Atlandic Annversary Regatta

Friday, 01 December 2017





Atlantic Anniversary Regatta 

incorporating the RORC Transatlantic Race


Calero Marinas - Marina Lanzarote, Arrecife, Canary Islands to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. Start: Saturday 25 November


800 miles of separation

Leg 1 of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta


Day 6 Race Update: 0900 UTC 30 November 2017


Broader View Hamburg

On day 6, a close battle is being played out between three youth offshore training boats: HVS's Haspa Hamburg & Broader View Hamburg and SKWV's Bank von Bremen © RORC/James Mitchell



Different strategies in tackling the complex weather scenario for the RORC Transatlantic Race have caused a huge spread in the fleet, with boats 800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, north to south. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi leads the fleet, gybing further south last night and covering 247 miles in the last 24 hours. CQS is under 2,000 miles from the finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. CQS is 150 miles ahead of Canadian 96ft Southern Wind Sorceress in the battle to win the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy for monohull line honours.


Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is estimated to be leading after IRC time correction, and has made a move south to punch through the high pressure ridge, along with Sorceress. For now, Jochen Bovenkamp's Marten 72 Aragon is continuing west, beating along the bottom of the low pressure system north of their position. The majority of the fleet are approximately 250 miles behind the leading pack. Two yachts have continued to beat into the low pressure system to the north of the rhumb line; Roman Guerra's Volvo 70 Monster Project and Johann von Eicken and Pit Brockhausen's German Swan 56 Latona.

Near the rhumb line, a close battle is raging between three German yachts of near-equal size; all of which are youth training vessels. Haspa Hamburg, owned by Hamburgischen Verein Seefahrt (HVS) and skippered by 21-year old Max Gärtner, leads on the water by just two miles from SKWV's Bank von Bremen skippered by 29-year old Alexander Beilken. Meanwhile, HVS's second boat in the race, Broader View Hamburg is estimated to lead the trio after IRC time correction. Fifty percent of the crew on the club's Andrews 56 are between 18 and 22 years and include skipper, Björn Woge's 19-year old son.


Haspa Hamburg

Haspa Hamburg is one of two boats operated by the German club HSV which gives young sailors the opportunity to race offshore. The boat competed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in Australia before being sailed back for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC/James Mitchell


Bank von Bremen

Bank von Bremen, the Bremen-based offshore training boat owned by SKWB will compete in both the west and eastbound legs of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta in celebration of NRV's 150th celebrations. © RORC/James Mitchell


Richard Palmer racing British JPK 10.10 Jangada Two Handed with Rupert Holmes. Satphone interview on day 6 of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race - Leg 1 Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. Code: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> 

Richard Palmer is racing British JPK 10.10 Jangada Two Handed with Rupert Holmes. The pair have thousands of short-handed sea miles between them and the RORC Transatlantic Race is the first race of a 7,000 mile programme of RORC racing, including the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. On day 6 of the race, Jangada was leading IRC Two, 2,350 miles from the finish.

"Go south 'till the butter melts, they say," commented Palmer by satphone. "As we sail away from the low pressure winds have eased to around 12kts and sea state is considerably calmer. We are now heading south, chasing the pack. IRC 2 rivals, Gemervescence passed 10nm ahead of us last night, but we felt it was too early to tack. So, we stood on to pick up the wind shift and hopefully pinch a few miles from their lead. Our duel with Gem' has an added twist as we have our own wager with them - first across the line wins a bottle of Rum! But our weather routing is trying to keep us north of the high pressure ridge to sail under a series of lows - 1,200nm of upwind sailing. More reminiscent of the north Atlantic route I did in the 2010 TWOSTAR and was definitely not in the brochure. Or do we battle through the light winds of the ridge and break into the tradewinds to the south? Fortunately, we have another day or two before we have to commit, so will watch the fleet ahead with interest. PS: Sir Admiral (Jangada's Penguin mascot) is looking slightly worried as the first bucket of flapjacks lasted for days. Maybe we'll snack more in the fine weather."


