Palanad 3 wins the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy

The winning team - Palanad 3: L-R Luke Berry
Palanad 3 wins the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy
Congratulations to Olivier Magre and his crew on French Class40 Palanad 3 as the overall winner of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race. Palanad 3 has posted the best elapsed time under IRC to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Palanad 3 is the seventh winner of the antique sterling silver trophy and the first Class40 to do so. Antoine Carpentier’s Class40 Redman, also a Mach 40.4, was second overall under IRC.
 
“I am so happy to have won overall; it is a magnificent trophy!” smiled Olivier Magre. “This is a perfect race for Class40 because it is relatively shorter than other transatlantic races and the timing is perfect to join other events such as the RORC Caribbean 600. I am sure that in the future if we have a number of Class40s it would be a beautiful race and we have the added attraction of challenging bigger boats as well. I think mixing Class40s with other boats under IRC is a good thing because it increases the challenge and the performance required.”
 
Oren Nataf racing his Monegasque Multi50 Trimaran Rayon Vert, skippered by Alex Pella, took Multihull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 9 days, 3 hours, 33 mins and 19 secs. This was Oren’s second Transatlantic Race with Pella as skipper. The first race was much slower in his classic Olin Stephens’ designed Stiren.
 
“Rayon Vert is a very comfortable boat and we had fantastic racing conditions,” commented Oren. “However, at such a fast pace, you have to be very careful as everything is under so much more tension. Racing at such high speed is something I will always remember – it is addictive. Racing faster than a motorboat, day after day, night after night and most of the time alone – it is a huge experience.”
 
Johannes Schwarz’s Volvo 70 Green Dragon took Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 9 days, 18 hours, 53 mins and 40 secs winning the International Maxi Association’s IMA Trophy.
 
“It is an honour to win the IMA Trophy, as so many famous boats have done, but to finish the race in such a fast time is incredible. Although we finished in Antigua and not Grenada, the route we took was to the south, so there is not much difference in the miles we have raced,” commented Green Dragon’s Johannes Schwarz.
 
Third overall under IRC was Sebastien Saulnier’s Sun Fast 3300 Moshimoshi. Racing with Christophe Affolter, Moshimoshi was the first team to finish the race in IRC Two-Handed.
 
“The first night was the most difficult with big waves and strong wind; we got a big gust and broached,” explained Sebastien Saulnier. “Christophe was down to leeward and there was so much water that his lifejacket inflated! The rough conditions continued for the second day, but after that we got into the rhythm. We averaged over 8 knots for the race, which is quick for a small boat! Christophe and I are very proud that we have finished the race. I want to say a big thank you to the RORC for their organisation.”
 
Benedikt Clauberg’s Swiss First 47.7 Kali finished the race for the third year in a row, smashing their own personal race record by two days (Elapsed time: 16 days, 7 hrs, 12 mins and 27 secs). The Swiss, Swedish and Finnish crew sent blogs from the Atlantic about life on the racecourse:
 
“The biggest challenge is always just to get to the start line and this year the whole Corona situation really hammered that home – in fact two of the crew had been ill in the past with the virus,” commented Benedikt. “But although the challenges have been immense, this was still about racing as a team across the Atlantic. Thank you to the RORC for organising the race and especially for the two cases of beer on arrival. Like a drip onto a hot stone, the beer didn’t last long, but the memory will last forever!”
 
Due to travel restrictions from the UK, the Royal Ocean Racing Club managed the race remotely, relying on the expert abilities of the Calero Marinas’ team and the race officers of Real Club Náutico de Arrecife in Lanzarote. In Antigua, Terry O’Brien was employed as shipping agent. Greeting every team on arrival, the RORC was represented by Helen Spooner who has organised the famous greetings for every edition of the RORC Caribbean 600.
 
