With the start of the Caribbean season only a matter of weeks away, two SWS owners have decided to take up the challenge and race there as part of the inaugural Atlantic Rally Challenge, better known as the ARC.
While the ARC is more ‘cruising rally’ than ‘extreme ocean race’, it is no less competitive and here at Southern Wind we are delighted to be supporting FARFALLA (SW102RS) and FAR-OUT (SW72) in their quest for victory!
On 22nd November, 195 yachts, sailing under the flags of 27 nations, set out from Les Palmas in Grand Canaria under breezy conditions with their sights set on the Caribbean some 2700nm away to the west.
The racing has been competitive from the outset as FARFALLA, the third hull in the accomplished SW102 mini-series, led the fleet out into the Atlantic. With her proud Owner at the helm, on what is the yacht first outing on the racing circuit, FARFALLA is proving incredibly competitive. Despite a problem with her Code 0 in the opening stages of the race, her crew have achieved a top speed of 25.6 knots with an average speed of 13 knots over the 2100 nm already covered. While the performance is race worthy, the lifestyle onboard is very much more Â‘cruising rally’ with one crew member giving an honest account of life onboard on FARFALLA’s Facebook page: Â“Last nights curry was exquisite….we are very spoiled with our haut cuisine, cappuccinos, fluffy towels & the secret stash of magnums! It’s a tough life being a professional racing sailorÂ”. (https://www.facebook.com/yachtfarfalla/?fref=ts)
The Owner of the SW72 FAR-OUT, saw the ARC not only as an opportunity to complete his first transatlantic, but also to raise money for a cause he is passionate about. Alongside a group of fellow adventurers, Mr. Panfilo Tarantelli is raising funds for IntoUniversity (http://intouniversity.org/), a fantastic educational charity that works to raise the aspirations, and improve the life chances of children facing considerable educational disadvantage. We are delighted to be supporting this worthy cause and encourage all to give what they can. Please follow the link to FAR-OUT’s giving page: (uk.virginmoneygiving.com/arcrally).
FAR OUT are currently in 15th position in Cruising A division and it is clear both the owner and his crew are making the most of the adventure and finding a good balance between racing and fishing! To follow the yachts progress and to learn more about daily life onboard, please follow their blog at (http://www.farouttransatlantic.com)
Also setting sail for the Caribbean is the SW94, WINDFALL, which is taking part in the RORC Transatlantic Race, a highly competitive and thrilling race from Lanzarote to Grenada, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association.
Skippered by Irish Olympic sailor Timothy Goodbody, Windfall made the best start to lead the Maxis to the first mark and after two days of race, she is scoring a first position in elapsed time both Overall and in her class, IRC Z. (http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/tracking/2015-fleet-tracking.html)
The yacht has been specifically chartered for the race by a passionate yachtsman and regular charterer of Southern Wind’s who is aiming to improve his experience of Bluewater sailing with the support of the Southern Wind Sailing Academy. WINDFALL professional crew, including prominent figures such as the Danish ex Americas’ Cup Jan Neergaard, will lead him to the finish line and we hope retain his second place title from last year race.
We wish all those taking part in both the ARC and RORC Transatlantic fair winds and safe sailing!
For more Information:
Pegaso S.r.l (Marketing Representative of Southern Wind Shipyard)
Piazza della Vittoria, 15/22
16121 Genoa (ITALY) Ph: +39 010 5704035 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sws-yachts.com