RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 3 – Out of Africa

Marina Lanzarote, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada

Day Three: 9 January: Land effects have created strategic options for the international fleet for the first three days of the RORC Transatlantic Race. On the third day, the majority of the international fleet is racing down the West African Coast. Hazards include numerous fishing boats dragging nets, but the positive gain is due to the Western Sahara Desert delivering thermal wind to the boats sailing south. The fastest boats are now heading west into the Atlantic and the strategic decisions in the future will be far from land, influenced by weather and ocean currents. Erik Maris’ MOD70 Zoulou (FRA) leads the multihull division and the Farr 100 Leopard 3 (MON), skippered by Chris Sherlock is the leading monohull.

For now, the vast majority of the fleet see the Cape Verde Islands as the ‘target’ for their race – All bar one boat; Richard Fromentin’s JPK 1180 Cocody (FRA) which was the only boat to go north of the Canary Islands and is the overall leader for the race after IRC time correction.

The race leaders on 9 January at 0600 UTC: Multihull Line Honours & MOCRA – Zoulou (FRA), Monohull Line Honours & IRC SZ – Leopard 3 (MON). IRC Overall & IRC One – Cocody (FRA), IRC Zero – Warrior Won (USA), Class40 Sensation Extreme (FRA), IRC Two Handed Tigris (GBR).

The RORC Transatlantic Race is part of the RORC Season’s Points Championship, the world’s largest offshore racing series. For more information about the RORC Transatlantic Race:

Race Tracker

Start Day: Sunday 7th January 2024 – Marina Lanzarote, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Social Media: Official race hashtags: #RORCTransatlanticRace #RORCracing

Official Race Notice Board: HERE

List of EntriesHERE

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the International Maxi Association and Yacht Club de France. Supported by Calero Marinas – Marina Lanzarote and Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina – Grenada

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