Campagne de France has taken Line Honours for the first Class40 Division and is the first two-handed team to complete the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race. Swan 82, Stay Calm and Baltic 112, Path finished within three hours of each other after 2,865nm.
The British Swan 82, Stay Calm, skippered by Kyte Lloyd finished the RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday 10 December at 19 Hours 02 Minutes and 17 Seconds. Stay Calm's mainly British crew included two Volvo Ocean Race winners, Jules Salter and Neal MacDonald and was the third Maxi to complete the race.
“The fleet was very competitive and the weather was just as difficult to master,” commented Lloyd after crossing the line in Grenada. “All is well on board and the spirit in the crew never diminished. A big thank you to the RORC for excellent organisation and thanks to Marina Lanzarote and Port Louis who showed us such amazing hospitality. Unfortunately, due to our late arrival we could not spend time in Grenada, however, we will certainly be back very soon.”
The fourth Maxi class yacht to finish the race was Anatoli Karatchinski's Baltic 112, Path, skippered by Italian Captain, Daniele Cesaro. The magnificent superyacht had enjoyed a close battle with Swan 82, Stay Calm, resulting in the two yachts finishing less than three hours apart after over 14 days at sea.
“It was a fantastic trip and a lot of fun,” commented Pepe Ribes, Spanish America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran who was crew boss and navigator on Path. “The race was a bit slow because of the amount of upwind and light winds shortly after the start, but we really enjoyed sailing the boat, especially downwind. The atmosphere was great on board and we have become even better friends having raced across the Atlantic together. We had a great send off in Lanzarote and now that we have finished the race, we can see we will have a great party here in Port Louis, Grenada.”