CQS takes Transatlantic Race line honors
Published on December 6th, 2017
(December 6, 2017; Day 12) – Ludde Ingvall’s Australian Maxi CQS finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race today to take Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days 00 hrs 03 mins 08 secs. CQS committed to a southerly route on day one for the 3,000 nautical mile race and despite sustaining sail damage in a vicious 40 knot squall, the canting keel 98ft Maxi led from start to finish.
Ingvall is no stranger to taking line honours in prestigious offshore races, twice taking the honour in both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This was Ludde Ingvall’s 16th transatlantic.
“We have had a fantastic trip, even though the slow start meant we didn’t have a fast race, but I love it,” remarked Ingvall. “It is great to be back in the Atlantic and especially nice to be first. Much more fun than being last!
“We have a young crew on board and it is especially rewarding to give them this chance and ‘pass it on’. Sailing is an amazing sport, but big boat opportunities for young sailors are few and they did really well. Just think, we have eight nationalities on one boat and everybody was focused on the same finish line. We worked as a team, looked after each other and it was tough at times.”
CQS Crew: Skipper Ludde Ingvall; Co-Skipper Kenneth Thelen; Logan Andresen; Martyn Baker; Philip Barnard; Hans-Christoph Brumberg; Charles Egerton-Warburton; Robin Elsey; James Espey; Liam Gardner; Paul Heyrman; David Kenefick; Rokas Milevicius; James Oxenham; Malcolm Paine, and James Tomlinson.
CQS has now set the bar for the best corrected time under IRC for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. The defending champion, Marten 72 Aragon, skippered by Jochen Bovenkamp and Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump are likely to be the next yachts to finish.
The Maxis have close company from two high-performance offshore racing yachts, Tilmar Hansen’s German Elliott 52 Outsider and the provisional overall leader, Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. All four yachts are expected to finish the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Friday December 8.
The fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started November 25 at Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands with a record 23 teams racing 3,000 nm to Grenada, West Indies.