Results taking shape for RORC Transatlantic Race
Published on January 18th, 2023
St George’s, Grenada (January 18, 2023) – Following the finish yesterday of Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL), which claimed line honors with an elapsed time of 08:23:37:07, four more monohulls completed the RORC Transatlantic Race in the space of just nine hours.
Runner-up for Monohull Line Honours was Scott Shawyer’s IMOCA Canada Ocean Racing (CAN) which finished the race in Grenada early this morning in an elapsed time of 9 days 12 hrs 26 mins and 16 secs.
“When we looked at the weather models before the start, there wasn’t a lot of difference between the routing south or north,” noted Shawyer. “So, our thinking through was how you differentiate yourself and make moves is by playing shifts and squalls to improve overall performance.
“I am relatively new to offshore racing and this is my first transatlantic. It was a great race and very well organized. I am able to do a ‘fake’ solo transatlantic back to Europe, so it really ticks lots of boxes. We had a fantastic time racing in a great group of boats and teams; the competition was incredible.”
The third monohull to cross the finish line was Swan 115 Jasi (SWE), skippered by Toby Clarke in an elapsed time of 9 days 14 hrs 43 mins 37 secs.
The Botin 56 Black Pearl (GER), with Stefan Jentsch at the helm was next, finishing the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 9 days 15 hrs 42 mins and 16 secs. The latest team to finish the race was Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine (FRA) in an elapsed time of 9 days 20 hrs 21 mins and 36 secs.
Teasing Machine (above) also leads the IRC overall results.
“For me this is probably the most amazing race I have done; downhill all the way; fast paced and non-stop,” said de Turckheim. “It’s just amazing to be able to charge at a constant 20-22 knots for 9 days. This weather is magic.
“Arriving at the finish line I was highly emotional, almost crying because it was not individuality which gave us success in the RORC Transatlantic Race, it was because of an incredibly good team with extraordinarily good team spirit.”
The 9th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started January 8 from the Spanish island of Lanzarote of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, with 21 entries racing under the IRC and MOCRA Rating Rules competing on the 3,000 nm course to Grenada.
Multihull elapsed record is 5 days 5 hours 46 mins 26 secs set in 2023 by Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70.
Monohull elapsed record is 7 days, 22 hrs, 01 mins, 04 secs set in 2022 by the 100ft VPLP Design/Verdier Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth.