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Kuka3 lift the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy

by Louay Habib 11 Dec 2018 04:10 PST 11 December 2018

Franco Niggeler's Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3, skippered by Roberto Chuny Bermúdez de Castro has been announced as the overall winner of the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race.

Franco Niggeler was presented with the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy by Grenadian Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, M.P. at a ceremony held at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. Whilst several yachts are still racing, none of them can beat the time set by Kuka3 after IRC time correction.

"This was my first Atlantic crossing and it could not have been better than this," commented Franco Niggeler. "Grenada is a beautiful island with beautiful people, and we can't be happier. It is a wonderful race, well organised by RORC, and not forgetting Calero Marinas - Marina Lanzarote; and a big thank you to my team."

RORC Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Warden Owen welcomed special guests; Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Chairman GTA Board Directors, Mrs. Brenda Hood. GTA Manager, Nautical Development, Mrs. Nikoyan Roberts and Mrs. Chinel Sandy from the Grenada Tourism Authority.

"A pure spicy welcome to Grenada," commented Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen to the assembled crews. "Thank you to Eddie Warden Owen and his RORC team and the Camper & Nicholson team for giving all the assistance they can. On behalf of the Government and people of Grenada, it is an honour to welcome you with our warmth, our friendly smiles, and we encourage you all to spread the word around about your experience. Thank you for coming and God Bless."

Catherine Pourre's Eärendil was presented with a RORC Decanter for the team's victory in the Class40 Division. Stephane Bry's Class40 Sirius finished the race right on cue as the prize giving started and was presented with a basket of Grenadian goods by Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen.

Competitors and honoured guests enjoyed a drinks reception followed by a Caribbean buffet at The Victory Bar & Restaurant in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.

Three yachts are still to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race, with two finishers expected in Grenada today, Tuesday 11 December: Trevor Middleton's Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep had 13.8nm to run and Arto Linnervuo's Xp-44 Xtra Staerk 31.3nm AT 0900 UTC. The First 47.7 Kali, owned by the Swiss Ocean Racing Club and skippered by Corinne Wirth who is taking part in her fourth transatlantic race, but first as skipper, are 364.9nm from the finish line.

Race Results: rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/results/2018-results.html

To follow the boats still racing, please go to: rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/tracking/2018-fleet-tracking.html

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