FKG Rigging to sponsor ‘Sprint’ around St. Barts in Caribbean Multihull Challenge IV.

By Herb McCormick – It’s a partnership made in heaven—the heavenly island of St. Maarten in the beautiful blue Caribbean, that is. The Caribbean Multihull Challenge IV has announced that the event has teamed up with FKG Marine Rigging and Fabricating NV (www.fkgmarine.com), which will now sponsor one of the regatta’s most innovative races: the FKG Caribbean 60-Mile Multihull Sprint. The race, open to the CMC’s top Grand Prix catamarans and trimarans, is set up for the ideal point of sail for the world’s top multihulls: a power reach in the easterly tradewinds from St. Maarten, around St. Barts, and back.

“It’s an exciting thing for us to do,” said FKG’s Chris Marshall, one of the firm’s principals. “It’s one thing to sponsor an entire event, but it is easy to get lost in the shuffle. This is a targeted sponsorship, concentrating on the most technically advanced vessels in the fleet, which we thought appropriate for FKG and its business. FKG has a similar targeted sponsorship with the Caribbean 600, for which we sponsor a prize for the first multihull and monohull to reach St. Maarten on the course. Both of these targeted sponsorships fit in really nicely with our objectives.”

Among those objectives, Chris said, was to offer services to faster, bigger, high-tech yachts—the kind of performance cats and tris that are a staple of the CMC. “When we purchased FKG in 2017, we really wanted to upgrade our level of service, to upgrade our technology, and to develop the larger vessel market. Now, we’re part of Rig Pro and the North Technology Group, and we’re an authorized service provider for companies like Southern Spars, Hall Spars, Future Fibers, Marten Spars, Nordic Masts and other industry leaders. This development has allowed us to work with bigger, faster boats with more up-to-date technology, like high-tech carbon racers. This commitment to expanding into this business segment is one reason, in particular, we wanted to sponsor the FKG Sprint.”

A longtime Caribbean sailor, Chris sees a lot of potential in the FKG Sprint. “It’s power reaching,” he said. “Depending on the wind direction, the contenders might have to do a little beating to get around St. Barts. But these boats go so fast with the apparent wind that they might be able to do it on one reach up and back. And then it’s going to be a screaming reach between St. Barts and St. Maarten. They should come in surfing quite nicely. It’s going to be a great event to watch.”

And, of course, in preparing for the race—or if something happens and repairs need to be made during it—FKG will be a great resource for the competitors. “We can provide any sort of emergency repairs,” Chris said. “We have very experienced riggers who’ve worked on many of the biggest race boats. We can do splicing work and carbon repair. We have all the high-end, light weight, low stretch cordage. We’re a dealer for most of the big names like Harken, Lewmar and Spinlock. So if there’s damage or breakage, things like that, we’re here to make sure the contenders can stay in the event and keep racing.”

What’s the old saying: win/win? That’s the end result of the partnership with the Caribbean Multihull Challenge and FKG.

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club is delighted to publish the Notice of Race for the 2022 Valentine’s Regatta.

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Notice of race is a available here.

The Skippers brief will be held at the JHYC office or in the area nearby in the open air.

The prize giving location will be confirmed before or at the Skippers brief.

Due to the expected size of the fleet, under the current protocols, there is not a venue which is large enough to host our usual social activities. In addition, with the current spread of Covid it would not be appropriate to try and have everyone in a single location. There are a number of restaurants/bars within Jolly Harbour where the Fleet can spread out and not overcrowd one venue.

Yachts may wish to book tables for evening meals. Please don’t block book and then not turn up. This would reduce the opportunities for other people to dine out and deny the venue(s) valuable revenue. We will be seeking locations to display the results of the days racing around the venues and these locations will be confirmed nearer the time or again at the Skippers brief.

The Jolly Harbour Marina and Boatyard are kindly offering 3 nights free berthing (not including utilities) to visiting competitors of the Regatta. Please contact the Marina directly (+1 268 462-6041).

May we wish everyone pleasant and competitive sailing,

Controlling the Animal – L4 Trifork arrives in Grenada RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 11

At sunset on the tenth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the modified Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 9 days 10 hrs 27 mins and 58 secs. L4 Trifork is the second monohull to finish the race and the first of three 70-foot hi-tech ocean racers. L4 Trifork’s IRC corrected time is not enough to beat the 100ft Maxi Comanche (CAY) for the overall lead.

