RORC Transatlantic Race 2018

Photo courtesy of Mikel Prieto
Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini started the 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race

The 5th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, started on November 24th at 12.00 UTC. 10 boats aligned on the starting line in Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain) ready to cover the 2995 miles across the Atlantic Ocean towards the finish line in Grenada, Caribbean. With a South-West wind of 9 knots, the two competing trimarans crossed the start line almost aligned: Maserati Multi 70 followed a few seconds after PowerPlay, the English MOD 70 skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, already challenged in October in the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Maserati Multi70 crosses paths with PowerPlay

Maserati Multi 70 proceeds quickly towards Grenada, with an average speed of 28 knots in the last two hours. The oceanic match race between the two competing trimarans continues: at around 18.00 UTC Maserati Multi70 crosses paths again with PowerPlay, who passes 1.7 miles astern of the Italian crew.

At 20.00 UTC Giovanni Soldini tells: “We are on starboard tack and for the first time we were able to fly well for a couple of hours. Now there are steep two meters high waves which is not letting us fly well and we will have to slow down, but we can still stand up to PowerPlay. On port tack, without the flying rudder, we’re suffering a little.”

Challenge the race speed record for the multihulls

The two trimarans’ goal, other than winning in their category, will be to challenge the race speed record for the multihulls, set in 2015 by Lloyd Thornburg who, aboard the American Phaedo3, crossed the finish line after 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 3 seconds.

A few minutes before setting sail, skipper Giovanni Soldini commented: “We are very happy to start this race and to challenge again a MOD 70, especially one with a tough crew such as PowerPlay’s. Our Team is fit and energetic: we will do our best as always!”

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