Just two weeks after the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, more than half of the fleet has already arrived at the two marinas managed by Calero Marinas in Lanzarote, Puerto Calero and Marina Lanzarote, for the start of the 3,000 nautical mile regatta to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina on the island of Granada.
With the arrival of Giovanni Soldini’s MOD 70 Masserati, the RORC Transatlantic Race multihull fleet is now complete, together with the Argo, Tosca, PowerPlay and Ultim’Emotion boats, the latter moored in Marina Lanzarote, awaiting departure. next January 8 from Arrecife. The rest of the eclectic fleet, ranging from Richard Palmer’s JPK 10.10 Janganda to Mitch Booth’s Verdier 100 SuperMaxi Comanche; They will prepare the crossing from Puerto Calero.
With more than 200 sailors of at least 22 different nationalities, the crews include professional sailors from the Olympics, America’s Cup, Vendée Globe and The Ocean Race.
Double Olympic gold medalist Giles Scott will be part of Peter Cunningham’s crew on his MOD70 PowerPlay. This will be Scott’s first ocean liner, but he has extensive multihull experience as a tactician in INEOS TEAM UK’s America’s Cup project.
“I am used to the speed that we will reach, but it is clear that this will be very different; we are racing across the Atlantic and there are going to be big waves. Hopefully we will have good trade winds and it will be 3,000 miles downwind, which it will be interesing!”
The 2022 edition of the RORC Transatlantic Regatta has been organized in association with the Yacht Club de France, nine of the competing teams will wave the French tricolor. French teams have lifted the RORC Transatlantic Race trophy three times: Jean-Paul Riviere’s Nomad IV (2015), Eric de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine (2017) and Olivier Magre’s Palanad 3 (2021).
Two outstanding teams competing under the Yacht Club de France insignia will be Jacques Pelletier’s L’Ange De Milon and Remy Gerin’s Faiaoahe.
Jacques Pelletier has lost count of the number of Fastnet Races he has competed in, including winning the class in 2019, but this will be his first RORC Transatlantic Race with his Milon 41 L’Ange De Milon. Having suffered neck problems at the start of the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, L’Ange De Milon has been repaired and is ready and waiting in Lanzarote. Designed by Jacques Valer of JPK and with a very experienced French crew, L’Ange De Milon will be a force to be reckoned with.
Dominique Tian loves ocean racing and her Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen is also one of the great promises of France. This will be the first RORC Transatlantic Regatta for the boat, which has been meticulously prepared for the regatta. The team has extensive experience, including sailor Oliver Kraus, who was second in the Multi 50 Class at both the TJV and the Québec St Malo:
“I am excited about my first Transat on this ship”Dominique Tian commented. “It is one of the objectives for 2022; the other is the RORC Caribbean 600. Finishing the crew and the ship in good shape is always the most important thing. If we also achieve a good performance, we will achieve the best possible result.”