The L4 Trifork team had a warm welcome at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, as every boat can expect in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Marina Manager Zara Tremlett and her staff provided ice cold beers and the Grenada Tourism Authority, represented by Chinel Sandy, presented L4 Trifork’s Joern Larsen with a basket of Grenada produce to welcome the team to Grenada. Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the IMA and RORC Race Officer Steve Cole were also on hand to congratulate the team.

“It is a relief to get here (Grenada) and the race has been an absolute pleasure. It is the first time I have been to Grenada and it warms my heart to have presents from local people, we love it.” says Joern Larsen on L4 Trifork © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Team L4 Trifork for the RORC Transatlantic Race: Bouwe Bekking, Jens, Dolmer Søren Kristensen, Joern Larsen, Aksel Magdahl, Juan Pablo, Marcos Totto, Klaes Meier-andersen Stefano Nava, Simbad Quiroga, Joca Signorini © Arthur Daniel/RORC

“It has been a long ride and we have had all kinds of weather along the way, especially when we went north into cold weather and up to 38 knots of wind,” commented Joern Larsen. “It is a relief to get here and the race has been an absolute pleasure. In total with this trip we have raced 4,000 miles in under 10 days and next we will do the RORC Caribbean 600. The boat is now part of the Trifork family. We take out Trifork employees, customers and partners to have a special experience. It is the first time I have come to Grenada and it warms my heart to have presents from local people, we love it.”

L4 Trifork was originally Ericsson 4, the Juan K design that won the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race. Many consider Ericsson 4 as the best Volvo 70 ever built. The original intention was for L4 Trifork to be a fast cruiser, but working with boat captain Jens Dolmer, L4 Trifork has been modified into a turbo-charged offshore racer with a longer bow sprit and side foils. Race tactician Bouwe Bekking explains the concept behind L4 Trifork:

“We had a good game plan, but Comanche is an amazing boat. Maybe if we didn’t have the rating hit for the side foils we would have been there on (IRC) corrected time,” commented Bouwe Bekking dockside. “But the owner doesn’t give a damn about the rating, the goal is to be the fastest 70-footer and we have achieved that, as we hope to also in the RORC Caribbean 600. It is always fun to race these boats and all credit to the experienced crew, and Jens Dolmer who has done a fantastic job preparing L4 Trifork. We didn’t have a single breakage. This boat is an animal and if we don’t keep in control, it can be dangerous.”

Volvo 70 L4 Trifork – makes her way into Port Louis Marina, Grenada after crossing the finish line © Arthur Daniel/RORC

L4 Trifork’s navigator is Aksel Magdahl. The Norwegian was part of the two-boat Ericsson campaign in 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, as were many of the Trifork crew. Aksel explains the complex weather for L4 Trifork in the RORC Transatlantic Race:

“This was not a typical transatlantic race. For a fast boat usually you would head a little north to find a front and get the speed. For this race, we literally made a 90 degree turn north; after two days racing, we were almost the same distance to the finish. It was aggressive, but for us there was no real alternative to the south. We sailed north of the low and it followed us as forecast.

“After the first low, it got really interesting. Before the start we knew about the second low coming and had a plan, but after we set off, we saw a third low coming and we thought what are we going to do with that? We decided to stay north to get to the downwind side of it, but the path of this third low looked quite unpredictable. My real worry was that if we went south we would come into headwinds and if we sailed north we would then have few options to reach down. A southerly route opened on the modelling and we took it and we had a reasonable chance of catching Comanche (on IRC corrected time).

“As a crew, we had a quick chat as we approached the finish about what time we had ‘left behind’. If we had changed the plan or known the boat a little bit better, maybe we would have been two hours quicker. All credit to Comanche, they have a great boat, excellent navigator and a team that sail the boat well,” concluded Magdahl.

The pot at the end of the rainbow was L4 Trifork’s arrival into Grenada as the sunset on day 10 of the RORC Transatlantic Race© Arthur Daniel/RORC

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Battle on for overall win – RORC Transatlantic Race

Day 10 – 0900 UTC, Grenada: On the tenth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, 21 teams are still racing in the Atlantic for the overall win and to claim the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Racing under the IRC Rating Rule, Comanche’s record run has now set the bar for the monohulls to beat. Out in the Atlantic, battles for class honours and private duels are raging, and the race for the overall win is far from over.

In the MOCRA class, the latest multihull to finish is Antoine Rabaste’s Maxi Multihull Ultim’emotion 2 (FRA), which crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada just before sunset on 16th January. The 80ft trimaran screamed into Grenada at a speed of over 26 knots!

Dockside celebrations at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina for the crew on Antoine Rabaste’s Maxi Multihull Ultim’emotion 2 (FRA). The team were welcomed by Nikoyan Roberts, Manager, Nautical Development at Grenada Tourism Authority © Arthur Daniel/RORC.

The latest multihull to finish – Maxi Multihull Ultim’emotion 2 (FRA) © Arthur Daniel/RORC

IRC SUPER ZERO:
The Volvo 70 L4 Trifork (DEN), with Joern Larsen at the helm, is 171nm from the finish and expected in Grenada at approximately 23:00 UTC. L4 Trifork is estimated to be 15 hours behind Comanche’s time corrected under IRC. Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL), skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, is currently third in class and expected to finish the race on Tuesday 18th January.

L4 Trifork has reported a reduction in wind speed to the RORC Media Team: “We exited the light wind area in the high-pressure ridge, costing us a fair few miles on the ranking. Not a lot we can do about it; we have to sail the weather we are given. Very comfortable sailing conditions and temperature, but of course we hope for a bit of water over the deck again.”

The team on the Volvo 70 L4 Trifork reported a reduction in wind speed but are expected to finish the race around 2300 UTC on Monday 17 Jan ©James Mitchell/RORC

IRC ZERO:
A photo-finish is on the cards for two high-performance 50-footers that are battling for class honours 750 miles from the finish. While David Collins’ Botin IRC 52 Tala (GBR) is ranked first in class, Max Klink’s Botin 52 Caro (CH) is leading on the water by just five miles. Both teams are expected to finish the race at around midday UTC on 20th January. Dominique Tian’s Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen (FRA) is just over 1,000 miles from the finish and sitting third in class.

There is also good news from the dismasted Botin 56 Black Pearl, which has made landfall at El Hierro in the Canary Islands after Stefan Jentzsch and his team motor-sailed 800nm to safety. More news when they arrive in Marina Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.

David Collins’ Botin IRC 52 Tala (GBR) is currently ranked first in IRC Zero © James Mitchell/RORC

IRC ONE:
Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) is the provisional leader after time correction, with Richard Palmer’s JPK 10.10 Jangada (GBR), racing Two-Handed with Jeremy Waitt, in second. Ranked third is the wily Jacques Pelletier at the helm of his Milon 41 L’Ange de Milon (FRA). Andrew Hall’s Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) leads on the water and is currently fourth in class. IRC One is proving to be the most competitive class in the race, with all four of the above vying for victory. The leading boats have now negotiated an area of lighter wind and are expected to get into full trade wind velocity shortly, promising a flourishing finish into Grenada on the 24th January.

Ross Applebey contacted the RORC Media Team to set the scene on board Scarlet Oyster: “It’s taken a week to get into some downwind sailing; we’re not out of warm gear at night, but the days are glorious. We are starting to fantasise about what we will find on arrival: showers, fruit, fresh water and maybe some rum! My hair resembles the fleece of a moorland sheep, but I have declined the offer of the onboard hair trimmers. Wildlife seen so far: tropic birds, flying fish, porpoises, dolphins and, at dawn this morning, a juvenile whale – pilot we think, full-on breaching and having fun.”

Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) – leading IRC One (after time correction) © James Mitchell/RORC

“Our mission is to keep the intensity in our sailing” – says past winner, Richard Palmer (Jangada) – currently snapping at the heels of the leading boat in IRC One © James Mitchell/RORC

Richard Palmer checked in by email from Jangada: “Firstly, as many of you would have seen we have been having an intense battle with two boats, in particular Scarlet Oyster and L’Ange de Milon. Scarlet Oyster is very well sailed. It’s really tough racing a boat with such a long waterline length and such a low rating, but in fairness to Ross they are sailing with a serious intensity that we are needing to match. They are fully crewed and having met a few of them prior to the start, they are very motivated to win! They will be tough to match in the final stages of the race.

