Published: Monday, 07 December 2015

The majority of yachts competing in the second edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Transatlantic Race are predicted to finish the 3,000-mile race over the next few days. The race started November 28 at Marina Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and is finishing up in the Caribbean Island of Grenada.

Phaedo3 Claims Line Honours At Rorc Transatlantic Race

(Photo: Phaedo3 crew/Orlando K. Romain)

By December 11, most of the yachts will have completed the race and will be enjoying the warm hospitality of the people of Grenada, safely moored in Camper & Nicholsons' Port Louis Marina.

Lloyd Thornburg's mighty green MOD70 Phaedo3 had already crossed the finish line off Quarantine Point, Grenada this morning, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race in five days 22 hours 46 minutes and three seconds. The team claimed Line Honours victory in the second edition of the race.

Finishing less than two hours behind Phaedo3 was Tony Lawson's MOD70 Ms Barbados.

Phaedo3 Claims Line Honours At Rorc Transatlantic Race 1

(Photo: Ms Barbados/Orlando K. Romain)

After racking up over 400 miles in 24 hours, the challenge of racing across the Atlantic was made very clear to the crew of Jean-Paul Riviere's French Finot Conq 100 Nomad IV when their enormous spinnaker came billowing down and into the rushing waves around them.

“The spinnaker head loop broke, dropping the sail straight into the water,” says Skipper Jean-Paul Riviere. “Thanks to the very quick response of the crew, we managed to get the sail on board quite quickly. The spinnaker sock however decided to play the dirty trick of getting itself wrapped in the rudders. After a few minutes and being unable to steer the boat, we decided to drop the main and drift whilst our diver, Jean Philippe slipped into the water to evaluate the damage. In our misfortune we remained lucky. Having a good vision on the rudders, he was able to instruct the crew as to what ropes to cut and to pull, and in less than 15 minutes the torn sock was freed and hoisted back on board followed by our swimmer.”

Phaedo3 Claims Line Honours At Rorc Transatlantic Race 3

(Photo: Nomad IV/James Mitchell)

Nomad IV still holds a comfortable lead on the water. Recent progress indicates that their lead after IRC time correction puts them in second place behind Maurice Benzaquen's Pogo 1250 Aloha by less than 20 minutes. Southern Wind 94 Windfall skippered by Tim Goodbody is 380 miles behind Nomad IV and estimated to be five hours behind after IRC time correction.