Yesterday saw the final stretch of the 2014 RORC Transatlantic Race in which the 23m/75ft luxury charter yacht ‘Lupa of London’ take line honours off the coast of the beautiful island of Grenada.
Following two delays due to bad weather conditions, the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race in conjunction with the International Maxi Association (IMA) finally kicked off on the 30th November. The fleet of high-performance sailing yachts set sail from Puerto Calero Marina, Lanzarote bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada West Indies, 3000 miles away across the Atlantic Ocean.
‘Lupa of London’ has been battling it out with another charter yacht, the 29m/94ft Southern Wind sailing yacht ‘Windfall’ all week, finally taking the lead early on Wednesday morning. Race fans and crew have been closely watching the RORC online tracker with the winners taking the International Maxi Association Trophy in an elapsed time of 11 days, 01 hour, 38 minutes and 55 seconds.
We worked really hard and seamlessly together to get the boat going as fast as we could and I am really proud of all the crew…..
Greeted by a cacophony of water cannons fired by the Grenada Fire Service, ‘Lupa of London’ and her crew were given a warm welcome into the Caribbean ‘Spice Island’ waters. Skipper, Daniel Stump from Isle of Wight commented on their victory: ‘We were only eight crew, but they are some top sailors with great commitment and willpower. We worked really hard and seamlessly together to get the boat going as fast as we could and I am really proud of all the crew….. Winning Line Honours is a dream and we have a great shot at winning the race overall.’