“Secondly, L’Ange de Milon is part of an elite French sailing fraternity and the boat is a prototype of the formidable Sunrise, a JPK 11.80. Our mission is to keep the intensity in our sailing. If we really hit our targets, we appear to match and sometimes win the three-hourly race update. However, this wasn’t helped when we had to lower our mainsail just before nightfall for what was on first sighting, a race-ending breakage. The gooseneck pin had pulled itself up and out; thankfully a mainsail track car had prevented it pulling all the way and coming apart. It took about an hour to fix using a strop on a winch to pin down. The nut has been commandeered by Neptune and we can’t seem to find a chandlery to replace it!”

MOCRA Class:
In the head-to-head between two ORC50 trimarans, Quentin le Nabour’s Five Oceans (FRA), racing with a full crew, leads the Two-Handed team on GDD (FRA). Skipper of GDD, Halvard Mabire and crew Miranda Merron reported: “Wind fairly unstable, two sail changes in quick succession – good training! Warm and sometimes sunny, quite a few squall-monsters around. A privilege to be racing in warm climes in January!”

Gunboat 68 Tosca (USA), co-skippered by Ken Howery and Alex Thomson is back in the race having made a pit-stop in the Azores. “Ken, myself and the crew have had a busy one getting Tosca ready to finally make our way to Grenada,” confirmed Alex Thomson. “The repairs have now been made and we are all really looking forward to getting back out there! Thanks to everyone in the Azores who has helped us over the past five days.”

For full coverage of the RORC Transatlantic Race, including race updates and stories from the teams, follow the Royal Ocean Racing Club on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. For regular updates including satellite tracking go to: www.rorctransatlantic.rorc.org

ENDS/… Louay Habib

 

Magical Maserati Multihull Finish – RORC Transatlantic Race

Saturday 15 January, 2022: Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati (ITA) has taken Multihull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, crossing the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada at 05:51:41 UTC on Saturday 15th January (Corrected: 6d 18h 51m 41s). After eight days of extraordinary racing, Maserati finished ahead of Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, followed by Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo.

Maserati’s margin of victory was less than 20 miles over PowerPlay and Argo, expressed as a fraction, that is one third of a percentage point. Giovanni Soldini has enjoyed many great successes in his glittering career, and this was one of the finest.

The camaraderie and sportsmanship between the three boats was exemplified by Soldini’s Maserati crew waiting for PowerPlay to finish, cheering them through the line. As well as Argo’s shore team fixing up a dockside barbeque at 4am, all washed down with ice cold beers provided by Port Louis Marina!

“That was really fantastic,” commented Soldini. “To do a transatlantic race like that with three boat 20 miles from each other is just amazing. We had a big problem the first night as straight away we broke the port rudder (hitting a UFO). However, in the second part of the race, luckily the angle was such that the starboard rudder was in the water.”

Celebrations on board Giovanni Soldini’s Italian Multi70 Maserati after crossing the finish line in Grenada first after eight days of extraordinary racing in the RORC Transatlantic Race © Arthur Daniel/RORC.

Victory for Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati after completing the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race off Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada in the early hours of Saturday 15 January © Arthur Daniel/RORC.

Approaching halfway in the race, PowerPlay had been the dominant team. Maserati and Argo, who had both sustained port rudder damage, fell behind. PowerPlay launched into the lead which peaked at over 100 miles, but in Maserati and Argo never gave up the chase, and with less than 100 miles to go, it was Maserati that took the lead which they never relinquished.
Maserati’s killer blow came from a decision to round Barbados to the north, some 150 miles from the finish, as Soldini explains: “We decided to sail to the northwest and for sure it was a good idea. We crossed behind everybody (PowerPlay and Argo), but stayed in good wind which shifted right, allowing us to stay at maximum speed and come down to the rhumb line. This was an important win for us. We have had some technical problems in recent races and although we have set some records, winning a proper race like the RORC Transatlantic Race has been so enjoyable for us. We are very happy because I think the boat is getting better and better with little adjustments. I think this year we made big steps and we have found out that the boat is very fast.”

Friendly rivalry – Left: Ned Collier Wakefield, Right: Giovanni Soldini (Maserati) congratulations Peter Cunningham and the team on PowerPlay after their close battle across the Atlantic from Lanzarote © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Less than an hour after Soldini’s Maserati had crossed the line, Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY) also finished the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race. PowerPlay had led for most of the race, but even after losing by a small margin, right at the end, Peter Cunningham was upbeat about the experience, as he explained:

“It was the most perfect race in the sense of the last few days, even though the weather wasn’t in our favour at that time and was in Maserati’s absolute sweet spot,” commented Cunningham. “Moonlit nights with breeze and flat water, screaming along at sometimes 30 knots, it was an incredible experience, just magic. It wasn’t tough at all (to come second); Maserati with their foils could do things that we couldn’t do, and they made great decisions. At the beginning of the race, when it was rough, PowerPlay was doing things Maserati couldn’t do. I am very proud of the PowerPlay team; our manoeuvres and decisions were fantastic. We ticked all the boxes, but the conditions just didn’t favour us.”

Peter Cunningham and team on MOD70 PowerPlay – Giles Scott, Miles Seddon, Martin Watts, Ned Collier Wakefield, Thomas Dawson, John Hunter Hamilton, Paul Larsen © Arthur Daniel/RORC

PowerPlay heads to the dock at Port Louis Marina after crossing the finish line in Grenada © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Jason Carroll’s Argo completed the multihull line honours podium. Argo had lost part of their port rudder on the second night of the race: “It was incredible that we were all together for an amazing finish,” commented Carroll. “It was phenomenal. At times we were 100 miles apart and at other times we were crossing each other in the middle of the ocean. It was close, outstanding racing. I got into this class because I wanted a different experience from sailing and it is awesome, really cool. I would have loved to give my congratulations to Giovanni, but unfortunately due to Covid that wasn’t possible. I really appreciate the Royal Ocean Racing Club and organisers of this race giving us the opportunity for these three boats to race against each other. I will have to congratulate Giovanni and his team when we all meet again in Antigua at the RORC Caribbean 600 in February.”

Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (USA) with Brian Thompson, Charlie Ogletree, Charles Coming, Henry Bomby, Alister Richardson

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Comanche sets a new race record and win the IMA Trophy- Guided missile – Day 9 – RORC Transatlantic Race

16 January 2022: The 30.48m (100ft) VPLP Design/Verdier Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth, has taken Monohull Line Honours in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race, winning the magnificent IMA Trophy. Comanche has set a new race record for the 3,000nm race from Lanzarote to Grenada of 7 days 22 hours 1 minute 4 seconds. Comanche’s new Monohull Race Record has beaten the previous race record by over two days. With the double achieved Comanche must wait to see if any of the remaining 21 teams racing under IRC can eclipse their corrected time to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association (IMA), witnessed Comanche crossing the line and later presented the IMA Trophy at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Grenada. Comanche’s record result in the RORC Transatlantic Race is the latest accolade to a phenomenal list of achievements, including the Monohull West-East Transatlantic record, race records and line honours for the Rolex Fastnet Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Transpac and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the IMA presents Mitch Booth, Skipper of Maxi 100 Comanche and Team Comanche with the fine vintage silver IMA Trophy awarded to the monohull line honours winner © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Mitch Booth is Comanche’s skipper. In many ways he is typical of the international crew. Mitch is an Australian and Dutch national who lives in Spain. He has won two Olympic medals in the Tornado Class, world championships in F18s and Extreme 40s, as well as excelling in offshore racing. Comanche’s crew comes from 16 different nations and includes winners from the Olympics, round the world races and the America’s Cup.

“Comanche is an absolute weapon in the open ocean; the benchmark in non-foiling offshore monohulls. The team are just so privileged to have the opportunity to race this boat with the full support and trust from the owners. It’s just a real thrill to be on board,” commented Mitch Booth. “The Comanche crew is a mix of very experienced offshore sailors, grand prix inshore sailors and a few newcomers. We are not in set roles; everyone is trimming and on the helm. We are mixing it up, having a great time. It’s been really fun sailing together. Setting Atlantic records is iconic and very special. Comanche now holds records for both easterly and westerly routes.”

