News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Nariida leads Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Nariida leads Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

'Nariida - Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007'    YCCS - ©    Click Here to view large photo

The seven maxi yachts taking part in the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, promoted by the International Maxi Association and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, are progressing westward across the Atlantic accompanied by fair conditions and high spirits.

The fleet set off from Tenerife in the Canary Islands on Monday 26th November bound for St Maarten in the Netherland Antilles. As of 16.45 UTC Morten Bergsen’s Nariida (NOR) continued to hold a lead that she has not relinquished from the start.

The shortest possible distance the maxis will cover from start to finish, based on the most direct possible course, is approximately 2650 nautical miles. After just over 72 hours of navigation the Norwegian leader has covered more than 900 nautical miles, slightly over one third of the course. If skipper Knut Frostad and his crew can keep up this pace they may expect to arrive in St Maarten around the middle of next week, well ahead of the official time limit set for Friday 14th December at 15.00 local time (UTC -4).

'At the minute the true wind speed is 16 to 20 knots,' reported Frostad at 15.24 UTC, 'There is a small swell, blue sky and nice sailing conditions. We are running with spinnaker and enjoy the trade winds. It’s an interesting weather scenario as the trades are broken up from the normal pattern. We have taken a northerly position and obviously hope this will pay off in the long run.'

Frostad and his crew, which includes many Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbread race sailors, are enjoying the relative comfort of this trip: 'The atmosphere is great onboard. For those onboard used to racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, it’s a huge difference sleeping in a proper bed and eating nice food every day. Some have even enjoyed the luxury of a fresh water shower!'

It hasn’t all been plain sailing, but a resourceful crew can overcome many difficulties, as the skipper of the Wally 105 goes on to explain: 'We ripped our reaching gennaker two days ago, and the crew has managed to sew it back together using the new sewing machine we have onboard. It takes a while to get various pieces from a 600 square metre sail back together, but now it’s all in one piece again.'

Nariida has chosen the most northerly route of all the maxis and is followed by Peter Harrison’s Sojana (GBR). Further back, and following a more southerly course are Andrè Auberton’s Dark Shadow (MON), Blue Pearl (GBR), Bernd Kortum’s Julie Marie (GER) and Will Apold’s Valkyrie (CAN) with less than 50 nautical miles separating each of these yachts.

Rounding up the fleet, having covered almost 600 nautical miles, is Gerhard Ruether’s Zefiro (GER). Reuther, who has over 130,000 miles sailing under his belt, is completing his first transatlantic race and is thoroughly enjoying the experience as his report of 14.00 UTC demonstrates. 'We have 15 knots of wind from 60 degrees. Sea condition moderate to rough. Our average speed is 9 knots. All is going well. At the moment we are running at 10 knots under gennaker. Spirits on board are high and we are enjoying every minute!'. .

by Jill Campbell, Vincenzo Frigo


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

11:12 PM Thu 29 Nov 2007 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii

Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front   
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing   
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT