The 5th edition of the race of RORC Transatlantic from the Marina Lanzarote at UTC 1200 on 24 November 2018 started with 10 teams participating in it. The final challenge of the 2018 calendar in the Club of Royal Ocean Racing was the 2,865 nautical mile long race which started from the Islands of Canary to Grenada and is seen as a transition to the Caribbean 600, RORC in February 2019.At the end of the day only can be a winner and Class40 was that winner.
Catherine Pourre’s Class40 Earendil succeeded in finishing the Race of RORC Transatlantic, 2018 on 8th December at 04:10:18 to take the Honors of Class40 Line for the race of 3000 miles from Lanzarote to Grenada.
Pourre along with the crew members Gery Atkins and Pietro Luciana received a grand and surprised welcome from the friends Miranda Merron and Halvard Mabire on the dock, who was fresh and alive from her adventures of Route du Rhum with Campagne de France’s Class 40.
In the race of 2016, Campagne de France toppled Earendil and had won the class, but this time Catherine Pourre’s managed to finish the race in the position of the pole and got a chance to celebrate for the same. He also finished the line with a record time and finished it 3 days quicker than the 2016 record.
In an interview, Pourre said that “this year’s conditions were far better and easier as compared to 2016 because the wind was very much stable and we suffered very few squalls. However, some good wind came across us to test Earendil’s modifications. We suffered some problems with the all-new system of the rudder and also faced some electronic issues but the boat was faster which was our main purpose and goal.”Norwegian Class 40 Hydra of Henrik Bergesen, which was skippered by Tristan Kinloch, was almost 380 miles away from the finish line when Earendil crossed the line.