid off. The Ange de Milon is now leading the class on the water, 1,788 miles from Granada and fighting for the class podium.
Jangada contacted the RORC media team at 1600 UTC on January 13 after spending days on the port side at a 20 degree heel angle. “Lee-Ho! – Starboard life! Life in the galley is much easier now on the companionway. We don’t need to strap in. Coffee pots stay in the cupboard and envelopes don’t slip off. not on the floor. The sink drain has stopped gurgling now that the hull side is in the water. On the other side of the boat, life in the navigator’s seat is a little better, we don’t no longer need to sit here in our wet weather gear when the water is cascading over the deck, the sun is shining, we are sailing straight to Grenada at 8 knots.
The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race attracts a wide variety of teams ranging from the world’s best professional sailors to high-tech boat racing, crewed classic designs to passionate Corinthians, and everything in between. The Volvo 60 Challenge Ocean (FRA) is skippered by Valdo Dhoyer. The crew is a mix of professional sailors with guests. Amateur sailors take part in their “bucket-list” race by giving it their all. Challenge Ocean contacted the RORC from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean:
“That’s our shout out for day six of the RORC Transatlantic Race. The front is behind us, plunging with a northerly flow almost direct to Grenada, 1,900 miles away. The sun is back, it’s It’s time to dry off. The next few days will be above all a speed race. Concentration under the spinnaker will be required for the helmsmen. Places to win or lose, it’s up to us… Fair winds!”
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