New record for RORC Transatlantic Race
Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s Supermaxi My Song finished the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race yesterday, 4 December, at 17:47:11 UTC to claim both Monohull Line Honours and to set a new Monohull Race Record.
My Song completed the 2,865 nm course from the Canary Islands to Grenada in an elapsed time of 10 days 5 hrs 47 mins 11 secs, shaving 01:19:48 off the previous monohull race record set in the 2015 race by Jean-Paul Riviere’s French Finot-Conq 100, Nomad IV.
“I feel very happy to come to Grenada, but it is too close to Lanzarote! We were enjoying crossing the Atlantic so much and racing My Song at 20 knots was amazing,” commented Pier Luigi Loro Piana.
My Song navigator Nacho Postigo found the conditions for the RORC Transatlantic Race to be the best he’d ever had. “Almost every day we had very few squalls, and at night we had brilliant stars, so it was fantastic,” reflects Postigo. “After getting through the pressure ridge at the start, the wind was between 16-22 knots, which is perfect and really pleasant.
“The main objective for us was to safely get the boat to the Caribbean. After the first few days, we were 240 miles behind the record, so we just forgot about it. Then slowly we were cutting it down and in the last three days, every half an hour someone was coming to the chart table wanting to know if we were on record pace.”
My Song’s crew for the RORC Transatlantic Race were: Pier Luigi Loro Piana, Giacomo Loro Piana, Luca Albarelli, Jaime Arbones, Andrea Balzarini, Gerri Baracchi, Giorgio Benussi, Alberto Bolzan, Ambrogio Francesco Maria Cremona Ratti, Gaetano Figlia di Granara, Andrea Forlani, Flavio Grassi, Cristian Griggio, Jose Ignacio Braquehais, Giorgio Peretti, Jacopo Piazzolla, Ignacio Postigo, Nicola Simoncelli, Vittorio Zaoli, Gabriele Zoppi.