Team SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE aboard the Volvo 60 finished the first ever RORC Transatlantic Race in the early hours this morning in Port Louis Marina, Grenada. After 14 days of racing the grey hull coasted around the bottom of the Island this morning to be the 6th boat to finish the race off of Morne Rouge Beach on the lea side of the Island. Five boats are still at sea with Nomad IV having commenced racing once again after pulling back into the Canary Islands for a repair to a broken boom on the newly launched Finot Conq 100′ racing machine.
This finish puts the team in second place in IRC Zero division, for the amateur crew who have never sailed together this was the event of a lifetime, a real bucket list item for most sailors and these brave men and women completed the course. The trade winds didn’t set in through this entire race due to constant storms further north in the Atlantic so this was strictly a downwind race, not optimal for a boat that was designed to reach but the team held if together and are now enjoying some R&R on the lovely Island of Grenada before returning home for Christmas.
Derek and the team will be at the Toronto and Vancouver Boat Shows in January to once again update visitors on the next round the world race as well as how the team training events available during the winter Caribbean season and spring time on the Atlantic.
Congratulations to the whole sailing team; Derek Hatfield, Chris Stanmore-Major, Grant Gordon, Mike Robbins, Gerry Vandergrift, Alan Rothenbush, Ed Rees, Mike Visser, Aurelie Cebe, Paul Chouinard, Michel Gagnon, Axel Hussein, Eric Gouin & Steefan Persoons.