Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster GETSEASMART 728x90

RORC Transatlantic Race: Day 2 - Escape from the Canaries

by Louay Habib 25 Nov 2018 13:17 GMT 25 November 2018
Enjoying a duel through the Canary Islands: Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay and Giovanni Soldini's Multi 70 Maserati RORC Transatlantic Race © Mikel Prieto

Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi 70 and Peter Cunningham's MOD 70 PowerPlay have been swapping the multihull lead right from the start. On the first day, the duo headed northwest, tacking southwest in unison, 73 miles above the rhumb line.

A night-time game of cat and mouse ensued, with both teams electing to leave the island of La Palma to port, presumably to avoid the wind shadow from its 2,000m peak. At 1000 UTC on Day 2, both trimarans were heading southwest, upwind at over 13 knots of boat speed. The race was on to escape the expanding area of high pressure and reach the fresh breeze.

International Maxi Association member Pier Luigi Loro Piana, racing Italian Supermaxi My Song, led the monohull fleet by 28 miles from Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3. Both yachts chose to sail close to the north shore of Tenerife this morning. Kuka3 navigator, Andrea Caracci spoke from on board at 1000 UTC:

"We made a good start and as planned, we went to the north last night looking for good pressure and found good stable wind, but with a maximum of 18 knots we did have to make three head sail changes," commented Andrea. "This morning we have seen the breeze go to the south and decrease in wind speed to 10 knots. We expect the wind speed to fade during today and we hope to get some enhancement in the channel between Tenerife and La Palma. All is good on board."

In the Class40 Division, Catherine Pourre's Eärendil and Henrik Bergesen's Hydra were battling for the lead. After racing northwest during the first day, Eärendil was the first to tack in the early hours of this morning and has taken the class lead. Trevor Middleton's British Sunfast 3600 Black Sheep is the most northerly of the fleet and looks to be in good pressure and is well placed in the IRC fleet.

The RORC Transatlantic Race fleet have experienced better than forecast conditions for the first 24 hours of the race, however, the ridge of high pressure is expected to come into play for the second day. Whilst the wind speed will undoubtedly fall, keeping the boat speed at maximum could be a winning strategy. Once the teams reach the new breeze, solid trade winds are forecast for days to come.

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race moves to January from 2021
The most significant of a number of subtle changes to the event This date change is the most significant of a number of subtle changes the RORC is making to its Season Points Championships, which includes making the Rolex Middle Sea Race the first points race in the Championships. Posted on 14 Jan
RORC Transatlantic Race overall
Jangada is first two-handed team to win the antique silver trophy Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada was presented with the RORC Transatlantic Trophy in Grenada at a ceremony and prize-giving banquet held at Camper & Nicholsons Victory Bar and Restaurant. Posted on 12 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 17 update
Pata Negra - all smiles in Grenada Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Andy Lis, finished the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race on Monday 09 December in an elapsed time of 15 days 22 hrs 58 mins 13 secs. Posted on 9 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 14 update
Dark Shadow shines in Grenada French Wally 100 Dark Shadow finished the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 13 days 9 hours 11 mins and 3 secs. Dark Shadow was sailed by Andre Auberton-Herve (FRA) and skippered by Yerin Hobson (AUS). Posted on 7 Dec 2019
Childhood 1 wins IMA Trophy
Childhood 1 crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Swedish VO65 Childhood 1, skippered by Bouwe Bekking, has taken Line Honours in the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race. Posted on 5 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 11
All set to welcome the early finishers Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada is all set to welcome the early finishers in the RORC Transatlantic Race. VO65 Childhood 1 is expected to finish on Wednesday 4th December and will win the IMA Trophy for Monohull Line Honours. Posted on 3 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 9
Childhood's deep dive south has paid dividends Whilst all of the competing yachts are south of the rhumb line in the RORC Transatlantic Race, there is over 900nm of latitudinal separation in the fleet. Jangada is furthest north and Childhood 1 furthest south. Posted on 1 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 5
All of the teams are south of the rhumb line After five days into the RORC Transatlantic Race the international fleet is experiencing shifty conditions with a light to moderate wind oscillating between nor' east and east. Posted on 27 Nov 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 2
Racing into the wild blue yonder The 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race is now into the second day with the entire fleet anticipated to leave the Canary Islands and head into the remote Atlantic Ocean on Sunday 24 November. Posted on 25 Nov 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race under way
Farewell Lanzarote! The 6th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race got under way on time with the fleet starting from outside Marina Lanzarote at 1100 UTC on Saturday 23 November, 2019. Posted on 23 Nov 2019