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(January 21, 2022; Day 14) – At 0900 UTC, over 30 knots of trade winds in the Atlantic greeted the 15 teams still racing in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race. The last teams to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race are the Volvo 70 HYPR (ESP) skippered by Jens Lindner and Halvard Mabire’s ORC50 GDD (FRA) in a two-man race with Miranda Merron.

The Mylius 60 Lady First III (FRA) and the Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen (FRA) are expected today.

The modified Volvo 70 HYPR is the fifth Maxi to complete, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 12 days 8 hours 29 minutes and 48 seconds. The 16-person crew included the race’s youngest competitor, 18-year-old Filip Henriksson.

“Our finish time is very disappointing for us because on the first night we broke the tack line of our A3 so we couldn’t use the sail anymore and that must have affected our whole race,” explained HYPR’s Lindner. . “Without the A3, we couldn’t really go north, so we tried to squeeze through the high, but we couldn’t keep up the speed and we lost contact with our competitors.

“With five professional crews and 11 Corinthians, the important objective was to get here safely, and we did that. I think they all had a great experience and 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 Granada and we have been very well received here.

Halvard Mabire’s ORC50 GDD (FRA) completed the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 12 days 15 hours 45 minutes 35 seconds. Running with Miranda Merron, GDD is the first two-man team to finish the race. Halvard is hoping to qualify for this year’s Route du Rhum and the 3,000nm race offers valuable qualifying miles and the opportunity to test the brand new boat.

“GDD is very comfortable, perfect for an old man like me to run the Route du Rhum alone! Halvard joked. “GDD flies a hull easily and at times in the race we were very fast. We also found a few areas to work on, particularly the bar, but it was a great opportunity.

Merron returns to the Atlantic after finishing the Vendée Globe in their IMOCA 60. The duo are no strangers to Grenada as they were the first double-handed crew to finish the race in 2016 in their Class40 Campagne de France.

“This race was quite difficult for just two people, but also very rewarding,” commented Merron. “Halvard and I are delighted to be back in Grenada. Since racing here in 2016, we have been back several times. We are delighted to be here. We have made friends over the years and we really look forward to reuniting with them and visiting this beautiful island again.”

IRC One in a big breeze
Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) is ranked first in her class, 483 miles from Grenada. Jack Pelletier’s Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon (FRA) leads the class on the water with 367 miles to go and is ranked second after the IRC time correction.

Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada (GBR), in a two-man race with Jeremy Waitt, is ranked third in IRC One. The pair still have 642 miles to go, or to put it into perspective, roughly the same distance as a Rolex Fastnet Race, after 14 days of racing.

“The last 24 hours have been lively, jibing downwind, picking up cloud shifts and gusts of up to 30 knots and rain,” the duo said. “Jangada stays fast, but safe and manageable in stronger winds. We are disappointed to see that our rivals are taking the lead. Unfortunately for us they just seem to have more wind judging by the speed of the boat and we are struggling to keep up. On a positive note, we were treated to some spectacular rainbows.

Since the start, seven of the 23 monohulls and six of the seven multihulls have finished, two of the monohulls having retired.

Race details – Entry list – Tracker

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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