Please select your home edition
Auck Boat Show - Sailing Cat 728x90 TOP

2018 RORC Transatlantic Race: Hydra happy in Grenada

by Louay Habib / RORC 10 Dec 2018 03:07 PST 10 December 2018
Team Hydra Class40 finishes in Grenada: Pip Hare, Henrik Bergesen, Paul Peggs, Tristan Kinloch - 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC / Arthur Daniel

Henrik Bergesen's Norwegian Class40 Hydra, skippered by Tristan Kinloch, finished the RORC Transatlantic Race at 22:02:23 UTC on Sunday, 09 December in an elapsed time of 15 days 10 hours two minutes 23 seconds.

Hydra was runner-up in the Class40 Division to Catherine Pourre's Eärendil. Early in the race, Hydra was very much in contention for the class win until a rudder problem forced the team to make a pit stop in the Cape Verde Islands.

After completing the race, Hydra's team received a warm welcome on the dock from RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen and Race Officer Steve Cole. Marina Manager Charlotte Bonin greeted the team with ice cold beers and presented the crew with a basket of Grenadian goods, including rum and chocolates, courtesy of the Grenada Tourism Authority.

It's been an epic race; absolutely fantastic," commented Henrik Bergesen dockside at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. "I have had a great crew and we had perfect conditions. We had an issue with the rudder, but we came back and did a good job; we kept going and got back into second place, so I am very happy about that. After eating freeze dried food and desalinated water, the beer tastes really good. We are looking forward to some real food; barbecue chicken I think! After this race, we're well prepared for the RORC Caribbean 600 in February and it should also be great fun."

Stephane Bry's Class40 Sirius is expected to be the next boat to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race. As Hydra crossed the finish line, Sirius had approximately 200 miles to go and was expected to be in Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina on Monday evening, 10 December.

Trevor Middleton's British Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep was less than 400 miles from the finish and spoke with the RORC media team on Sunday 09 December at 1800 UTC. "We have about 48 hours to go. All is well on board and we are making good progress," commented Middleton. "This has been a cracking race with lots of great sailing," added Black Sheep's skipper, Jake Carter. "The crew have worked really, really hard and we are looking forward to celebrating when we arrive in Grenada."

Arto Linnervuo, skipper of Finnish Xp-44 Xtra-Staerk spoke by Satellite phone 380 miles from the finish."We are all fine on board," confirmed Arto. "We have about 17 knots of wind from the east and we are going well. We have plenty of food and water to give us the energy for the last miles. We have had a few small problems in the last few days so we have had decided to be conservative, but we are making good speed. It looks like we will finish at about sunset on Tuesday 11 December as long as the conditions are steady. We would like to congratulate everyone in the race. All of us have shared a fantastic experience and it couldn't have been better. We hope everyone has enjoyed the race as much as we have."

Benedikt Clauberg, owner of Swiss First 47.7 Kali spoke by satellite phone on Sunday 10 December, 670 miles from Grenada. "All is well on board Kali but last night we saw a rocket flair and turned around to investigate under engine, but we didn't find anything. We returned back to our original position and started sailing again. We are having great fun; it's all downwind with the spinnaker up. Everybody is safe and the sailing is brilliant!"

Find complete race results here

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race moves to January from 2021
The most significant of a number of subtle changes to the event This date change is the most significant of a number of subtle changes the RORC is making to its Season Points Championships, which includes making the Rolex Middle Sea Race the first points race in the Championships. Posted on 14 Jan
RORC Transatlantic Race overall
Jangada is first two-handed team to win the antique silver trophy Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada was presented with the RORC Transatlantic Trophy in Grenada at a ceremony and prize-giving banquet held at Camper & Nicholsons Victory Bar and Restaurant. Posted on 12 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 17 update
Pata Negra - all smiles in Grenada Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Andy Lis, finished the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race on Monday 09 December in an elapsed time of 15 days 22 hrs 58 mins 13 secs. Posted on 9 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 14 update
Dark Shadow shines in Grenada French Wally 100 Dark Shadow finished the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 13 days 9 hours 11 mins and 3 secs. Dark Shadow was sailed by Andre Auberton-Herve (FRA) and skippered by Yerin Hobson (AUS). Posted on 7 Dec 2019
Childhood 1 wins IMA Trophy
Childhood 1 crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Swedish VO65 Childhood 1, skippered by Bouwe Bekking, has taken Line Honours in the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race. Posted on 5 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 11
All set to welcome the early finishers Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada is all set to welcome the early finishers in the RORC Transatlantic Race. VO65 Childhood 1 is expected to finish on Wednesday 4th December and will win the IMA Trophy for Monohull Line Honours. Posted on 3 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 9
Childhood's deep dive south has paid dividends Whilst all of the competing yachts are south of the rhumb line in the RORC Transatlantic Race, there is over 900nm of latitudinal separation in the fleet. Jangada is furthest north and Childhood 1 furthest south. Posted on 1 Dec 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 5
All of the teams are south of the rhumb line After five days into the RORC Transatlantic Race the international fleet is experiencing shifty conditions with a light to moderate wind oscillating between nor' east and east. Posted on 27 Nov 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race day 2
Racing into the wild blue yonder The 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race is now into the second day with the entire fleet anticipated to leave the Canary Islands and head into the remote Atlantic Ocean on Sunday 24 November. Posted on 25 Nov 2019
RORC Transatlantic Race under way
Farewell Lanzarote! The 6th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race got under way on time with the fleet starting from outside Marina Lanzarote at 1100 UTC on Saturday 23 November, 2019. Posted on 23 Nov 2019
C-Tech 2020 Tubes 728x90 BOTTOMHenri-Lloyd 2020 FOOTERAuck Boat Show - Sailing Cat 728x90 BOTTOM