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First RORC Transatlantic Monohulls Expected Tuesday (Day 10)

16th January 2023
I love Poland is firmly in pole position for Monohull Line Honours in RORC's Transatlantic Race
I love Poland is firmly in pole position for Monohull Line Honours in RORC's Transatlantic Race Credit: James Tomlinson

Three RORC Transatlantic Race teams are in the shoot-out for Monohull Line Honours and the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. The exquisite 19th-century sterling silver trophy will be presented in Grenada by the International Maxi Association Secretary General, Andrew McIrvine. The winner is expected tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th January 2023.

Contenders are: Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL), skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, IMOCA Canada Ocean Racing (CAN), raced Two-Handed by Scott Shawyer and Alan Roberts, and the Swan 115 Jasi (SWE), skippered by Toby Clark.

I love Poland is firmly in pole position for Monohull Line Honours and predicted to complete the race around midday (UTC) on Tuesday, 17th January. At their current speed, I Love Poland is over a day faster than their elapsed time in last year's race. In 2022, I Love Poland was second over the line to the 100ft Supermaxi Comanche. I Love Poland currently has a 144nm lead, but the all-Polish team is taking nothing from granted, as Navigator Konrad Lipski commented by satellite from on board on day seven.

IMOCA Canada Ocean Racing (CAN) has kept the same speed as I Love Poland over the last 24 hours. This is an impressive performance as Canada Ocean Racing is competing Two-Handed with Scott Shawyer and Alan Roberts.

Swan 115 Jasi (SWE), skippered by Toby Clark is positioned close to the rhumb line and has been making significant gains on their final approach to Grenada. Jasi is 156 miles behind I Love Poland and unlikely to take Monohull Line Honours, but a battle with Canada Ocean Racing is playing out in the final stretch to the finish outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. Jasi is taking a direct route to Grenada with a better wind angle than I Love Poland and Canada Ocean Racing.

Published in RORC Transatlantic

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Louay Habib is a Maritime Journalist & Broadcaster based in Hamble, United Kingdom

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