Following FARFALLA’s success in the ARC, we are delighted to announce that WINDFALL, the SW94, crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race at 19 hours 54 mins and 03 secs UTC on the 10th December to take second position in the IRC Monohull series, after a nail biting and highly competitive race.
WINDFALL, skippered by Irish Olympic sailor Tim Goodbody with a crew of 10 onboard, sailed some 3,200nm from Lanzarote to Grenada. Despite a challenging start with a limited sail wardrobe and damage to two of her spinnakers, with valuable repairs made by ex Americas cup sailor Jan Neergaard, WINDFALL was quickly back up to speed and took back position from her closest rival S/Y Valkyrie. With fast sailing under clear skies, WINDFALL managed to retain her lead on Valkyrie right to the end, and despite battling hard to close the ground between them and S/Y Nomad in first place, she was sadly unbeatable on this occasion.
As ever, there was more to life onboard than just racing and with delicious food from Chef Jo and fierce competition between the crew during the daily game of Monopoly, with some admitting it was taken even more seriously than the race itself, the crew certainly enjoyed themselves.
WINDFALL, who wanted to protect his 2nd place trophy from last year RORC Transatlantic, was chartered for the race by a passionate yachtsman and regular charterer of Southern Wind’s, to improve his Bluewater sailing with the support of the Southern Wind Sailing Academy. With an average speed of 11.4 knots and the top speed achieved of 21 knots, his determination was clear and all at Southern Wind would like to congratulate him on this fantastic achievement!
The battle is however not over just yet for WINDFALL and her crew as with S/Y ALOHA and others in the IRC class still to finish, WINDFALL’s final ranking is still in the hands of the wind… Only time will tell!
Lenght: 28.64 m
Designer: Reichel Pugh Design– Nauta Design