January 22, 2022 4:51 pm

About thirty ships make up the fleet that left Lanzarote




The start of the RORC Tranastlantic Race could not have been more exciting. It was possible to enjoy a wonderful blue sky, with a temperature of 20 degrees and with an average of 16 knots and the background of El Reducto beach, in Arrecife, where the fleet met after having prepared the crossing from the Calero marinas. Marinas in Lanzarote, Puerto Calero and Marina Lanzarote.

At 11:00 the RORC committee supported by the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife gave the start to the fastest, the Argo, Maserati, PowerPlay and Ultim Emotion 2 trimarans, which barely took thirty minutes to mount the unmarking buoy located in Puerto Calero, in a very close competition.

At 11:10, the departure of the rest of the fleet, with Mitch Booth’s spectacular maxi Comanche taking the lead and as a firm candidate for the IMA championship trophy in 2022.

The departure has been broadcast in streaming through Calero Marinas’ Facebook and with the comments of the famous Vendee Globe sailor, Pip Hare and which has been followed by viewers from Australia, the United States, Antigua or New Zealand.

José Juan Calero, CEO of Calero Marinas commented: “It is fantastic to see the RORC Transatlantic Race fleet coming out in such perfect condition. I can say, on behalf of the entire Calero Marinas team and on behalf of all the promoters of this regatta, that we are proud of how this regatta has grown. It is a great satisfaction to see how the sailors enjoy themselves. This is the eighth edition that we are celebrating and I have to thank RORC for the trust placed in Lanzarote to host this regatta and of course, thank the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club de France for their support ”.

A spectacular fleet made up of thirty boats, 27 nationalities and more than fifty sailors with a vast curriculum in the most prestigious competitions. Lanzarote this week has been the preparation base for the crossing of the Atlantic for renowned figures such as Brain Thompson, Guillermo Altadil, Jens Dolmer or Alex Thomson among many others.

Although the part for the departure could not be better, in the coming days the fleet faces severe weather conditions, which will undoubtedly put the skill of these intrepid sailors to the test. The current RORC Transatlantic Race records are 10 days, 5 hours and 47 minutes and 11 seconds for monohulls, obtained by Pier Luigi Loro’s My Song in 2018 and 5 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 3 seconds for trimarans in possession of the Phaedo 3, by Lloyd Thornburg, skippered by Brian Thompson in 2016. You can follow the development of the test through the website www.rorctransatlanticrace.org.

The RORC Transatlantic Race is an event organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club with the Yacht Club de France and the International Maxi Associaton in collaboration with Calero Marinas, on their departure from Lanzarote and has the support of the Government of the Canary Islands, European Development Funds Regional (FEDER), Promotur, Cabildo de Lanzarote, SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote, through the European Sports Destination (ESD) brand and the invaluable collaboration of the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife.

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