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2018 RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 9: Brothers in arms

by Louay Habib 2 Dec 18:49 PST 2 December 2018

Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina played host to the multihull prize giving for the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race. Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi70 was the winner of the Multihull Line Honours Trophy. Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay was presented with a RORC decanter as winner of the MOCRA Class after time correction. The two crews had enjoyed a full-on match race across the Atlantic. However, both Maserati and PowerPlay showed mutual respect and friendship, right down to Soldini and Cunningham swapping shirts at the ceremony.

Italian Supermaxi My Song, sailed by International Maxi Association member Pier Luigi Loro Piana has 723 miles to go and is expected to finish the race on Tuesday morning in Grenada. My Song is currently ahead of record pace for the monohull race record and hot favourite for the IMA Trophy for Monohull Line Honours.

Catherine Pourre's Eärendil leads the Class40s from Stephane Bry's French-Finnish Sirius. Henrik Bergesen's Hydra is third, and making up the miles after the pit stop for repairs. "Our friends from Hydra have restarted from Capo Verde. They are 400 miles behind us and we will keep an eye on them, as well as on Sirius which is now almost 300 miles behind," commented Catherine Pourre.

"It is getting Sirius!" joked Ari Kaensaekoski on board Class40 Sirius: "Surfing up to 19 knots, wind is steady in the low 20s and the sea state is slowly building towards real Atlantic surfing conditions. We are looking forward to getting those towering waves and downhill rides!"

Pip Hare on board Hydra explained the reason for their pit stop in the Cape Verde Islands and the highs and lows of racing across the Atlantic:

"After pushing Hydra as much as possible, trying to match the boat speed of Eärendil, we started to feel some play in the steering system. On further inspection we realised that the aft tiller bearings had broken. We took the difficult decision to turn for the Cape Verdes and so be out of contention for first place, which was tough on morale. With the help of some great friends we managed to organise the parts by satellite phone and pulled off a pit stop Lewis Hamilton would have been chuffed with! New bearings, fresh morale and a belly full of pizza - we are back in the race. We have a new objective, to hunt down second place," continued Hare.

Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50, Kuka3 was estimated to be leading the fleet after IRC time correction for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Kuka3 had 1,188 miles to go. My Song was estimated to be second after IRC time correction, with the smallest boat in the race, Trevor Middleton's British Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep estimated to be third.

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