Record setters – The victorious crew on board the 30.48m (100ft) VPLP Design/Verdier Maxi Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth (AUS). The team eclipsed the previous monohull race record by 2 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes 7 seconds (My Song, 2018) © Arthur Daniel/RORC

Comanche Team debrief dockside – The winning crew: Guillermo Altadill Fischer, Mitch Booth, Diogo Cayolla, Pete Cumming, Dom Davies, Damien Durchon, Shannon Falcone, Pavlo Kalynchev, Alexei Kapustin, Pavel Karachov, Campbell Knox, Petr Lipa, Lago Lopez Marra, Paul Magee, Will Oxley, Corrado Rossignoli, Louis Sinclair, Justin Slattery, Eduard van Lierde, Rudi van Velzen, Konstantin Vasilev, Daryl Wislang © Arthur Daniel/RORC

The mighty Comanche leads the fleet at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race off Arrecife’s Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands © Lanzarote Photo Sport

RORC Transatlantic Race fans that have been following the track of Comanche will notice that apart from earlier in the race Comanche’s trajectory has been close to the rhumb line. Comanche completed the course by racing just 3,063nm, which seems to suggest that the strategy was a simple one. In fact, the weather conditions made for a complex winning solution, as Comanche’s Australian navigator Will Oxley explains. Will has racked up 300,000 ocean miles, including three editions of The Ocean Race. His last win was in December as navigator for Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban, overall winner under IRC for the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

“This was an atypical transatlantic race, there was some low-pressure systems and instead of the normal south route, where you would gybe west in the sunshine, we had bigger waves, headwinds and really quite difficult conditions. Any team that finishes this race, especially the smaller boats, has done a pretty good job,” commented Will Oxley.

He continued: “Our route was governed by an Eastern Wave. It sounds like a complicated term, but they are lines of clouds that develop close to the coast of Africa and move west across the Atlantic. To the north of Comanche was a col, which is two areas of high pressure going in different directions forming a windless area. Our strategy was to wiggle our way between these two weather differences. We always try to point the boat at the mark, sailing the shortest course is probably going to go well in your favour. On board information about the weather is passed to the crew every three hours, this means they are aware of what we are trying to do.”

Comanche’s Australian navigator Will Oxley explains to Race Reporter, Louay Habib, the weather conditions which made for a complex winning solution © Arthur Daniel/RORC

A number of teams in the RORC Transatlantic Race chose to sail to the north to benefit from more wind from a low-pressure system. Will Oxley explains why Comanche chose not to take that option. “We looked at the northerly option and whilst it showed to be the fastest, there looked to be a very difficult exit strategy to this route to get back south. Looking at weather models days into the future comes with inaccuracies. So, there is a high chance that if you let it play out to the end, you may find yourself upwind to the finish. A big ‘thank you’ to the RORC, Puerto Calero and Port Louis; it has been a fantastic race and I am very much looking forward to seeing some of Grenada.”

Comanche’s next race will be the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600 which starts from Antigua on Monday 21st February. With the prospect of a goliath encounter against Club Swan 125 Skorpios, Comanche is relishing the prospect of a close race around 11 Caribbean islands.

“We know Skorpios is very fast in some conditions, but we believe the RORC Caribbean 600 suits us, as it is windy and has plenty of reaching. We are really looking forward to the next battle,” says Mitch Booth, Skipper of Comanche.

Comanche crew for the RORC Transatlantic Race 2022: Guillermo Altadill Fischer, Mitch Booth, Diogo Cayolla, Pete Cumming, Dom Davies, Damien Durchon, Shannon Falcone, Pavlo Kalynchev, Alexei Kapustin, Pavel Karachov, Campbell Knox, Petr Lipa, Lago Lopez Marra, Paul Magee, Will Oxley, Corrado Rossignoli, Louis Sinclair, Justin Slattery, Eduard van Lierde, Rudi van Velzen, Konstantin Vasilev, Daryl Wislan.

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