The majority of yachts competing in the second edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race are predicted to finish the 3,000 mile race over the next few days. Nomad IV has just over 600 miles to go and is expected on Tuesday 8 December. By Friday December 11, most of the yachts will have completed the race and be enjoying the warm hospitality of the people of Grenada, safely moored in Camper & Nicholson’s Port Louis Marina.
After racking up over 400 miles in 24 hours, the challenge of racing across the Atlantic was made very clear to the crew of Jean-Paul Riviere’s French Finot Conq 100, Nomad IV, when their enormous spinnaker came billowing down.
However after Nomad IV’s spinnaker incident, recent progress indicates that their lead after IRC time correction puts them in second place behind Maurice Benzaquen’s Pogo 1250, Aloha by less than 20 minutes. Southern Wind 94, Windfall, skippered by Tim Goodbody is 380 miles behind Nomad IV and estimated to be 5 hours behind after IRC time correction. Will Apold’s Custom Nautor Swan 78, Valkyrie, is just over 100 miles behind Windfall and 20 hours after IRC time correction behind Aloha. Though Nomad IV must be the hot favourite to lift the International Maxi Association (IMA) Trophy for Monohull Line Honours, with the wind strengthening for the chasers including Aloha, and strategic positioning for the final gybes into Grenada being set up, the RORC Transatlantic Trophy is still very much up for grabs.
Gonzalo Botin’s Spanish Class40, Tales II continues their relentless charge across the Atlantic and is expected to complete the course in 12½ days. Tales II has just over 1,000 miles to go and giving Windfall a real run for their money to cross the finish line. Gerald Bibot and Michel Kleinjans Belgian catamaran, ZED 6 continues to charge southwest in strong pressure on a broad reach and is expected to finish the race at about the same time as Tales II and Windfall, on Thursday 10 December.
Chris Frost & Elin Haf Davies, racing British J/120, Nunatak Two-Handed is 1,800 miles from the finish.Nunatak is expected to cross the finish line on the day of the Prize Giving Ceremony.