Transatlantic Race Results >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(January 24, 2022; Day 17) – With a chance of winning the overall RORC Transatlantic Race title, the finish time of Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) last night nearly dislodged the Maxi Comanche from 100 feet but is virtually guaranteed to win IRC One.
As of 09:00 UTC today, 21 teams had completed the race, including Mark Emerson’s A13 Phosphorus II (GBR), Jack Pelletier’s Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon (FRA), Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) by Andrew Hall and the Oyster Scarlet (GBR). ).
Scarlet Oyster completed the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 15 days 7 hours 30 minutes 44 seconds and after the IRC time correction is second to Comanche by just over an hour. Scarlet Oyster has a tiny 115 second lead over David Collins’ Botin 52 Tala.
“It’s pretty amazing that after over 3,000 miles of racing, three totally different boats from three different classes have IRC time correction within an hour of each other!” Applebey exclaimed. “We are quite happy. It was obviously tight with Comanche and that played on our minds for the second half of the race. We did everything we could, so no regrets.
“The RORCs managed to put their own twist on a transat, with all kinds of weather and angles; it was a bit like a Fastnet! This race was more interesting because of that and we were constantly watching the stopwatch, obsessively chasing speed. This was my 20th crossing but my first time doing this event. One thing is for sure, it was a very competitive race, which was quite a challenge – that’s what the Scarlet Oyster team wants for yacht racing.
Mark Emerson’s 43ft Archambault A13 Phosphorus II (GBR) finished the race yesterday in an elapsed time of 14 days 15:18:47, with a new boat speed record of 26 knots, but that was a complex race as Mark Emerson explains: “Phosphorus is doing well, I can’t say that we are doing anything different, sometimes we just have breaks. The crew sailed very well together and as skipper and owner, with each passing race, I learned a lot.
“Racing this boat across the Atlantic is as much a physical challenge as it is mental, we had 400,000 calories on board! There is always someone 24/7 at the back of the boat; I even did my part! From a mental point of view it was a complicated race and after the third day we didn’t receive any weather forecast.
“I think we did pretty well with the first low pressure system, but it didn’t go so well in the last few days because we had light winds. It’s been a strange race, although you can’t see any of the competitions, you know everyone was living in different conditions that were changing all the time.
Andrew Hall’s Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) finished the race yesterday in an elapsed time of 15 days 2 hours 2 minutes 8 seconds. Pata Negra is seeded third in IRC One but will likely be replaced by Jangada later today.
“We had a good ding-dong battle with L’Ange de Milo for quite a long time,” Pata Negra boat captain Chris Jackson said. “It’s amazing the number of times we crossed paths during the race. However, we began to run out of sails (damage) and eventually our bowsprit broke.
“The race was great fun and very competitive, but after the bowsprit it was just dead white sail downwind for a long time, but we’re here and still smiling. Pata Negra has a spare bowsprit coming in Antigua before the RORC Caribbean 600, so we are 100% ready for the next race.
Due to COVID restrictions in France, L’Ange de Milon traveled to Martinique after finishing the race. Jacques Pelletier thanked RORC race director Steve Cole for a great race as the team crossed the finish line. Eight teams are still racing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Since the start, 16 of the 23 monohulls and 6 of the 7 multihulls have finished, 2 of the monohulls having retired.
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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 hours, 01 minutes, 04 seconds set in 2022 by the 100-footer VPLP Design/Verdier Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth.
Source: Louay Habib