Experienced short-handed offshore sailors: Richard Palmer and Rupert Holmes on JPK 10.10 Jangada at the start of the race from Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell


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  • The westbound leg of the celebratory Atlantic Anniversary Regatta incorporates the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, an annual race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA)
  • The fleet will depart from Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 25th November 2017 and the 2,995 nautical mile race runs through the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to arrive at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada
  • Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas including the RORC Easter Challenge and IRC National Championship in the Solent
  • The club is based in St James' Place, London, but after a merger with The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes, now boasts a superb clubhouse facility at the entrance to Cowes Harbour and a membership of over 4000
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  • The AAR is a celebration of the jubilees of two of the most highly regarded sailing clubs in the world - the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg (150th anniversary) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) from Sardinia (50th anniversary)
  • It is an extraordinary series of events spanning a 9-month period between November 2017 and July 2018, connecting Grenada and Bermuda with the vibrant maritime metropolis of Hamburg
  • Starts: Westbound (Lanzarote - Grenada) - Saturday 25th November 2017, Eastbound (Bermuda - Hamburg) - Saturday 7th July 2018
  • It is the first regatta series to cross the Atlantic ocean twice, in both directions
  • The regatta is supported by: The Royal Ocean Racing Club; Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, International Maxi Class Association, Segler-Vereinigung Cuxhaven.
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  • The RORC has also been a leader in yacht handicap systems and in co-operation with the French offshore racing club, UNCL, created IRC - the principal yacht measurement system for the rating of racing yachts worldwide
  • The Spinlock IRC rating rule is administered jointly by the RORC Rating Office in Lymington, UK and UNCL Centre de Calcul in Paris, France
  • The RORC Rating Office is the technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and recognised globally as a centre of excellence for measurement. For Spinlock IRC rating information in the UK please see: and for IRC rating globally
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  • The International Maxi Association (IMA) represents owners of Maxi yachts worldwide
  • Recognised in 2010 as the World Sailing international class of Maxi yachts, the IMA has the exclusive right to organise World championships for Maxi yachts. The current President of the IMA is Thomas Bscher, the Secretary General is Andrew McIrvine, also Admiral of the Royal Ocean Racing Club
  • The IMA has been closely associated with the RORC Transatlantic Race since its inception. The IMA is registered in Geneva, has a base in Porto Cervo and an office in the UK, for rating and technical matters. It has two affiliated classes (Maxi 72s, and J Class) and one associated class (Wally Class). The IMA's function is to 'guide, structure and encourage maxi yacht racing worldwide
  • The IMA rule defines and categorises maxi yachts: it aims to embrace all maxi yachts and encourage any development that has a positive effect on the construction and performance of maxi yachts'



  • Calero Marinas has developed and manages three marinas in the Canary Islands, having accrued over 35 years' experience in the sector. The Canaries' warm climate and regular supply of breeze has lead Lanzarote to become a favourite training ground for offshore race teams, whilst the combination of good flight connections and easily available services has created a popular and reliable base for international sailors
  • Marina Lanzarote is the newest addition to the group with secure berthing for vessels of up to 60m LOA, a wide range of services and the advantage of having the city and maritime quarter within a few minutes' walk
  • The shipyard is equipped to hoist superyachts and the inclusion of deep keel pits in the yard's design was considered especially to meet the needs of transoceanic racing yachts
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  • Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is widely recognised to be one of the world's oldest and most prestigious yachting business names, with origins dating back to 1782
  • The company has specialised in marina and waterfront development for over 40 years and has provided services to clients in more than 25 countries worldwide. Projects range from small marinas through to developments of over 500 hectares
  • Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited, listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas currently operate marinas in Grenada, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey and the UK, with over 30 new projects currently under way all over the world
  • Owned and managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, Port Louis Marina has transformed Grenada's yachting facilities. Overlooking the historic capital St Georges and designed to reflect the traditional Creole architecture, the marina offers 159 berths, including 30 superyacht berths for vessels from 25m to 90m LOA, and up to 6m draft
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