Battles in the RORC Transatlantic Race

Thursday, 07 December 2017



RACE UPDATE:  7 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


Battles in the RORC Transatlantic Race

Day 13 0800 UTC 07 December 2017 



21 yachts are still racing in the RORC Transatlantic Race. At 0800 UTC on the 13th day, Jochen Bovenkamps's Marten 72 Aragon was 273 miles from the finish and estimated to arrive at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina around midnight local time on Thursday 7th December. The ETA for Teasing Machine, Sorceress and Outsider is Friday 8th December.


Aragon in 2016 race

2016 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy winner, the Dutch Marten 72 Aragon is scheduled to finish around midnight (local time) on Thursday 7 Dec © RORC/Arthur Daniel


Line Honours winner, Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS will be awarded the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy later today. CQS has also set the IRC corrected time to beat for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. In IRC Zero, Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is expected to finish well inside the required time to lead the race overall.


In IRC One, three German yachts, just over 1,000 miles from the finish in Grenada, are vying for the class win: Björn Woge's Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg, Friedrich Boehnert's Xp50 Lunatix, and von Eicken and Brockhausen's Swan 56 Latona. All three yachts have fathers and sons on board; Latona has three generations of the von Eicken Family. Father and son, Bene and Björn Woge on Broader View Hamburg, contacted the media team via satellite:


"A few days ago we saw whales really close by (a little scary to be honest) and every now and then some dolphins kept us company. Night sailing is really impressive as we are chased by a trail of glowing plankton which looks beautiful. During the night we have a light that shines into our sails for us to see, but it also attracts flying fish. We have to clear our boat regularly from dead fish on deck. It's hard to describe just how enormous the Atlantic really is. The surrounding is pretty much the same now as it was on the second day - water! But never the less, we are we looking forward to sailing well and maybe even leading the father-son challenge. We are looking good right now."


Life at sea: Just over 1,000 nmiles to run for Björn and Bene Woge, father and son on Broader View Hamburg owned by Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt e.V Germany

An area of high pressure has effected all boats racing in IRC Two. Richard Palmer's JPK 10.10 Jangada racing Two-Handed with Rupert Holmes, has built a formidable class lead after time correction. However, Jangada has a gentlemen's wager with Gemervescence, skippered by RORC Commodore Steven Anderson and co-skipper Jane Anderson. The wager for a bottle of rum will be won by the first to finish the race. Currently Jangada leads on the water, but Gemervescence looks to have taken a better line through the high pressure and is closing the gap. In the Multihull Class, Gerald Bibot's Belgian Catamaran Zed 6 gybed northwest yesterday morning and is now less than 1,000 miles from Grenada.


In the Class40 Division, Mathias Mueller von Blumencron's Red has regained the lead from Berthold and Tobias Brinkmann's MarieJo. The two German yachts have been enjoying an intense battle with the lead changing hands on at least three occasions. Red is now just 5 miles ahead of MarieJo. Both yachts are expected to continue a high-speed match race right to the finish. 


Red Class40

Class40 Red at the start of the race in Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell


Here is a summary of Red's blog sent via satellite, depicting life on board:


"A zone of squalls approached from the east and we tried to avoid the worst clouds with gybes. Heavy wind shifts too. We were managing to go further south, on port with amazing favourite compass readings for us. Very tactical sailing. These clouds can be very, very ugly. The Maxi CQS experienced 40 knots of breeze; we know that mode too. On the other side, the clouds can bring fortunate breezes if you approach them from the correct angle. Now we see how all this influences our position in the competition. Unfortunately, we have little room to gybe further south again as we are almost on the layline to the finish. Grenada is 940 miles ahead - one and a half Fastnet races away - with the difference that it's a downhill slide only. The last day was easy sailing, 16 to 20 knots of breeze, a relaxing ride with our big spi. Today should evolve similarly. From tomorrow afternoon the sprint to the finish begins. Wind will increase up to 22 knots, the deck will be wet again, the noise under deck is like on a motorboat at full speed. At night it will be pitch black as the moon rises now at midnight and in two days, not even that."


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Closing the gap. In IRC Two, a bottle of rum is at stake between Steven Anderson, RORC Commodore on his cutter Gemervescence and Richard Palmer's Two Handed JPK 10.10 Jangada © RORC/James Mitchell


Teasing Machine


A Friday finish for 2016 Commodores' Cup winner, Eric de Turckheim at the helm of his 54ft Teasing Machine at the start of the 4th RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC/James Mitchell


Broader View in Lanzrote

Hoping to win the father-son challenge going on between several German yachts in the fleet with family members on board - Broader View Hamburg, owned by Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt e.V Germany and skippered by Björn Woge, racing with his son Benedikt on board the Andrews 56 © 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


  • 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
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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
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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
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  • 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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