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  • Overall winner under IRC, Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was awarded the  2017 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy © Arthur DanielAt noon on the 25th November 2017, after a week of boat preparation and much appreciated social activities at Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife, a record 23 yachts started the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race bound for Grenada. Teams from nine different nations took part including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States of America. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS took line honours and was awarded the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was the overall winner under IRC, winning the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

    An unusually light southerly airstream greeted the competitors for the start, but the super-light conditions didn't last for long. A low pressure system to the north and a ridge of high pressure to the south blocked the way to the tradewinds and routed the fleet to the north of the rhumb line. After beating into rough seas for most of the second day, CQS was the first to make the dive south. After passing to the north of Tenerife trying to find a narrow gap through the high pressure ridge, CQS made short work of the transition zone to reach the tradewinds.

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  • 2017 rtr hathamaris bannerThe crew of Hatha Maris at the finish of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

    Lyssandra Barbieri's Dufour 40 finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 26 days 7 hours 51 mins 50 secs. The record entry of 23 yachts for the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race have now been accounted for. As with every team in the race, regardless of time of day or night. Hatha Maris was greeted dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, with cold beer and a warm welcome. Hatha Maris is the first all-women crew to complete the race.

    “Fantastic, exhausted and elated.” smiled Lyssandra having completed the 3000 nautical mile race. “We did not want one more night watch, we were done. Everybody from the marina is here to greet us, there is beer there is food, we are very lucky people. Tonight everybody wants to eat a rare steak and a lot of salad, and rum with coconut water.”

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  • Berry Aarts's Jeanneau 54 Ds, No Doubt, crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 23 days, 21hrs, 31mins, 54secs.

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  • 1500 UTC 18 December

    2017 RTR Gemervescence finish banner Arthur Daniel

    RORC Commodore Steven Anderson's Cutter Gemervescence, co-skippered by Jane Anderson, has finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 23 days 02 hours 53 mins 18 secs.

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  • 1200 UTC 17 December

    IRC Two and IRC Two Handed victory for experienced offshore sailors (L to R) Rupert Holmes and Richard Palmer. The pair have sailed thousands of miles together and the RORC Transatlantic Race is the start of their 2018 RORC race season, with the RORC Caribbean 600 as their next race in February © RORC/Arthur Daniel

    Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada, racing two handed with Rupert Holmes has finished the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 21 days 17 hours 32 mins 55 secs and is the winner of IRC Two and IRC Two Handed. Whilst yachts are still racing, none can better Jangada's IRC corrected time. Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina gave the triumphant duo a warm welcome, as is customary for every arrival in the RORC Transatlantic Race:

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