Maxi finish

Competitive finish caps off the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race.

11 December 2017


Ludde Ingvall’s Australian Maxi CQS, finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Wednesday 6 December, taking Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days.

Ludde Ingvall’s Australian Maxi CQS was awarded the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy at a ceremony held at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Secretary General of the IMA, Andrew McIrvine presented Ludde Ingvall with the solid silver trophy for Line Honours in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race.

The second boat to finish the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race was Jochen Bovenkamp’s Marten 72 Aragon, Completing the race in an elapsed time of 12 days 19 hours, the powerful Maxi showed a tremendous turn of speed in the last 24 hours to power ahead of their close rivals.

Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Friday 8 December in an elapsed time of 13 days 19 hours. The French team lead the race overall after IRC time correction.


The team cheered for joy as they crossed the finish line. “We are very happy to be here in Grenada,” smiled Eric de Turckheim. “This is my first transatlantic race and it has been fantastic. Every time I finish any race, be it a running marathon or a yacht race, you feel emotional, but also relaxed. Your mind, body and soul is released from that concentration.

“For me a memorable moment was passing through the transition zone after the start. We had been upwind for a long time and we had a short passage of very light winds before we got into the tradewinds.

“One night it was so beautiful, flying the Code Zero, doing just four knots. There was no noise, nothing and the moon almost full. It was just magnificent!”

The stunning Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump with a crew of just nine, finished the race 35 minutes ahead of Tilmar Hansen’s German Elliott 52 Outsider. Eleven German teams are taking part in this year’s race, the first part of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the NRV (Norddeutsche Regatta Verein). NRV member Tilmar Hansen was delighted to be the first all-German team to finish the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race.

“We are thrilled to be here! It is great to be the first German team!” commented an elated Tilmar Hansen. “It is amazing and we can’t have enough of that, but we would have liked to have beaten the boats in front of us as well. We were trying hard, but it is very nice to be the first from Germany to finish this race.”

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