“A special thank you must go to JJ Calero and all the staff at Calero Marinas. We could not have put on this race without their tremendous support,” commented RORC Race Manager Chris Stone. “As with every RORC race, the fleet is monitored by the RORC team and we will continue to monitor the progress of Tim Knight’s Kai, which is still racing. Helen is doing a terrific job welcoming teams into Antigua, even providing a cooler of beer if a boat arrived during the night-time curfew.”
 
The 8th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is scheduled to start from Marina Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on Saturday 8th January 2022 and finish at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. For more information: www.rorctransatlantic.rorc.org
 
– Louay Habib
 
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Rolex Middle Sea Race Fleet Building Steadily

With six months to go to the start of the 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday 23 October, the Mediterranean’s premier 600-mile offshore classic looks well set. Some 47 yachts from 17 countries have entered, currently ranging in size...

Star World Championship will be held during Kiel Week

The Star World Championship returns to Kiel. And this September, two events are on the schedule at once. For the Junior Star World Championship (August 31 to September 3) 40 boats are expected and for the Star World Championship (September...

World’s fastest sailboats sign up for Rolex Fastnet Race

While the Vendée Globe grabbed headlines over the winter with a record fleet of 31 boats, France boasts a yet more extraordinary fleet of boats – the Ultimes. Developed over the last 30 years by teams attempting to break the...

Day 5 of the 470 Europeans – Champagne Sailing

Champagne sailing in Vilamoura, with an excellent breeze with 10/12 knots all along the day, D Flag going up at 13:00 for the 3 fleets.  The French teams, Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz in the women’s fleet and Kevin Peponnet...

Day 4 of the 470 Europeans – Perfect Conditions

A sunny and warm day in Vilamoura (air temp. 27 C), with excellent breeze, allowed, again, to complete the 2 scheduled races. Sailors were back ashore just past 16:30, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the Portuguese spring. Paul Snow-Hansen...

Aerial view of a gravity wave. Credit: NASA/GSFC/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team and Jeff Schmaltz

Four rarely-heard ocean terms

1. Gravity Wave Gravity waves, not to be confused with gravitational waves, form when air is pushed up and gravity pulls the air back down. On its way down, air displaces ocean water, forming waves that look like vertical channels. There...

High Speed action Video from SailGP

Experience life onboard the F50 with GoPro, SailGP’s adrenaline action content partner for Season 2. SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and New York, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology...

CHALLENGING CONDITIONS ON DAY 3 OF 2021 470 EUROPEANS

Day 3 of the 470 Europeans – Challenging Conditions

Day 3 of the 470 European Championship in Vilamoura.  Two races sailed for the 3 fleets with the D Flag going up at 12:35 for the 3 fleets. “It’s really enjoyable to be back sailing with the 470 fleet, after...

Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship

Day 1 – Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship

On the first day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er Fx Championship races, the Olympic fleet consisting of 28 boats, of the 49erFx class plus 10 boats, of the 49er class, fulfilled the day’s schedule when holding the three...

Heavy hitters heading to Airlie Beach Race Week

A trio of past Sydney Hobart winners in Geoff Boettcher, Darryl Hodgkinson and Phil Turner, along with yachting champion Marcus Blackmore, are among the heavy hitters heading north to race in the IRC Passage Division at the 33rd running of...

Finn - Robert Deaves

World’s Best Sailors Ready for Epic Finn Gold Cup in Porto The Finn Gold Cup has been part of the fabric of the sport of sailing for 65 years, an iconic trophy that is reputed to be more difficult to...

Latest Posts

Latest

Read all of the latest Sailing News

Racing Posts

Racing

Dinghy and Yacht Racing News

Offshore Posts

Offshore

News from the Offshore World

Cruising & Destinations Posts

Cruising & Destinations

Cruising Stories from around the World

Boat & Gear Posts

Boats & Gear

The Latest Boats and Yachting Gear

Video Posts

Video

Watch everything Sailing and Boating

Processing...
Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.
Join Our Newsletter
Latest Sailing News, Racing, Cruising, Boats, Gear and more
ErrorHere